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Accidents And Injuries At Sporting Events And Venues

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California is home to 18 professional sports teams, more than any other state. San Diego is home to the Padres, and also has other high-level professional teams, including soccer, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, and indoor football. College, high school, and other academic level sporting events take place weekly. Golf, tennis, horse racing, and even drag racing and NASCAR racing are also favorite sports on any given weekend.

Big sporting events also means big sporting arenas in which to hold them. Petco Park, The Pechanga Arena, and Balboa Stadium are just three of the venues local to San Diego. These venues have activities all year long. Unfortunately, with many people in one place, frequent injuries can result from an accident at a sporting venue, anytime. From a stray ball on a baseball or tennis court to car accident on a track, a sporting event injury could be part of your visit.

Premises Liability 

Whenever you visit public or private property in California, the owners and occupiers are required to keep the place safe for everyone who visits. Those who do not are negligent in their duty of care and may be held responsible for any accidents that lead to an injury.

Premises liability requires the owners of the venue to be responsible for keeping the place reasonably safe for everyone who visits. This includes people attending the event, vendors, players, employees, and anyone else who has a reason to be at the venue. The duty of care means that:

  1. The owners and operators of the stadium have a duty to regularly check for dangerous conditions and other defects.
  2. They must perform maintenance and necessary repairs prior to any event necessary and anyone stepping onto the property. This can include safety devices such as nets to prevent flyballs from striking someone in the stands at a baseball game.
  3. They must issue warnings to visitors of safety hazards that have not yet been repaired. For example, signs and safety cones that warn visitors about wet floors or cracked cement that could cause an accident, or hazards that have not yet been repaired.

If the venue owners fail to follow correct safety standards that results in you or someone you know suffer an injury because of this negligence, you could have a case for a premises liability claim.

Types Of Accidents At Sporting Venues

Injuries happen at sporting venues and events from:

  • Inadequate or nonexistent security that fails to use crowd control or intervene where needed
  • Aroused fans who are disorderly, and aggressive or even violent
  • Injuries and fights in the parking lot
  • Alcohol consumption, increasing the prospect of violence
  • Slips or trips and falls
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Broken stairs, or missing handrails
  • Food poisoning from a vendor not following the correct health and safety procedures
  • Flying objects—balls, bats, rackets, pucks, helmets, cans, bottles, etc. (A baseball can fly as fast as 120 mph)
  • Players who collide with audience members, particularly at basketball games

Frequently, when you buy a ticket to a sporting event a disclaimer is included. It states that when you purchase your ticket, you assume the risks of any injuries that result from the game.

Despite the disclaimer, the owner, sports team, and other on-site parties are required to take reasonable measures to protect everyone from these hazards. Guardrails, netting, and other safety equipment are part of that duty of care. If the responsible party fails to take reasonable steps to ensure patrons safety, they may become liable if someone is injured. But injuries caused by something besides the game can be from negligence.

High-energy sporting events also carry the risk of crimes against attendees. Because it is a foreseeable danger, owners and organizers of the venue are required to take precautions to protect visitors and attendees. Without security, or without enough, owners and organizers can be held responsible by anyone falling victim to a crime at the venue.

Who Else Might Be Responsible?

Even if the owner or operator is not liable for your injuries there may be other parties involved, such as:

  • A negligent staff member at the stadium
  • Hired security personnel from an outside vendor
  • A product manufacturer
  • Another attendee
  • A driver in the arena parking lot

An injury at a sporting venue could involve more than one liable party and may or may not include the owner.

Recovering Compensation

Injuries during a sporting event can leave you with serious injuries that may take weeks or months from which to recover. You may be out of work while you heal from your injuries. You may be wondering if you have a claim against the facility. When you have sought medical care and have a treatment plan, you should next contact one of our San Diego sporting venue accidents personal injury attorneys.

Injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue injuries, spinal and neck injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries, are those that need considerable time for healing. If you're out of work, you will also have a difficult time paying for your care. That's where your injury attorney can help you recover compensation, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Other accident-related expenses.

Working with a premises liability attorney will ensure that you will receive the maximum settlement available for your injuries. Every case is different, and the results will not be the same for everyone. Our injury attorneys are experienced in premises liability and will work with you to make sure that your claim is filed correctly, and your lawsuit is filed timely.

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