Video games have been a popular form of entertainment for decades, and many kids who grew up playing Atari and Nintendo have gone on to become high-powered video game developers. However, some games can pose certain types of risks. Here’s what you need to know about video game injuries and the lawsuits that can arise from them.
1. What risks can video games cause?
In the early years of video games, some gamers discovered that flashing lights and certain sounds in games could trigger seizures or migraines in some players. While some games come with warnings about these risks today, many do not.
Since the development of “kinetic” controllers like those used on the Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect, injuries like torn ligaments and broken bones have been reported by users who suffered harm while playing these games, which require the user’s body to move in certain ways to control the on-screen game elements.
Games like Pokemon Go, which overlay a virtual game environment onto a real-world map, have also caused injuries when distracted players wandered into traffic or areas that caused harm.
2. Who is responsible if someone is injured by a video game?
When a player is injured by a game, the natural first place to look is to the game developer or distributor. Games like Pokemon Go, however, raise other liability questions due to their interaction with the real-world environment. For example, if a Pokemon Go player trips on a pothole while chasing a Pokemon and is injured, the property owner may share responsibility.
3. What should I do if a video game caused me harm?
First, see a doctor, who can both document and treat your injuries. Then, speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your situation. Taking photos or writing down what you remember about the accident can also help build a record to support your claim.
Contact the Experienced New Jersey Attorneys of Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A.
While video games can be fun, they can also pose certain risks. If you’ve been injured while playing a game, talk to an experienced lawyer for insight about your legal options. Contact the top-rated trial attorneys at Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. today at 866.523.3121 to learn more.
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