It is a well-known fact that sports can be dangerous. For example, there are plenty of stories about athletes who suffered severe injuries or death due to overexertion. However, you wouldn't think that the fans of these sports would also have cause for concern. Unfortunately, spectators at sports games are often severely injured due to no fault of their own. Countless spectators have been hit in the head by baseballs, suffered lacerations due to damaged bleachers or been assaulted by other spectators. If you have sustained injury, you need a Philadelphia personal injury attorney.
In Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia area, there are many varieties of sporting events, and all have the chance of injuring the fans who attend them. Most sporting event centers put disclaimers on tickets and entryways warning fans of entering at your own risk but a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Sporting event locations will claim that they are not responsible for injuries occurred in their stadium. However, in the following examples, stadiums can be found liable for a spectator's injury:
1) If a fight broke out among the players and spilled onto the stands and injured a fan, the sporting event location may be held responsible for the spectator's injuries because that type of injury is not considered foreseeable happening when entering the facility.
2) If the stadium neglected to repair a railing or a seat and you or a loved one are injured as a result, they may be held responsible.
3) If the protective screen protecting foul balls is cracked or broken and spectator is injured because of it, the stadium can be responsible.
When Can You File a Spectator Sports Injury Lawsuit?
Negligence is usually the grounds for a spectator sports accident injury lawsuit. In order to assert negligence, your lawyer will need to prove that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care.
- The defendant breached their duty of reasonable care.
- The plaintiff was injured.
- The plaintiff's injury was due to the defendant's breach of the duty of reasonable care.
If one of these conditions is not met, then your lawsuit may be dismissed. Depending on how you were injured, there are many possible defendants. Some examples of defendants include other spectators, sports event promoters and athletes that participated in the sports event in question. You may also have the opportunity to sue the employees, owners and operators of sports venues and concession stands. Some states feel that it is inherently risky to attend certain sports games such as baseball or hockey, and thus, they have created laws that make it more difficult for people to successfully sue for injuries resulting from being hit by pucks or baseballs.
An injured person needs to contact a Pennsylvania spectator sports injury lawyer as soon as possible so he or she can help you determine if you actually have a case. Your lawyer will ask you to explain how you were injured. Your lawyer will also go over commonly used defenses and see if they apply to your case. For example, the top two defenses to a spectator sports lawsuit are that there was an assumption of risk and that you released liability by buying a ticket. In any event, get your case evaluated today.