Chicago White Sox starting pitcher, John Danks, is currently being sued by a former friend, who claims the pitcher did not call 911 after he sustained injuries in a fall at the pitcher’s home. The Texas man, who went to high school with Danks, was on a structure above a rooftop deck when he apparently fell, suffering spinal cord injuries. He is now a paraplegic. The incident occurred over two years ago.
In the recently filed lawsuit, the man made several claims. He stated that Danks not only failed to call 911 immediately, but also refused to give him access to his cellphone. In addition, the man claimed his injuries were made worse by Danks’ negligence, when Danks moved the man downstairs.
Is it possible Danks could be held liable? In a word, yes.
Illinois law allows those who are injured due to conditions at the home or business of another to file a premises liability claim. These premise liability suits can allow for an injured person to seek financial compensation for wages lost due to the injury, pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses. The amount of damages sought in the suit has not been identified.
Home and business owners are charged with using reasonable care in rectifying potentially dangerous situations on their property. At the very least, property owners are expected to make visitors to the property aware of any such perilous situations.
For those who have been injured on someone else’s property, consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can ensure just compensation is received.
Source: CBS Chicago, “John Danks Sued For Failing To Call 911 After Man Fell In His Home,” August 28, 2012.