Sporting Events and ‘Assumption of Risk’

This spring and summer, millions of fans will walk through the turnstiles to cheer on their favorite major league, minor league, and college baseball teams. In doing so, however, fans accept a certain level of risk (“assumption of risk”).

What Should I Do If I Get Hurt at a Sporting Event?

Stadium owners have an obligation to act reasonably to minimize spectator injury risks posed by the game, hence the netting behind home plate. However, during a game, foul balls and errant throws will enter the stands at unprotected areas. Bats that slip out of hitters’ hands or pieces of broken bats may occasionally land there, too. These events are considered inherent to the game; therefore, spectators assume the risks that accompany them. Typically, stadium owners and players will not be liable for resultant spectator injuries.

The same generally holds true for other sports in which a puck, stick, ball, or hurtling player may interject themselves into fans’ lives. 

However, actions that are not a normal part of the sport are a different matter. For instance, a player who throws something in anger at another player but strikes and injures a fan instead, or a players’ brawl that spills into the stands and causes harm to spectators.

Assumption of risk also does not apply to circumstances originating from outside the field of play. For example, if an attendee is injured due to a defective product (e.g., railing, escalator, steps, etc.), inadequate lighting, a slip-and-fall incident, or lack of security personnel, among other possibilities, he/she may have a valid personal injury claim. 

Attending a ball game should be a fun night out. However, if you are injured, contact a personal injury attorney to explore your options.

An Experienced Attorney Can Help After an Accident

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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