Lawsuit: Plaintiff ‘Fell While Bowling’

It’s been awhile, I know, but I thought it’d be a good time to take a peek inside the civil realm of the Kitsap County Courthouse with a look at a lawsuit.

Here’s one filed Sept. 4. A couple was bowling on March 3, 2007, at a local bowling alley when the husband “fell while bowling,” and allegedly “sustained serious injuries.”

They’re seeking monetary damages to compensate the man for his medical bills, attorney’s fees, and other relief “the court deems just and equitable.”

In these days of our “litigious society,” as one Kitsap County deputy prosecutor once told me, this lawsuit presents, I think, an interesting issue for bowling alleys.

Bowling is a physical activity (not on par with, say, running or swimming). I’m pretty sure every time I’ve gone skiing, for example, I’ve had to sign a massive liability agreement. I don’t think I’ve had to when bowling.

Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, though. The lawsuit’s language is minimal (was he mid-stride in bowling? Did he slip on the wood below him?). I guess that’s an issue the parties will take up with the judge.

2 thoughts on “Lawsuit: Plaintiff ‘Fell While Bowling’

  1. Normal technique when bowling has the participant actually sliding forward on the wood approach as the ball is being thrown towards the pins. Without knowing anything else about this story other than what the author has provided it is possible that the approach was sticky causing the bowler to trip up during his slide. It’s the bowling center’s responsibility to make sure their playing surfaces aren’t gummed up as a result of say a prior customer dripping a beverage on the lanes. People taking food & drink out onto the approaches is a constant problem for bowling center operators. Not saying that’s what happened in this case but to discount the suit as totally frivolous without knowing the actual circumstances might be unfair.

  2. Pinboy,
    I can see it now. “I’m sorry for the wait, but your lane will be ready as soon as it is inspected with the certified sticky-o-meter and we are quite busy right now.

    There should be warning signs. ‘Carrying large balls can be hazardous to your health’.

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