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Tennis player achieves settlement after slip-and-fall accident

Several years after a slip-and-fall accident at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City caused her a serious head injury, a Canadian tennis player has settled a premises liability lawsuit with the United States Tennis Association. Eugenie Bouchard, once ranked as one of the five top female tennis players around the world, slipped and fell at the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament. A wet locker room floor led to the incident, which caused a head injury that prevented her from playing out the remainder of the tennis season.

Following the settlement, Bouchard noted that she was happy with the terms that had been reached. While her world ranking has fallen dramatically since her injury, leaving her ranked 116th in the world, she has also achieved significant success as a fitness model. As part of the case, her lawyers argued that the head injury had done irreparable damage to her tennis career.

In an initial phase of the case, a jury had already found that the majority of responsibility for the slip-and-fall accident lay with the USTA, which had a responsibility to keep its premises throughout the locker room safely maintained. The settlement was achieved shortly before the next phase of the trial was to begin, in which Bouchard would present evidence of the damages suffered as a result of her head injury.

Slip-and-fall accidents on poorly maintained properties can be a serious danger to anyone's health and well-being. Property owners have a responsibility to safely maintain their property and can be held accountable for premises liability when they fail to do so adequately. In fact, these types of accidents can have long-term, painful consequences including brain injury, spinal damage or broken bones. A personal injury lawyer may be able to work with injured people to fight for compensation for the damages caused as a result.

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