Why Does Reggie Bush Have a Case?
The Reggie Bush case is a classic example of a slip and fall accident with much more serious financial ramifications.
Reggie Bush slipped on concrete at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis as he ran off the field after a play. His momentum from the play carried him onto the concrete surrounding the field, which he slid on in his football cleats and as a result tore his left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his knee.
A torn ACL is a serious injury. In this case, it happened not because Reggie Bush simply tripped of his own accord, but because the stadium built a border around the playing field that was made of a material that could cause injury to the players. The football turf created friction against Bush’s football cleats. When his momentum carried him onto the concrete surface, the friction from the turf was immediately eliminated, causing him to slip and sustain the injury..
There is liability involved in Reggie Bush’s injury. Whether the responsible party was the stadium owner, the City of St. Louis, the architect or designer of the stadium or entity who inspected the stadium, the fact is that someone could and should have foreseen an incident like this happening and taken measures to prevent it.
What Does the Reggie Bush Case Teach Us?
As an athlete, Bush’s physical health affects his long-term career earnings (the same way a construction, factory, or service worker’s physical health affects his or her long-term career earnings). A torn ACL for an athlete of any caliber can be a devastating injury – when it heals, it likely won’t perform as well as it did before the accident.
At Carpey Law, we would evaluate the case the same way we would evaluate any other slip and fall case. The “measure of damages” would include: pain, suffering, cost of medical care, cost of future medical care, wage loss, and future wage loss. Bush is older – he’s been in the league more than 5 years, meaning he only likely had a few more years left. If this injury jeopardizes several years’ worth of professional football earnings, it’s a slip and fall case worth millions of dollars.
Wage loss for a high earner can make a case enormous – that’s one of the measures upon which personal injury cases are evaluated. So while your average slip and fall case is not worth millions (as most workers are not earning a professional football salary), they are evaluated the exact same way as the Reggie Bush case would be.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.