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NJ ice rink could face premises liability claim after gas leak

In New Jersey, an ice rink in Hamilton had to evacuate their premises on Saturday, Oct. 26. A premises liability claim could be brought against the owners of the ice rink. Officials reported that high levels of carbon monoxide leaked into the skating rink, causing the evacuation. Firefighters were called to the ice rink at 10:30 a.m., after several children appeared to become ill.

A father was in the stands waiting to watch his son's game when he noticed kids coming off the ice feeling sick and complaining about their stomachs aching. Another hockey player's mother had to help him off the ice because he could barely walk. It was at this time that people realized there was a serious problem. In the locker room, where some boys were getting ready for the game, more children were noticed holding their stomachs and groaning.

Moments afterward, fire crews evacuated the building and ambulances transported seven children to the hospital. There they were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. The rink was closed for the rest of the day, but its doors were kept open to air out the building. The investigation into what caused the leak is ongoing.

Parents of the hospitalized children have the right to file a premises liability claim against the owners of the ice rink. If this claim is litigated successfully in the New Jersey court, the parents may be awarded compensation for any expenses arising from the damages suffered. Should negligence be proved, the awarding of punitive damages is a possibility.

Source: CBS Philly, NJ ice rink may face premises liability claim after gas leak., Matt Rivers, Oct. 26, 2013

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