New York Injury Law Blog

Have Fun Playing Pokémon Go Without Getting Hurt

Pokémon Go is the latest smartphone craze to sweep the nation. While some of us have been playing Pokémon games for close to 20 years, others are just discovering the series for the first time.

Unlike previous Pokémon games, Pokémon Go requires players to move around real-world locations. Although this is exciting, it also opens the door to injuries and potential premises liability claims.

Catching Pokémon Is Safer (and More Fun!) in a Group

If you are a Pokémon Go player, consider playing with a group of friends or at one of the Pokémon Go events in Binghamton or your city.

For adult players, Binghamton hosted a Pokémon Go bar crawl in late July. Binghamton Economic Group has also developed a Pokémon Go walking trail for players of all ages to enjoy. The trail takes players through the city, stopping at various restaurants and other attractions.

Find local Pokémon Go events or plan your own with your friends. Pokémon Go is a great way to socialize and get some exercise outside – so long as you take proper safety precautions.

Avoid Injury on Your Pokémon Quest

Whether you choose to pursue Pokémon in a group or on your own, take precautions to avoid being hurt in an accident. Since the game’s release, there have been a substantial number of reports of players being injured in slip and fall and pedestrian accidents while playing.

Always be aware of your surroundings when playing Pokémon Go or when using any smartphone app. Never attempt to play Pokémon Go while driving or while walking through a congested or dimly lit area.

Before you go on someone else’s property to catch a Pokémon, be sure that you are authorized to enter the property. No Pokémon is worth trespassing and potentially risking an injury or a trespassing charge.

If You Are Injured While Playing Pokémon Go

If you are injured while playing Pokémon Go, get the medical attention you need as soon as possible. Take photographs of the injury and the accident site to later use as evidence to support your claim. Exchange contact information with any other parties involved in the incident. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask someone to help you.

After you have received appropriate medical care, speak with a personal injury lawyer about pursuing a personal injury claim. Because you were using your smartphone when the injury occurred, you may be deemed to be partially at fault for the accident. However, you can still recover compensation under New York’s comparative negligence law if someone else’s carelessness was the main cause.

Work with a Binghamton Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured while playing Pokémon Go, know your rights as a victim. To find out your rights based on your circumstances, set up a free consultation with personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today.

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