Can A Day Of Fun Become a Problem?
Any type of physical sport or recreational activity may present the risk of injury. It’s the nature of this type of activity. Typical recreational related accidents can involve injuries sustained on a trampoline, in or around a swimming pool, or injuries playing sports. Under Florida’s premises liability law, those who suffer injuries on another’s property because of a dangerous hazard, defect or condition may be able to recover compensation for their injuries. Premises liability law is based on a property owner’s duty to ensure that their property is reasonably safe for visitors. However, this liability depends on the relationship between the visitor and the property owner. If a visitor is an invitee, the premises owner owes a duty of reasonable care to ensure that the property is safe. In some cases, companies that offer recreational activities to participants may be immune from certain lawsuits as a result of requiring participants to sign a liability waiver. Additionally, Florida law has deemed certain types of landlords to be immune from liability for owning or leasing property that can be used by the public for outdoor recreational purposes as long as the area is kept safe for entry by visitors and warning given of any hazardous conditions.
Of course, injuries can occur just by playing sports. However, if you are injured while participating in a recreational activity as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled for compensation for your damages. Gym owners, personal trainers, and coaches can be held responsible for sports related injuries when the injury was due to the negligence and carelessness of the instructor or coach. If an injury resulted from faulty equipment, the entity who owns and/or maintains the equipment may be at fault. If an injury was caused by playing on a court or a field that was in an unsafe condition, or if the owner and operator of the sports facility did not have standard safety measures in place to reduce the risk or harm, a claim for damages can be made.
Millions of sports and recreational related injuries happen every year. Approximately 1/3 of those injured are hospitalized due to the severity of their injuries. Even if you were not hospitalized or need surgery, a sports related injury could still result in extensive medical bills, out of pocket expense and time missed from work.
The lawyers at Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith have been handling sports and recreational related cases for over 94 years. Our attorneys are experienced in the issues involved in prosecuting these claims on behalf of our clients.