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Preventing injuries at outdoor events

As the weather remains fairly warm, many Georgia residents are able to continue enjoying outdoor activities for a while longer. It is important that they are aware of the risks they might have of potential injuries when they attend outdoor events.

One New Jersey case is illustrative of the issue. In the case, a man attended his wife's company picnic. For the event, the company had also rented a trampoline set up with attached bungee cords and a harness. People could get into the harness and then jump from the trampoline while an operator controlled the height they went into the air.

While the man was jumping, the operator made a mistake. He started lifting the man into the air again before the man was able to touch down on the trampoline. This error placed the entire weight on the man's arm, tearing ligaments and tendons. The man had to have surgery and was left with two large scars on his arm. He continues to suffer from ongoing pain, weakness and a reduction in his range of motion. The man sued the rental company, the company that sent the operator, the manufacturer of the apparatus and the establishment holding the event. He reached a settlement of $307,500 in mediation with the various defendants.

People who have premises under their control may be held responsible for injuries that occur on the property when a person is there legally. Companies and property owners are responsible to remove hazards to reduce the risk of otherwise preventable accidents. When an owner or another person in control of the property fails in their duty, the injured victim want to discuss with an attorney the possibility of filing a premises liability lawsuit seeking compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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