There are several physical risks involved in attending a concert or a sporting event at a large stadium. One could slip and fall, trip on a wet floor, or get struck by a flying ball or puck during the course of the whole thing. While people generally choose to ignore such things so as not to ruin the fun they get to have, knowing a few specifics in this regard could prove helpful in the event of an injury.
Types of Liability
When an accident happens at a sports facility or stadium, the sufferer may be able to receive compensation if they show adequate proof of liability in court. If, for example, they slipped and fell, or tripped and fell, compensation can be sought under premises liability. To succeed there, they would be required to prove beyond doubt that the owner of the place knew of the danger, but failed to remove it, and that this was the reason for the plaintiff’s injury.
One specific instance is that of a wet bathroom floor. If this was caused by someone dropping a drink, then the owner had no reasonable way of knowing of or preventing it, and premises liability would not apply. However, if they failed to repair a leaky sink, or fix a problem of toilets flooding after each event, they would be legally liable for the plaintiff’s injury. That means they could be made to financially compensate the latter for the slip and fall accident.
One common type of accident, which occurs at sports stadiums, is spectators getting hit by flying balls or pucks. Here, liability is a complicated thing to pin down, because of something called assumption of risk. Simply put, spectators generally know of the dangers, and are often also reminded on the same on their event tickets, via general disclaimers. In most states, these declarations are recognized as legally valid in slip and fall accident.
Some exceptions do apply, however. Everywhere in the country, stadium owners are legally obligated to take reasonable measures towards ensuring spectators are safe from injury. These include adding netting and erecting protective shields based on stadium industry standards, which specify a number of details, including the minimum distance of placement. Failure to adhere to this can make the owner liable for any injury incurred by a spectator, who can cite and possibly prove the former’s negligence as a reason for the accident.