Rick is a 35-year-old dance instructor from Connecticut who moved to Mountain View, California in late 2018. He has a job at one of the foremost dance studios in California and he’d say that he has been doing well for himself since he arrived.
Since his arrival at the studio, their rating has gone up and some of the clients have even requested Rick as their personal dance instructor due to his reputation for excellence. He has been planning a lot of new things for the business - and this expansion means that the boss has recommended that Rick train a junior dance instructor in the tricks of the trade.
This means that Rick will have to consider the trainee as his direct understudy - but also that Rick will have a partner who can help with dance demonstrations when students need to see how something works when it’s done properly.
It makes his job a lot easier. Rick gets told that the dance instructor working under him has already been working for four years and has shown a lot of potential. He’s all about giving new talent a fair chance, and Rick agrees to show them the ropes. They make a first appointment for the following Tuesday.
During their first appointment, Rick decides to run the new dance instructor through a few moves in preparation for the next class. He’s impressed with what the student has to show him. The secondary student also makes a few good suggestions to the existing routine that Rick decides to incorporate.
During practice, they have to execute a particularly fast turn. They run through it a few times and Rick notices that the instructor is having trouble. Rick suggests that they take a break, but the assistant instructor insists that they continue.
Something goes wrong during their fourth run-through of the turn: Instead of stopping, the instructor persists, causing him to land on an uneven piece of flooring that tripped him as result of defective manufacturing.
He tries to get up and quickly realizes that he must have sustained a severe injury: He’s completely unable to move his left leg. They call for immediate medical attention and Rick is taken straight to the emergency room for scans.
X-rays show that Rick fractured his leg in two places due to the impact. It’s the kind of injury that’s going to need surgery to fix. This is surgery that Rick doesn’t have the money to pay for but is desperately going to need if he wants to resume his career as a dance instructor at all.
He’s forced to take time off work for the injury to heal and finds that his mobility is never the same again after the incident takes place.
After the surgery, he speaks to his boss about the incident. According to the owner of the dance studio, the same accident could have happened to anyone and he says that he doesn’t take responsibility for it - and refuses to find Rick another dance instructor to work with because he says that the instructor did nothing wrong and the flooring was not his responsibility.
Rick feels like this leaves him without any recourse for the damages he suffered as a result of the incident happening.
As a result of the incident, Rick experiences chronic pain in his leg and has to get around with the use of crutches, which has had a massive impact on how he is able to get around. Since the incident took place, he was forced to max out some of his credit cards in order to pay for the medical costs that was run up in order to fix the leg injury.
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