When fans visit a baseball stadium, they expect to watch a great game, enjoy some baseball park food, and maybe even indulge in an adult beverage or two. The one thing that is not on anyone’s mind is getting injured in the process.
The question many might have is who is liable when a spectator is injured?
The owner of a baseball stadium does not guarantee that spectators will be safe. The owner’s duty is to exercise ordinary care, maintain the premises, and warn people of non-obvious dangers. The baseball stadium owner is not required to provide screens throughout the stadium, but is required at the most dangerous areas such as behind home plate.
An owner may be found negligent if seats, steps, or stands are found to be hazardous. They could also fail to keep screens maintained, or fail to intervene in the event that spectators begin to fight.
A spectator attends a baseball game assuming the risk that they may be hit by a ball at some point, but not that they may become injured in the below incidences:
- Injured while sitting behind the screen; large holes in the screen allowing balls to pass through
- Injured walking to a screened seat
- Injured by other patron reaching for ball in stands
If you have been at a baseball game and you or a loved one was injured due to the negligence of the owner, you may be able to seek compensation.
If you have been injured in a situation similar to the ones listed above, you may not assume the risk of the situation. If you contact an experienced personal injury attorney, they can help guide you through the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation that is deserved.