Sports bars are known for their large screen television displays. But what happens when these free standing large screen displays collapse? Usually it is the unsuspecting guest sitting below the defective TV mount that is injured. In such cases the injured party has a right to legal assistance for recovery of their injuries. Many times the injured party is not aware they have rights or that they can be reimbursed for their injuries. If you have been injured in a sports bar contact our offices today for a free case evaluation.
Who Is Liable For Injuries Caused By Defective Wall Mounts Who is liable? Liability is not often times clear in these types of cases. You can essentially hold a number of parties liable for the injuries. For example if the injuries were the result of a defective TV mount or improper installation, you can hold responsible the bar owner, the mount manufacturer and the installation company. A manufacturer will be held liable when they put into the stream of commerce or sale a product which is defective. There is no requirement that the manufacturer actually know of the defect. Unlike other types of claims, there is no intent element for a defective product claim. Defective product claims can arise when the product is defectively designed, manufactured or when the manufacturer failed to warn of the specific dangers. A TV mount that cracks or fails will be considered defective. Determining whether it was a manufacturing issue or a Sport bar operators will also be held liable when they negligently employ an installation company who fails to do a proper installation. Generally an employer is held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees. In this case an installation company is not necessarily considered an employee, but an independent contractor. However, if the sport bar fails to employ a qualified company they can be held liable in part of injuries sustained. Installation companies who fail to properly fasten and secure a TV to the mount, which subsequently cause injury can be liable. When an installation company holds itself out as having knowledge in the installation of these units and they fail to do so properly, then they can be held liable. More on Recent TV Wall Mount Defect Visits
Sport Bar Liability to Customers – Lawsuit against Business Owners Customers who frequent a sports bar are owed a specific duty of care. This duty includes a duty to inspect and warn of any known, unknown and could have been known dangers. While this does not include inspecting the TV mounts regularly, there is still a duty imposed to inspect. However, if the injury was caused from a defective mount or defective TV stand unit, it is likely that the sports bar will not be held liable. In such cases it is important to bring a cause of action against the manufacturer under a product liability theory of recovery. If the product is in fact defective we will need to secure the product in its post accident form. This will allow our experts time to inspect the product.
Common Injuries caused by TV Mount Injuries from a defective or properly installed mount can include the following:
- Spine injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic Head Injury
- Brain Damage
- Traumatic eye injuries
- Fractured wrist
- Compressed spine
- Nerve damage
- Hand injuries
- Leg injuries
This is not an extensive list of injuries: If you have been injured seek medical care for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured from a defective TV mount contact our offices for a free consultation. We are happy to review your case and offer our analysis.
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