Indiana is home to many state-of-the-art sports venues. From Lucas Oil Stadium to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to incredible football fields and basketball courts at our state universities, there are multiple venues for sports fans to get together and watch a game.
As the winter season is approaching, more games, concerts, and events will be held indoors in these stadiums. A fun evening out with the family can easily be ruined by an injury due to unsafe or improperly maintained facilities at a stadium.
Although Muncie isn’t home to any professional sports teams, it does play host to many collegiate and high school games at various courts, fields, arenas, and stadiums. Spectators have a legally protected right to enjoy games at these venues without suffering from foreseeable or preventable injuries.
Types of Injuries at Sports Venues
The facility managers, owners, and general operators of sports venues are highly aware of the risk of injury to spectators. However, so are the spectators. Most spectators at sporting events know that a foul ball, for example, or a bad shot can easily hit someone in the audience and result in an injury. For the most part, these aren’t injuries you can seek compensation for due to your assumption of risk as a spectator.
In the clear case that the stadium owners and operators did not take the necessary precautions to protect spectators, they are open to liability for injuries that were sustained. There are other accidents that may not be considered part of assumption of risk, including:
- Physical assaults
- Inadequate security
- Improper lighting
- Slip and falls on wet surfaces
- Food poisoning
- Falls from balconies
- Lack of guardrails
- Poorly maintained railings along walkways
- Lack of crowd control
- Parking lot injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Escalator accidents
- Faulty ramps
- Sexual assault
- Liquor liability
Injuries can be minor or severe depending on the type, but falls in particular may lead to broken necks, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, head trauma, bleeding, internal organ damage, etc.
Essentially, the venue cannot be held responsible for unforeseen injuries — for example, a bad free throw that finds the face of a spectator instead of the net — but it can be held liable for hazards it knew or should have known about that resulted in injury — for example, a long-neglected handrail that broke and caused a person to fall to the platform below.
Hire a Muncie Personal Injury Attorney
Attending sporting events and large community gatherings like concerts is fun. These are things for the whole family to enjoy and not something that you should have to be worried about. However, there are some random accidents that may leave you injured, and the owner or operator of the facility may be liable. If you’ve experienced an injury at a stadium where you believe the owner was negligent, call the attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today for your free consultation or contact us online.