Yukon and Canadian amateur softball alliances have been sued by a man who sustained severe injuries at Whitehorse’s Pepsi Softball Centre. It was after allegations that the bleachers had “gave way” during Canadian Slo-pitch Championships in 2016.
Ryan Joynt, in a claim declaration filed on August 9 at Yukon Supreme Court, claims that he attended the Softball championships on August 12, 2016, as a spectator. While he was walking along the Pepsi Centre, the bleachers “gave way” leaving Joynt suspended. The claim refers to Joynt as a “laborer” with lower body and leg injuries as well as lacerations and multiple bruises to the body, suffering from anxiety and loss of sleep.
Following the incident, according to the statement, Joynt’s injuries have caused him to lose life enjoyment, and left him in pain, and suffering, and with permanent physical disabilities. He adds that he has since lost financial stability and the capability of working. He has continued to pay for his medical treatment, and his family is now burdened to take care of him.
The lawsuit attribute Joynt’s injuries to wrongful acts, and or negligence of the Softball Yukon and Softball Canada who were co-hosting the women’s and men’s Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships in 2016. The claimed negligence include the associations’ inability to take reasonable or any care to prevent Joynt from injuries while using the bleachers at the Centre. They failed to take safety measures such as inspection and examination of the bleachers at the Pepsi Centre to ensure they were in safe conditions. They were unable to put up a sign or a warning of the unlikely dangers in the Centre.
Among other things Joynt is seeking compensation for the enjoyment of life loss, amenities loss, suffering, pain, damages for the past loss of income and loss of capacity to earn income, future care costs, incapacity to house maintenance, cost of action and special damages.