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Spectator Safety: Avoid Injuries at Sporting Events


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9/15/2013
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Each year, millions of sports fans head to stadiums or ballparks to watch their favorite teams play. Sporting events should be fun and exciting for everyone. However, with thousands of people crowded together in close proximity, there is a greater chance that someone will be hurt. Some of the most common sporting event injuries include:

  • Food poisoning from spoiled food/drinks
  • Slip and fall accidents on wet surfaces
  • Tripping over someone’s belongings or on steep steps
  • Assault injuries due to inadequate security

In order to prevent these injuries, fans should follow all safety rules and warning signs. Be aware of any areas where fans are becoming aggressive. To avoid crowds and chaos after the game, you may consider leaving early.

But what happens if you do get hurt at a sporting event? Most times, when you purchase a ticket, you are agreeing that the stadium and team cannot be held responsible for injuries you sustain during the normal course of the game. However, in some cases, you may be able to argue that your injuries did not happen during the normal course of the game. For instance, if you were hurt due to improper security, you may still be entitled to compensation.

Whether or not you will be eligible for compensation will depend on the specific facts of your case. It’s a good idea to meet with a Morristown personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Manfred Ricciardelli has over 20 years of experience handling injury claims in New Jersey. He will help you understand your rights and fight to protect them. Contact us today at 973-285-1100 to schedule a free consultation. If you hire us to represent you, you only pay if we win your case.



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