Pokemon Go Can Result in Personal Injury Claims
Have you heard about Pokemon GO? The latest mobile video game has taken the nation and the world by storm, sending players whose mobile devices have GPS capability in search of virtual creatures called Pokemon. The game has been downloaded by more than 130 million people around the world and has been praised for encouraging video game players to be more physically active, getting up off of the couch and into the fresh air. Unfortunately, it has also caused a number of serious problems, including players being injured and causing injury to others as they pay more attention to the video screens than to the world around them. The situation is bad enough when players are walking, but when they are behind the wheel of a car and concentrating on catching a creature instead of on the road, it is a recipe for disaster. Playing a game, no matter how popular or addicting, is no excuse for being careless and negligent. If you or somebody you love has been injured as a result of a Pokemon GO player’s actions or irresponsibility, then you may be eligible for compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can provide you with valuable information about your rights and the steps you need to take to file a claim.
It is pretty rare to find a video game that can cause serious injury, but somehow Pokemon GO has managed to do it. The game’s developers actually have included Terms of Service that specifically indicate that those who play the game do so at their own risk and are responsible for any injury that they incur or that they cause to others. In fact, the game manufacturers even suggest that players carry some type of insurance. The language included when you download the game states, “…it is your responsibility to maintain such health, liability, hazard, personal injury, medical, life, and other insurance policies as you deem reasonably necessary for any injuries that you may incur while using the Services.” Though this language seems to warn of injury that can occur to the player, it is notable that it also mentions liability, and even goes so far to add that the company “disclaims all liability related to any property damage, personal injury or death that may occur during your use of our Services.” What that means is that if you have been injured by a person playing Pokemon GO, then you may be entitled to compensation from that person – not from the game manufacturer.
If you have been injured by somebody playing a video game, you’re not alone. There have been numerous reports of drivers getting into accidents and people running through public spaces with their eyes glued to their smartphone screen rather than watching where they are going. These people are negligent, and legally responsible for your injuries. Call the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about the compensation that we can claim on your behalf.