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Strike! Slipping and Falling in Bowling Shoes

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Slip and falls outside bowling alleys have been on the rise since New York laws banned smoking at most indoor establishments. These smokers, forced to go outside for a cigarette, have kept their shoes on and, as a result, have been involved in an increasing number of slip and fall accidents due to their smooth bowling shoes getting wet and becoming more slippery indoors.

Should bowling alleys be responsible? Some legislators are now talking about a bill that would exempt bowling alley owners from liability lawsuits that come from those who fall after wearing their bowling shoes outside, as long as the owners post warning signs.

The proposed bill, sponsored by State Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Buffalo), would require bowling centers to post signs warning patrons that it's dangerous to go outdoors in bowling shoes.

In return for putting up the signs, proprietors would be protected from lawsuits due to a "slip, trip, stumble or fall" caused by a "substance or material on the bowler's bowling shoes that was acquired outside."

Gallivan's proposal was held back in the Senate Consumer Affairs Committee earlier this week, with Chairman Lee Zeldin saying "there are questions about the bill."

Does this bill give bowling alleys too much protection against serious injuries to its customers? SHouldnn[t anyone injured have the right to sue except in the most exceptional circumstances? For now it looks like this bill won't pass. Bowling alley injuries can be very serious and, if the bowling alley is found at fault, can help the victim pay medical bills, collect lost wages and take care of their family while recovering from their injuries.

If you Were Injured in a Slip and Fall, We Can Help

If you were injured in a slip and fall in a bowling alley or any other place, give us a call with any questions you have and to discuss if you have a case. Our experienced attorneys will provide a free consultation to discuss your legal options and answer all your questions. There is no obligation and never a fee until you get compensated by a verdict or settlement. Contact us at 516-222-4000

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