Tennis fans are acutely aware of the story of Eugenie Bouchard, a once rising star in the world of Women’s Tennis until tragedy struck. Back in 2014, Bouchard was surging. She made numerous semi-finals at major tournaments, and even made the final at Wimbledon, arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.
Even though her success waned a bit in 2015, she was still a formidable opponent out on the court. But towards the end of the year, as she was leaving a tennis court during the US Open mixed doubles tournament, she entered the locker room and passed through the training room to get to the physiotherapist’s area. It was during this trek that she slipped on a foreign substance.
She suffered a concussion in the fall, and also some other injuries from a chemical substances that was still on the floor of the locker room. Bouchard’s career has never been the same since this incident, and she sued the U.S. Tennis Association for the slip and fall. The USTA was determined to be 75 percent liable in the case.
This is an incredibly unfortunate story that demonstrates a scary fact about premises liability and slip and fall cases: careers can be ruined when a person is injured due to unsafe property. You don’t have to be an athlete or a star for this to happen. Everyday people can have their professional lives ruined by a slip and fall incident. In these cases, a full investigation is necessary and the victim must protect his or her interests.
Source: Deadspin, “Jury Finds USTA Liable For Eugenie Bouchard’s Slip And Fall In U.S. Open Locker Room,” Giri Nathan, Feb. 22, 2018