Premises and Operations Liability Questions...
I was at a well known restaurant/arcade chain playing one of the games. I grabbed the handle with my left and right hand and some metal wires were protruding out of the plastic coatings near the end of the handle. When I grabbed the handle the metal wires punctured into the middle of my hand.
I tried pulling the wires but couldn't since it was deep and hurting my skin. I then shouted at an employee standing about 10 ft from where I was. He came and helped me remove the wires from my hand while I was still holding the handle.
Since then I have been having numbness on my right hand and I visited a doctor. The doctor said it will go away in time but it's been 3 months already. What kind of case do i have?
Would this be product liability or personal injury against the restaurant or the game manufacturer?
I still have numbness on my right arm specifically forearm, wrist, hand and fingers from time to time. Thank you.
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ANSWER for "Premises and Operations Liability Questions...":
Steve (Glendale, California):
Liability, if any, would be against the restaurant owner under the premises liability theory. A property owner should inspect their property for known dangers and warn of them.
Here, the danger was that wires were protruding from a video game handle that is designed to be grasped by someone playing the game. Clearly the game was not regularly inspected. The only issue I can see, however is that it does not appear that you have sought regular treatment.
Settlements are based upon medical bills incurred in a given case. If you have not received regular treatment, any settlement would be minimal.
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