Every year, more than 15 million Americans attend sporting events and instances where objects leave the field and injure or even kill spectators are not rare. This type of accidents can result in serious health issues such as brain or eye injuries, and sometimes even lead to death.
Just because you choose to attend such an event, does not mean that you accept the fact that any injury might occur, as such, if you happened to find yourself in such an unfortunate situation, you might be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. No matter the nature of the event, the event organizers are expected and obliged to take preventive measures in order to ensure the safety of anyone attending the event. Failure to do so might be interpreted as negligence and therefore, grant you the opportunity to claim compensation.
Who Is Liable for Spectator Injuries at a Sporting Event?
Most often, the liable entities are as follows:
- Owners of the arena or event venue
- Event organizers or promoters
- Employees responsible for the event oversight
- Event participants
- Other spectators
Depending on the circumstances, you might find yourself confused as to who should be held accountable for your sustained injuries, as such, it is advised to seek legal, specialized help that can help you understand the legal side of your situation and what possible claims you might pursue.
Arenas and Stadiums in Sacramento County where Spectator Injuries Can Occur
Baseball stadiums. Baseball games present a high risk of spectator injury. Foul balls and even baseball bats often land into the spectator area.
- Raley Field, McBean Stadium
Football stadiums. Event-specific injuries are less common in this area, however, they do happen.
- Hornet Stadium, Aggie Stadium, Rio Linda Stadium, Hughes Stadium
Other sporting events with a high risk of spectator injury include: ice hockey, soccer, motor racing. However, not all spectator injuries at a sporting event are the result of a foul ball or stray puck. The event organizers or stadium owners are responsible for providing a safe environment for everyone on the premises and failure to do so might entitle the victims to file personal injury claims for their injuries resulted from:
- Damaged stairs, handrails or sidewalks
- Unmarked slippery surfaces
- Altercations or fights allowed to happen due to lack of appropriate security
John M. O’Brien & Associates Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been injured while spectating at a sporting event in Sacramento County because of someone else’s negligence, please contact our law offices in Elk Grove or Sacramento as soon as possible. Once we discuss your case we will be able to tell you what claims you can pursue and our experienced personal injury attorneys will make sure that you receive the best possible compensation for your injuries.