I got out of my car and was walking toward a fast food restaurant door. I reached back to grab my niece's hand and then turned back around. When I did I tripped over some broken concrete in the parking lot by the door. I fell and broke my wrist.
I have been playing semi-pro basketball for some time and just this year I got a call to go overseas to play on a nice contract. Now I can't play ball. I can't even shoot the ball because my wrist is broken.
I'm scared to tell the team owner that I hurt myself because I know the outcome, they will not take an injured player and pay a big contract if he can't play. What can I do? Thanks for any information.
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ANSWER for "Broken Wrist from Tripping in a Parking Lot...":
Kevin (Dallas, Texas):
It appears you may have a negligence action against the owner of the property upon which you were injured. The legal theory of "Premises Liability" will very likely apply in this instance.
You and your niece are considered "Invitees" onto the owner of the parking lot's property. The owners of residential and commercial properties have a duty to make their properties safe for those they invite onto them. Commercial property owners have a higher duty to their property invites than do residential property owners.
It is not immediately clear that your injuries will result in more than compensation for your medical bills, out of pocket expense, such as prescription and non prescription medication, casts, and other medical devises necessary for your recovery. You may also be entitled for the wages you may have lost as a result of your injury, as well as possible compensation for a reasonable amount for pain and suffering.
The question though will be, the amount of lost wages a court may award you or an insurance company may pay you. If you are able to produce verifiable proof from your basketball team's employer that there was a valid contract in place for a certain amount, and because of your injury the team refuses to pay you the amount you would have earned if your wrist wouldn't have been broken, you may be able to convince the court to pay you the amount of the contract.
It is certainly a credible case worth pursuing. You might consider visiting with a qualified personal injury attorney. Most will not charge any fee for an initial office consultation.
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