Covid has impacted all of us in many ways. Activities once possible are currently no longer. In this respect, people have become more active outside, since regular gym participation is not possible. One of the more common sports to become popular (again) is roller skating. While in-line skates have remained about the same in popularity, quads, aka the original double sets of wheels, have returned with immense popularity. However, even with proper padding and precautions, accidents do occur. Should you find yourself injured through no fault of your own, you need a reliable and knowledgeable personal injury attorney at your side.
Injuries often occur in areas specifically designed for the use of skates, such as parks, roller rinks, and pop-up parties. For liability to arise, meaning that you are able to be compensated for your injury, you must show that you are not responsible for the harm caused. This means that while you are in the skating location, you abide by all the rules required by the establishment. They may vary from required protective gear, a limited direction or speed of skating, a certain level of experience, and/or an assurance that no alcohol is in your system.
Even with a helmet securely on, a bad fall from roller skates can lead to great physical injury. Most notably, concussions may still occur – while helmets do protect the outside of the skull, the inside still experiences a sharp whiplash upon the fall. Along with concussions, skates may sprain ankles, fracture wrists or elbows, suffer from lacerations, or even broken bones. One of the most common causes of injury during roller skating is from the conduct of other skaters, either skating dangerously, or by dropping food or beverages on the ground causing others to fall.
If you have been injured at a roller rink, you may not be liable for your medical bills. If the business has been found to be negligent in their duty to maintain the safety of the rink, a court may order them responsible for your medical bills. Examples of this would include negligent instructions from a teacher, floors not properly kept clean, or a poorly maintain skating area. Additionally, if another skater was acting recklessly, and their actions led to your injury, you may be able to sue the owner for allowing them there to begin with. Owners have a responsibility to maintain their business and to keep the premises safe for all who use it. If you have been injured at an indoor roller-skating rink, contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in White Plains NY, like The Law Offices of Francis X Young PLLC. They will have the knowledge to advise you on your next steps.