College basketball is a big deal in Kentucky and around the country. As March Madness approaches, a recent incident on the court could turn into a case of manufacturer's liability. A prominent college player suffered an injury when he experienced an equipment malfunction.
One of the most important pieces of equipment for a basketball player is his shoes. They enable the athlete to make quick stops, starts and turns that are vital to playing the game. In a recent game between two very highly ranked and competitive teams, a top player suffered a sprained knee when his shoe fell apart while he was playing.
This could possibly develop into a product liability case. Players rely on their shoes to provide them with foot and leg support on the court. Schools enter into agreements with manufacturers to equip the school's team. If a faulty piece of equipment, in this instance a shoe, can be shown to be the cause of the injury, a product liability case can ensue. Nike, the manufacturer involved in this incident, saw a large drop in their stock in the days immediately following the accident.
Equipment deemed necessary to perform a job or a sport should meet certain basic requirements. Among those would be strength and durability to provide support and protection as specified by the manufacturer. If a piece of sports equipment or safety equipment fails in an unanticipated manner and causes an injury, the injured party might benefit from seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney in Kentucky. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise the client as to what legal options are available regarding the manufacturer's liability.