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Premises Liability: Non-Safety Glass

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Scott was a professional athlete. He had been training for the past eight years and had finally been accepted by the U.S. Olympic team. He had many sponsors who were supporting this Gold medal hopeful.

He was an accomplished swimmer. As part of his training, Scott was working out at the gym for five hours a day lifting weights to build muscle. He would also swim six hours a day. His specialty was the breast stroke 1500-meter relay.

The gym where he was a member and frequented was built some 30 years earlier. The premises had been renovated, but the widows and glass mirrors had not been remodeled due to budgetary cuts. The glass was not safety glass. The glass in the gym was old and weathered.

Scott has been a member of this sports gym for 10 years making it a practice to meet with trainers on a daily basis to build his stamina and endurance in preparation for the upcoming Olympics. While speaking with his coach one Sunday afternoon, Scott leaned against the front window constructed of glass. He merely placed his hand against the non-safety glass window to steady himself as he stretched his calf muscle.

Suddenly, he heard a cracking sound followed by the glass shattering into shards. One of the shards dug deep into his hand severing a tendon and causing massive amounts of blood. His coach quickly grabbed a towel and applied pressure to the hand.

The paramedics were called and Scott was transported to the hospital. In the emergency room, he was diagnosed with a severed tension and nerve damage. The extent of the nerve damage was yet to be determined. Scott was in great pain and was having difficulty raising his right arm.

He received stitches, was bandaged and sent home with pain pills. Following several doctor's visits, Scott was diagnosed with potential permanent nerve damage in his right hand and arm. The experts explained that surgery may or may not help the nerve damage and he might not recover 100 percent from the injury.

Due to the severity of the cut, Scott was unable to practice swimming for 8-weeks putting him behind on his training. When word of his injury reached his sponsors, they began to doubt whether Scott would heal in time for the Olympics and seriously considered pulling out of their sponsorship.

Scott was devastated. Now only were his life-long dreams of winning a gold medal about to be smashed, but his sponsorships and income as well.

What now? Scott contacted a personal injury attorney immediately upon reaching home after the accident. This type of personal injury would require a qualified, experienced attorney like the Law Office of Allan S. Field to represent his rights.

Scott had no other training but swimming. It had been his whole life. The medical bills were mounting and the thought of surgery to correct his nerve damage was daunting. Scott became depressed. His mental state was deteriorating as the days went by.

His family, friends and coach knew he needed professional legal help from a qualified personal injury attorney one who knew the laws about personal injury, premises liability, building code violations and product liability. The Law Offices of Allan S. Field has experience in these areas of the law.

Scott's physical and mental well-being were at risk as well as his career and longtime dream. Scott sought the help of a qualified personal injury attorney who was able to assert his rights and recover for the damages he incurred as the result of someone else's negligence.