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What Are My Rights If I’m Injured On A Public Tennis Or Basketball Court?

Posted on May 25th, 2019 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in an accident that you did not cause, contact a personal injury lawyer. A claim that is filed by a personal injury lawyer with the negligent party’s insurance company may result in a significant settlement. Serious injuries demand specialized and costly medical treatment. It is unfair to expect the victim to have to pay for their own treatment. However, it can be difficult to determine who should be liable for damages when the circumstances make it unclear. This can be especially true when a person is injured on a public tennis or basketball court. When in doubt, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. 

How is liability assessed for injuries sustained on a public tennis or basketball court?

Sometimes an accident results in an injury, and it is simply deemed an accident, with no liability attached to anyone other than the person who was hurt. When a personal injury lawyer reviews a case, he or she determines if an act of negligence on the part of anyone other than the victim played a direct role in causing the injury. For an injury claim or personal injury lawsuit to result in compensation for the victim, their lawyer must prove that another party’s negligence caused the victim’s damages. It’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer at the onset if you wish to avoid unnecessary effort and costs if your case is not strong enough to hold up in court. After a consultation with a personal injury lawyer, you should have a clearer picture of your legal options.

Here is an overview of instances in which someone who sustains an injury while visiting a public tennis or basketball court might have grounds for filing a claim against another party for compensation:

  • Unsafe or hazardous court conditions. If a municipality does not maintain the surfaces of the publicly accessible courts, and is aware of the hazardous nature of the courts, they might be held liable for injuries. Slip and fall accidents are particularly common and can result in a broken hip, broken limbs, and head injuries.
  • Poor lighting. If the court is open to the public during hours when daylight is low or non-existent, sufficient lighting must be in place. If the municipality fails to maintain the lighting system, it can cause unsafe conditions. Players might be vulnerable to colliding with solid surfaces, slip and fall accidents, and may be at greater risk for physical harm and robberies by those who can take advantage of the darkness.
  • Assault by another individual. If another user of the court, or another individual within the community assaults someone, the victim can seek compensation for their damages through the civil court system with the legal assistance of a personal injury lawyer. This is true even if the assailant is charged with a criminal offense within the criminal justice system.

To discuss your case with a seasoned Memphis personal injury lawyer at no charge to you, contact a law firm today.
Thanks to Patterson Bray for their insight into personal injury claims and injuries at a public tennis or basketball court.

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