Sports venue injuries more common than you think
Football. It’s almost as American as the bald eagle, or the star-spangled banner. The 2016 football season is well under-way and hundreds of thousands of spectators will flood Texas football stadiums each weekend in support of their teams.
The last thing on a spectator’s mind when watching a sporting event is the threat of personal injury, however sporting venues are arguably more prone to a significant number of injuries due to the shear amount of people that attend, as well as the general atmosphere of competition.
Whether you are rooting for the Aggies or the Longhorns, Cowboys or Texans, an injury can still occur.
Venue Premise Liability
While there is a serious risk of injury for fans in attendance, stadium owners have a duty to make sure that all risks are minimized. What many people don’t know is that included with every ticket purchase is a few paragraphs of legalese printed on the back in very small type, outlining the stadium owners claim that the team and/or venue is not responsible for any harm that may be incurred by the action of the game. This disclaimer also includes any injuries that may occur due to negligence on the part of the venue such as slip and falls, or food poisoning. Some injuries may even involve a third party who is responsible.
Do I Have A Personal Injury Claim?
If you have been injured due to one of the following reasons, you may have a personal injury claim:
- Accidents resulting from an over served spectator
- Escalator/elevator accidents
- Slip/trip and fall accidents
- Falls from upper decks or balconies
- Crowd control issues
- Food poisoning
- Poor lighting
- Injuries from thrown objects
- Inadequate security
- Parking lot injuries
- Assault or aggression from another attendee
Back in 2012, a 25-year-old Houston Texans fan died after falling 60 ft., from a fifth-floor escalator. In 2014, a 48-year-old man suffered severe head injuries after falling down steps at a Baltimore Ravens game and in 2011, 7 fans were injured by falling ice at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
Injuries are also a common occurrence at baseball games. In July of 2011 a father fell to his death while trying to catch a ball thrown towards him by a Rangers outfielder. He lost his footing and fell over the rail, as his son looked on. A year prior, another fan fell and fractured his skull at the same stadium. These incidents prompted the stadium owners to raise the railings.
What A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You
If you were injured while attending a sporting event it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney right away. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our firm can aggressively pursue compensation for financial expenses such as medical costs, future expenses, therapies, lost wages and more. Contact one of our experienced Texas premises liability attorneys today for a free, no obligation, case evaluation. We have a team of professionals who are ready to assist you with your claim 24/7. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler