An Illinois man injured while attempting to maneuver his wheelchair through a parking lot has filed a lawsuit against the bowling company that owned the lot. According to the report, the man fell into a hole in the parking lot as he attempted to leave the bowling alley on April 20, 2012.
In the lawsuit, which was filed against St. Clair Bowl, the man claimed that he suffered serious injuries that hindered him from being able to complete his daily activities. Additionally, the injuries caused him to incur expensive medical costs. The man accused the bowling company of failing to keep the lot free of disrepair and for failing to warn him of the defective condition of the pavement.
The man is reportedly seeking compensation for the amount of $50,000 plus the costs of the lawsuit. The report did not include a statement from the accused company.
Businesses are required to ensure that their property is safe for their customers, regardless of whether they are ambulatory or need wheels to get around. If the property is in a state of disrepair, the company must provide a warning. If the owner of the property fails to do this and someone suffers serious injuries as a result, the injured person may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner.
By filing this lawsuit, the injured person may be eligible to seek compensation for any financial damages that they sustained as a direct result of the injuries that were suffered. This includes but is not limited to the costs of legal assistance and the effects of pain and suffering.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Wheelchair-bound man sues St. Clair Bowl over parking lot injury“, April 17, 2014