Jacksboro, TN asked in Personal Injury for Tennessee

Q: My 17 year old daughter broke her leg at a roller rink that had no safety rails on the wall is the rink liable?

She had surgery to repair 3 broken bones in her leg. She was there with a friend at this rink. She skated before, and is a beginner, just not at this rink. There was a sign posted skate at your own risk. But no idea there were no rails on the wall. She was never asked to sign anything. Can they be held responsible for this injury?

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Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: There was legislation proposed several years ago to limit skating rinks from liability. I don't believe this passed. But I haven't checked for purposes of responding. In the absence of a special statute limiting liability, the roller rink would be liable for premises defects that are not "open and obvious."

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A: Premises owners that invite the general public onto thier property, like your roller rink, have a duty to protect against dangerous conditions they knew about or should have known about. Proving the landlord knew or should have known about the dangerous condition is typically the biggest fight in a premises case. I would suggest consulting with a personal injury attorneys as premise liability cases are complex.

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