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Former NFL star awarded $12.5 million in premises liability suit

Pro football fans here in Raleigh undoubtedly remember Reggie Bush, the speedy running back who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints back in 2006. The former USC star had some success in the NFL, but never quite lived up to the hype and expectations that surrounded him after he won the 2005 Heisman trophy.

Though he announced his retirement from football late last year, Bush recently scored a major victory over the Los Angeles Rams when he was awarded $12.5 million in a premises liability lawsuit.

Bush suffered a season-ending injury back in 2015 when he slipped on a concrete ring inside the Rams’ old stadium back in St. Louis. His lawsuit was heard in St. Louis, where a jury awarded him $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages.

Afterward, Bush said he was “very happy with the verdict. The people spoke and decided very fairly.”

Bush was playing with the San Francisco 49ers when they met the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome. He was pushed out of bounds by a defensive player. The momentum carried him past the team’s bench and onto a concrete ring that circles the field. He slipped on the concrete and fell backward, tearing the meniscus in his left knee.

The injury ended his season after only five games. He played just one more season (with the Buffalo Bills) before retiring last December.

While few of us will play in the NFL, an unfortunate number will slip and fall on unsafe surfaces and sustain injuries.

If you have been injured in a slip or fall, contact an attorney experienced in personal injury and premises liability litigation.

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