Reggie Bush is filing a gross negligence lawsuit against the city of St. Louis, who owns the Edward Jones Dome. Bush tore his MCL while slipping on exposed concrete on the sideline of Edward Jones Stadium.
Gross negligence is a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both. In this case leaving the cement exposed next to the playing field shows voluntary disregard, to protect the players on the field, who had a high probability of contacting the surface while performing their jobs, causing injury. With prior incidents at this stadium already, Bush can show the stadium had knowledge of prior incidents with the exposed cement and took no preventative actions.
The total value of the lawsuit will depend on how much money Bush is due to lose, this year and beyond, as some are calling it a career ending injury. His one-year contract this season with the 49ers included a weekly bonus of $18,750 for being active, which a reasonable person would expect him to try to recuperate that money plus more.