Injuries that occur at sports facilities usually come in one of two varieties: either they are injuries that occur when a fan is struck by a ball or puck during the actual event, or they are standard premises liability issues involving slips and falls or other similar incidents. But who is liable when these injuries occur? It depends on the circumstances.
If your case is a premises liability claim, then you must be able to prove that the owner of the facility was somehow negligent, and that negligence led to your injury. Just because you slipped and fell doesn’t make the owner responsible. You need to demonstrate that the floor was in poor condition, or that it was unreasonably slippery and there were no warning signs. You must also prove that the owner either was aware of the condition or should have been aware of the condition, and did not take appropriate steps to resolve it.
Injuries that occur while you are a spectator at the event are slightly different. Usually if you examine your ticket, you will notice that there is some language in very small print that is the owner of the stadium’s disclaimer protecting them from injuries that happen to fans while at the stadium. These disclaimers are usually valid, but there are some exceptions. If you can prove that the owner of the stadium did not meet the reasonable safety standards that they are expected to abide by, then they could still be liable despite the disclaimer provided.
Of course, every personal injury claim is different from the next. To learn more about how to proceed with a claim related to your injury, contact the skilled Bradenton attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh today.