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Homeowner Settlement for Failure to Stop Martial Arts Sparring in Her Home Resulting in Injury

A young petite woman, fit and trained in the martial arts attended a party at a friend’s house.  A male partygoer encouraged her to take part in a martial arts maneuver with him.  During the maneuver, the client was violently thrown to the ground fracturing her spine causing severe neurological injuries and requiring surgery. Gloria Seidule brought suit against the homeowner for failing to stop this dangerous activity on her property. She alleged the homeowner looked on while the demonstration was unfolding yet did nothing to stop it. The homeowner tried to hide insurance coverage, but GloriaLaw uncovered the insurance. Through investigation, the insurance company was located. Suit was filed against the homeowner and the male partygoer.  The insurance company settled after initially denying liability.

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