Each year, millions of Americans visit stadiums, ballparks or arenas to watch concerts, sporting events, ball games, races and other spectator events. Sadly, visitors to these buildings or parks can be at risk for catastrophic injuries or even death should the venue owners or managers fail to follow proper safety standards.
Owners and operators of sporting venues and events are well aware of the risk of injury that can happen to spectators. In order to avoid liability, the tickets to those events often contain warnings advising you that the facility or owners will not be responsible if you are injured while attending the event. This waiver is based on the legal doctrine known as assumption of risk, and many courts will not allow a personal injury lawsuit for injuries or damages that happened while at a sporting or concert event. However, there are exceptions to that rule.
If the owners of the building, stadium, sports complex or arena didn’t take adequate precautions to protect you, the fan, they may be liable for injuries you sustained as a result of their negligence. Also, if you were injured as a result of something that was not foreseeable, you may be able to sue. For example, if stand to stretch during the 7th inning stretch and decide to go get a hot dog but along the way the railing you were holding onto gives way and you fall, that was not expected or anticipated. The owners have a duty to make sure the premises are safely maintained.
Other stadium accidents or injuries that may NOT be included in the assumption of risk category can be caused by:
- Physical assaults
- Inadequate security
- Improper lighting
- Slip and Falls on wet or soiled surfaces
- Injuries from thrown objects
- Food poisoning from ecoli or Salmonella
- Falls from balconies or elevated heights
- Lack of guardrails or improperly maintained railings
- Lack of crowd control or trampling by crowds
- Parking lot injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Escalator accidents
- Faulty or improperly constructed ramps
- Rape or sexual assault
- Dram Shop (liquor liability) or continuing to serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron
Any accident or injury at a ball park, concert arena or sporting event can lead to broken necks, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain injuries, fractured skulls, head trauma, lacerations, internal organ damage and bleeding, or even death that can leave you, your family or a loved one with long term, catastrophic injuries and on-going medical expenses.
The experienced premise liability lawyers of the Philadelphia Beasley Law Firm have the experience necessary to prove that the owner of a property knew or should have known that a hazardous condition was present on his or her premises. We have handled a wide range of personal injury cases that occurred at rock concerts, sporting events, stadiums, arenas, car races, air shows, and other public events and we have recovered many verdicts and settlements in excess of millions of dollars for victims of slip and fall and premises liability claims. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury or if you have lost a loved one as a result of a defect or hazard on someone else's property, please feel free to contact us online or at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free, no obligation consultation.