Event stadiums are busy sports venues, attracting hundreds to thousands of visitors per day depending on their location and capacity. Due to their sheer size, stadiums are statistically very likely to be sites where accidents occur. Most people who encounter stadium accidents either get hit by airborne objects or slip and fall. While both types of injuries are quite common, slip and fall accidents are far more likely to result in lasting physical injuries, most of which are extremely dangerous and may even prove fatal for the victims.
If you or someone you are aware of was seriously injured as a result of a slip and fall accident at a stadium, you might be able to recover your damages if it is found that the stadium owner, management, or another party was directly or indirectly responsible for your slip and fall accident and related injuries. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can file a lawsuit against the negligent parties and obtain fair financial compensation for your damages, whether they are financial, physical, or emotional.
Rising Incidence of Slips and Falls
Over the past few decades, there has been a rising incidence of slip and fall accidents occurring at public sports arenas, including stadiums. Most accidents result from a failure of stadium management or owners to meet the minimum safety requirements to prevent such incidents. Poor lighting, lack of guardrails around stairs, broken seats, slippery floors, and more can create unsafe conditions that result in slip and fall accidents and significant physical injury to unsuspecting stadium goers.
Determining Liability in Stadium Slips and Falls
To obtain said compensation, it is necessary to prove in court that the accident resulted from the negligence of the property owner or management. Most slip and fall cases result from causes that can be traced back to one of the two aforementioned parties, but the burden of proof lies on the plaintiff regarding the breach of the duty of care.
Duty of care is a legal concept that applies to all property owners and managers, whether it relates to personal, private, or government properties. You must prove that as a visitor of the stadium, the venue or its owner owed you a certain duty of care, and the safety hazard that led to the accident was in direct violation of it. Furthermore, you must prove that the owner or management knew or should have known about the existence of a public safety hazard at their property but failed to take any steps to eradicate it, which led to your accident.
Finally, you must also prove that you incurred significant damages from the slip and fall accident, including proof of medical bills, lost wages, costs of medical and surgical procedures or ongoing treatment, incidental expenses, and more. In some cases, the court might award additional compensation for punitive damages in response to extraordinary incidents of negligence.
Slip and fall accidents can leave their victims with hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in addition to temporary or permanent physical incapacitation and emotional suffering. If a stadium slip and fall did not result from your negligence, you can file a lawsuit against the negligent party with the help of a skilled lawyer who can help you navigate legal complications with ease.