As some Georgia NFL fans may know, Reggie Bush of the San Francisco 49ers was injured when he fell on concrete encircling the playing area in the St. Louis stadium that is home to the Rams. The fall caused Bush to end his season early. According to reports, the star player may be able to take legal action for the slip and fall injury.
Bush was placed on the injured reserve list and is reportedly able to receive full wages during the remainder of the season. NBC Sports has reported that Bush would not receive compensation for pain and suffering due to the injury unless the matter is taken to court. In addition, a legal claim against the stadium owner might result in punitive damages.
Through a premises liability lawsuit, Bush may be able to be paid for the mental and physical anguish he suffered due to the fall. In such cases, the plaintiff needs to prove that the defendant did not provide due diligence in making sure the area was safe. It is an owner’s duty to assure that it is safe for users. In this case, experts may be called in to testify that the owner should have known that a cement area adjacent to the playing field might be a hazard. In some cases, when the carelessness of the owner is egregious, it may be possible for the plaintiff to ask for punitive damages. This is used as a way of deterring the defendant and other property owners from the same behavior in the future.
A person who has been injured due to dangerous conditions on a property may wish to speak to an attorney. If it can be established that the property owner was or should have been aware of the hazard and failed to correct it, the attorney may recommend the filing of a premises liability lawsuit against the owner that would seek damages for the losses that have been sustained.