Can I sue the college I go to if I tore my rotator cuff during karate?

My partner and I were taking turns doing new karate moves and my professor told us to take our time doing them. However, he never does. The first time he put me against the wall, my shoulder popped, and the second time I felt horrible pain. After that I stopped.

Asked on April 22, 2017 under Personal Injury, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Why could you sue the college? The college did nothing wrong--you were voluntarily taking a class which invovles some risks of injury, the professor was evidently giving you the proper safety-related advice ("take your time"), and the injury was caused by another student ignoring the professor's good advice. The school did nothing wrong and is not responsible for your injury. You may be able to sue the person who hurt you, if you can show that he was being unreasonable careless in how he was performing the moves on you--only a person at fault in injuring you may be liable for your injuries and medical costs.

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