Injuries at a sports facility are not uncommon. Attending a sporting event is considered to be more dangerous than most recreational activities. For example, going to a baseball game is going to be considered a more high-risk recreational activity than going to the movies. While there is more inherent risk when attending a sports event, it does not mean that a sports facility will not be held liable if you are injured while being a guest on their premises. An experienced premises liability attorney in California can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
The theories upon which a sports facility can be held liable for your injuries essentially fall into three categories.
This refers to the standard premises liability case. If the owner or lessor of a sports facility fails to properly maintain the premises and you are injured while a guest on the premises, then your premises liability attorney could hold the property owner or lessor liable for your injuries.
For example, say the bathrooms were not properly cleaned and water spilled onto the floor thus creating a dangerous condition. Hours pass and still no employees clean up the spilled water and there were no signs to warn the patrons that the floor is wet. You enter the bathroom while at a sporting event and slip and fall from the wet floor, resulting in an injury. The fact that the dangerous condition existed and that the employees at the facility did not properly clean the facility could result in the sports facility being liable for your injuries. An experienced and knowledgeable premises liability attorney in California can assist you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Conversely, say a patron spills a drink on the floor next to the concession stand. An employee is called and cleans up the spilled drink within five minutes. In this case, there would be a lesser chance of the sports facility being liable since accidents do happen.
Other facts which could help your premises liability attorney to establish liability are whether:
This refers to a situation where the sports facility fails to reasonably maintain the premises for its intended purpose. If the sports facility’s failure to maintain the premises caused your injury, then you may have a valid claim against the sports facility. These are just some examples of how a sports facility’s failure to maintain the premises could result in its liability.
Sports facilities have a legal duty to keep the stadium or facility reasonably safe for its intended use. For example, at a baseball game, you can reasonably expect to have a net behind and around home plate to prevent injuries to the spectators sitting behind home plate. The reason is that foul balls are hit so fast in the area that a spectator cannot reasonably be expected to move fast enough to get out of the way. Conversely, a spectator in center field would have several seconds to get out of the way of a ball hit into center field as a home run which is why there is no net there. Whether a sports facility will be held liable for injuries sustained by a spectator depends on a variety of factors.
If you have sustained injuries at a sports facility, contact a premises liability attorney at Russell & Lazarus today.