Many people think that in order to bring a personal injury claim against a company, you have to have suffered catastrophic injuries or someone should have died as a result of injuries. It’s important to remember, though, that even seemingly minor accidents can leave an individual seriously injured.
Those injuries may also keep an individual from working for a period of time. The combination of medical expenses related to the injuries combined with the inability to work may cause someone to seek compensation.
Recently a New York appeals court allowed a lawsuit against a local YMCA to proceed. The lawsuit was filed by a man and his wife after the man reportedly fell on ice in the parking lot of the Kingston and Ulster County YMCA.
The man was outside the YMCA around 5:30 a.m. when he fell. The fall knocked him unconscious and led to several broken ribs. The man claimed the parking lot was poorly lit and that the lot was not adequately maintained in regards to the winter conditions.
The YMCA tried to get the case dismissed but the court said they were not able to establish that the man fell solely because of an ongoing storm. They were also not able to establish that a lack of lighting in the parking lot did not contribute to the man’s accident.
Incidents like this happen all the time. While some people thankfully only experience a bruised ego or some minor bruising, others, especially those that are elderly, can end up with severe head injuries and broken bones.
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