Settlement Obtained for Minor Injured by Unanchored Soccer Goal

GWC attorney, Janine M. Rosana, obtained a $102,000 settlement for a seven-year-old boy who sustained injuries when an unanchored soccer goal fell on top of him. Unanchored soccer goals have caused serious injuries and even deaths throughout the United States. Recently Illinois passed regulations pertaining to movable soccer goals.

Illinois Public Act 097-0234 was passed in August 2011 and provides that under:

Section 10. Soccer goal safety and education policy.

Movable soccer goals present a serious threat to the safety of children and adults from the dangers of unanchored or improperly anchored soccer goals tipping over. Care should be taken when installing, setting up, maintaining, moving, and properly securing a movable soccer goal. If an organization owns and controls a movable soccer goal, it must create a soccer goal safety and education policy that outlines how the organization will specifically address the safety issues associated with movable soccer goals.

Section 15. Tip-resistant movable soccer goals required.

(a) Beginning one year after the effective date of this Act, no commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture,  re-manufacture, retrofit, distribute, sell at wholesale or retail, contract to sell or resell, lease, or sublet, or of commerce, a movable soccer goal that is not tip-resistant.