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.
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:
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.
Injuries happen at sporting venues and events from:
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.
Even if the owner or operator is not liable for your injuries there may be other parties involved, such as:
An injury at a sporting venue could involve more than one liable party and may or may not include the owner.
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:
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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