Attending a baseball game is a great way to spend your free time in the summer. Nothing beats getting out to a game on a warm, eating a jumbo hot dog, and watching your favorite team triumph in victory over their competition. Unfortunately, when you attend a baseball game there is a risk of being injured. Foul balls and broken bats can come shooting at you in the stands at high speeds. You may be injured in the following situations.
Hit By A Foul Ball
While everyone fantasizes about catching a foul ball at a baseball game, a foul ball can lead to a devastating injury. Recently a woman was hit in the head by a foul ball during a baseball game in Pittsburgh. She was not sitting along the first baseline either, but behind protective netting. The netting failed to prevent the ball from reaching her, and ended up causing the devastating injury.
In this situation, the stadium would be responsible for her injuries. Even though her ticket said that attending the game assumes a risk of injury, a failed safety measure is what caused it to happen.
Hit By A Broken Bat
In Boston, a fan survived a near-fatal injury caused by a shattered baseball bat that entered the stands. She was not sitting behind protective netting, and was still injured while enjoying the game. Does the disclaimer on her ticket waive her right to sue? Definitely not.
Fans routinely win cases that are caused by foreign objects entering the stands. At a hockey game, a young girl was hit by a puck and killed, and her family ended up settling for $1.2 million. The lawsuit lead to hockey leagues re-evaluating their safety measures by raising the safety nets behind the glass.
Re-evaluating Safety Measures
There are regulated safety measures in place at every stadium to keep fans safe. Currently the safety nets at a baseball game do not extend to the dugouts, but safety rules are changing all the time. Due to the fan that was injured in Boston by the broken bat, the baseball commissioner is re-evaluating the extension of these nets to provide more safety to the fans.
You may not have been sitting in a safety zone with a protected net, but you still have a right to sue if you were injured. Your lawsuit may even change fan safety for the better. For example, if enough fans become injured due to broken bats, it may call for banning maple bats that are more prone to shatter on the field.
If you are injured while attending a baseball game, seek out the help of a personal injury lawyer (like those at Wolfley & Wolfley, P.S.). They will help fight for the compensation you deserve.Share