Sports Spectator Accident Injuries
It's a well-known fact that sports can be dangerous. For example, there are plenty of stories about athletes who suffered severe injuries or death due to overexertion. However, you wouldn't think that the fans of these sports would also have cause for concern. The sad truth is that spectators at sports games are often severely injured due to no fault of their own. Countless spectators have been hit in the head by baseballs, suffered lacerations due to damaged bleachers or been assaulted by other spectators.
What Are The Grounds For A Spectator Sports Injury Lawsuit
Negligence is usually the grounds for a spectator sports accident injury lawsuit. In order to assert negligence, your lawyer will need to prove that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care.
- The defendant breached their duty of reasonable care.
- The plaintiff was injured.
- The plaintiff's injury was due to the defendant's breach of the duty of reasonable care.
If one of these conditions is not met, then your lawsuit may be dismissed. Depending on how you were injured, there are many possible defendants. Some examples of defendants include other spectators, sports event promoters and athletes that participated in the sports event in question. You may also have the opportunity to sue the employees, owners and operators of sports venues and concession stands. Some states feel that it is inherently risky to attend certain sports games such as baseball or hockey, and thus, they have created laws that make it more difficult for people to successfully sue for injuries resulting from being hit by pucks or baseballs.
Read more about a sports injury lawsuit at CNN.com.
What Should I Do If I Have A Spectator Sports Injury
The first thing you should do is contact a personal injury lawyer who can help you determine if you actually have a case. Your lawyer will ask you to explain how you were injured. Your lawyer will also go over commonly used defenses and see if they apply to your case. For example, the top two defenses to a spectator sports lawsuit are that there was an assumption of risk and that you released liability by buying a ticket. If your lawyer feels that your case is solid, they will get the ball rolling by composing a complaint.