07 Jan Waiver, Idioms, St. Louis
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Rana Law Group Newsletter
In this issue:
- Waiver/Assumption of Risk
- Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
- St. Louis Proud
Waiver/Assumption of Risk
With the weather turning colder, many families and organizations turn to indoor recreational activities, such as climbing gyms, bounce places and trampoline parks, or individuals start going to workout facilities, such as gyms or fitness centers, to meet their New Year’s resolutions. While the liability and waiver issues tend to be similar for all of these types of facilities, I am focusing on trampoline parks because they were in the news recently. While these types of places can be fun, they are inherently very dangerous and can lead to serious injuries. According to a CBS news story, participation can lead to “catastrophic injuries”, such as broken bones and even death, all while doing activities that seem fun at the time.
Many of these places require participants to sign liability waivers and, if they get sued, defend these types of cases by saying the user assumed the risk and waived away liability. However, a knowledgeable attorney can help with these arguments. When you go, exercise extreme caution, follow all safety rules and carefully read the liability waiver. If an injury occurs, document the injury with the facility, get immediate medical attention and then call our office to get free legal advice.
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
I like using this phrase in my closing arguments during jury trials in the context of when someone is in a car crash, the person sometimes gets fearful that it will happen again. In other words, they are waiting for the other shoe to drop, but then I realized I did not actually know where this phrase originated. Apparently, in the crowded tenements of New York City during the industrial revolution, floors were so thin that you could hear your upstairs neighbor take their shoes off one at a time. As the neighbor below, when you heard one shoe drop, you knew it was just a matter of time before the other shoe would drop. This link contains the origins of other common idioms, including “bite the bullet”, “break the ice”, and “riding shotgun”. It was a fun, interesting read.
St. Louis Proud
As many of you know, I love St. Louis, which is why it is such an exciting time to be a St. Louisan. In terms of sports, the Blues won the Stanley Cup, the Cardinals made the playoffs and we will be getting a Major League Soccer team and the XFL Battlehawks. From a business standpoint, the Cortex innovation district keeps expanding and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will bring jobs and revitalization to their new location in north St. Louis. I cannot wait to see all the renovations to Union Station, like the ferris wheel and aquarium. In the near future, I am looking forward to riding my bike on the Chouteau Greenway to the new food court and mall opening as City Foundry. If it is anything like Atlanta’s Beltline/Krog St. Market, which I visited this past September while teaching, it will be a truly great addition to St. Louis. Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo also announced renovations and improvements [see each of the links for the press releases], which will be fun to check out with the family. This is just a sampling of the wonderful things happening in our community, which is why I am so proud to be a St. Louisan during this time of amazing growth.