While we await the 2016 MLB season, Royals fans throughout Kansas City
are still basking in the victorious glow of our 2015 World Series victory.
While ticket prices are likely to rise, hundreds of thousands of fans
will undoubtedly pack the stadium on opening day, and for the rest of
the season. Some of these fans, however, may suffer serious injuries while
In this blog, we take a look at some of the most common sports-stadium
injuries, and who would be responsible if such an injury occurred. If
you or a loved one has been hurt in Kansas City or the surrounding areas,
contact DiPasquale Moore today for the dedicated, highly effective representation you need.
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Injury #1: Hit By a Ball, Hot Dog, or T-Shirt
Tune in to
SportsCenter some time, and you’ll likely see highlights of baseballs flying
into the crowd – in extreme cases, bats or pieces of bats as well.
If you are hit by such an object, however, you will likely be unable to
successfully sue the stadium due to the “baseball rule.” The
back of a baseball ticket contains a ton of disclaimers, one of which
is a waiver of liability. If you attend a baseball game, you do so with
an “assumption of risk” that you could be injured or even killed.
As for hot dogs thrown by vendors? This is covered under the so-called
baseball rule as well – just ask the man who unsuccessfully sued
after Sluggerrr threw a hot dog at him, tearing his retina.
Injury #2: Slip & Fall / Premises Liability
Although you assume some level of risk when attending a game, the owners
of the stadium still have an obligation to make their facility reasonably
safe. If the maintenance staff does not act properly in quickly cleaning
up a spill, than resulting injuries could potentially open the door for
The owner’s responsibility extends beyond cleaning up spills, though.
They also must take precaution to make sure railings, elevators, and other
features are safely maintained. While rare, the injuries suffered in these
types of accidents can be life-altering, and often fatal.
Injury #3: Assault By a Fan
It is no secret that sports fans can get extremely territorial with visiting
fans, and fights at stadiums are unfortunately commonplace. However, most
of these are quickly handled by park security. When they are not, such
as in the 2011 beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, the organization (in
this case the Dodgers) could be found partially liable for their negligence.
Injury #4: Injured In a DUI-Related Car Accident
When pursuing a car accident injury claim against an alleged drunk driver,
the concept of dram shop liability can play a big role. Essentially, this
means that any establishment which serves alcohol can potentially be held
liable if they overserve a customer, and the customer then injures someone else.
Stadiums are certainly not exempted from this liability, which is at least
part of the reason why beer prices have increased drastically over the
last few decades, and why many stadiums will not let you purchase more
than one or two alcoholic beverages at a time.
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