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Can you sue a sporting venue for injuries you suffered on their premises?

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2020 | Personal Injury

If you regularly follow sports, you’re probably aware of various incidents in recent years where fans suffered injuries while viewing a sporting event. Such incidents, unfortunately, happen more often than they should. You should know what types of injuries are most common at sports events and who you can hold liable for your medical costs and other damages if you suffer injuries while in attendance at one of them yourself.

Slip and fall incidents

There are many reasons why slip and falls are so common in sports facilities. Attendees may lose their footing while trying to navigate a spilled drink in the lobby or the stands. Someone may also suffer a slip and fall while visiting the bathroom during the seventh inning stretch or halftime. Water may pool around toilets and sinks. 

Your ability to sue the stadium or arena is contingent upon you proving that the owner should have reasonably known that the floor was in an unreasonable condition and thus that they should have fixed the problem in advance.  In other words, you as the victim must be able to prove that the property owner knowingly did something wrong.  

Struck-by injuries from balls, bats, pucks and even players

Another incident that can occur at a sports facility is a “struck-by” event. If you take out your ticket, you’ll likely notice a disclaimer advising you of the risks associated with attending a live sporting event. These may include being struck by sports equipment and having players collide with you.

The language on your ticket likely advises you that you assume the risk for any injuries when you attend an event. There may be exceptions to this rule, though, especially if a stadium owner fails to act reasonably to minimize the risk of injury of its spectators. 

What you can do if you are hurt

Your priority should be getting medical attention if you suffer injuries during your attendance at a sporting event. It’s also best to avoid talking to any insurance adjusters who may reach out to you to discuss what happened or sign a release. 

Instead, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who knows Pennsylvania law and how it may allow you to recover compensation for your injuries that occurred on their premises.