More Sports Fans Injured in Los Angeles
An alarming pattern is beginning to emerge among sporting enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Many are becoming seriously injured after attending games in the city, and these injuries can easily form the basis for personal injury lawsuits. On the one hand, it can be argued that injuries are inevitable when you pack tens of thousands of people into one stadium. With so many people crammed together in tight quarters, certain people will almost certainly slip, fall, or tumble.
But on the other hand, there are some injuries that are clearly avoidable. Questions are being raised, and people are starting to wonder whether sporting organizations could be doing more to protect fans who are just trying to enjoy a day out. Sometimes government entities also face accusations of negligence, especially when incidents happen outside of stadiums. Police officers can also face accusations of excessive force when they respond to unruly fans and cause them to suffer tremendous injuries.
If you have been injured during a sports game in Los Angeles, you should get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Under certain circumstances, you may be able to sue various entities for negligence. It is best to book your consultation as soon as possible, as the statute of limitations may prevent you from suing if you wait too long. The outcome of a personal injury lawsuit can be highly beneficial, providing you with compensation for medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and much more.
L.A. Angels Fan Injured While Trying to Catch Baseball
Any baseball fan worth their salt tries to catch a baseball when it comes flying toward the stands. Unfortunately, this can result in serious injuries if fans are not careful. Back in 2021, an LA Angels fan tried to catch a wayward ball, only to suffer a number of injuries. First, he missed the ball. Then it hit the ground, bounced up, and hit him in the chin. As he reeled from the blow, he stumbled and hit his head on a table. This fan never actually retrieved the baseball, and another fan managed to nab it.
While this incident was seen as comical by many in the press, it raises a serious safety issue that has plagued the baseball world for decades. How do professional baseball organizations protect fans from the obvious threat of flying baseballs? Even for those who do not attempt to catch balls, the risk of injury can be quite severe. Fans are often distracted by their phones, and some engage in conversations with each other during games. Balls that strike unwary people in the head can even kill.
Protective netting is a somewhat controversial issue in MLB. Some fans want to be protected in this manner, while others believe that it obstructs their view of the game. In terms of injury lawsuits, prospects are often slim for plaintiffs. This is due to a legal doctrine known as the “Baseball Rule.” Under this doctrine, ballpark operators are mostly shielded from liability, as it is assumed that fans willingly shoulder the inherent risk of attending a game. Operators are required to protect fans seated where there is little time to react, such as directly behind home plate. If you are seated in an area where there is enough time to react, you assume the risk. In many cases, however, injured victims struck by baseballs receive settlements from operators behind closed doors. The amounts of these settlements is unknown, as recipients sign non-disclosure agreements.
Fan Suffers Multiple Injuries After Falling in SoFi Stadium
On February 17th, 2022, it was reported that a fan suffered grievous injuries after falling multiple rows at SoFi Stadium while attending Super Bowl LVI. The incident began during the halftime show, when a “human avalanche” from above sent her flying down through the stands. She believes that a person above her fell, causing a chain reaction that eventually reached her seating area. In any case, this fan was sent flying down through the rows, eventually striking her face on a seat. She suffered a broken nose, a swollen eye, and various other injuries across her body. After being knocked unconscious, she was attended to by paramedics.
The woman is now suing for unspecified damages. Her legal team is looking into a police report that has been filed, suggesting that a physical altercation may have sparked this “human avalanche.” In other words, this might not have been a simple accident, but rather the result of clear negligence from other fans. SoFi Stadium declined to comment on the incident but stated that an investigation was ongoing. The Inglewood Police Department reported that the fan was seated when the accident happened, and that she was not intoxicated at the time. This suggests that the fan herself was not to blame for falling. Other fans have come forward, claiming that they felt someone pushing from above, and the fan’s attorney is searching for additional witnesses. It is not yet clear whom this fan is suing exactly, but she is likely suing the operators of SoFi Stadium for premise liability or inadequate security.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, look no further than Mary Alexander & Associates. Over the years, we have helped a wide range of injured victims. With our assistance, you can strive for a settlement that adequately reflects the true extent of your damages. We will seek enough compensation to cover your medical expenses, allowing you to heal in the best way possible. We can also fight for compensation for missed wages, ensuring that your financial pressures are alleviated. Finally, we will fight for your right to receive compensation for legitimate emotional and psychological damages, like PTSD or depression. Book your consultation today, and we can immediately start developing an effective action plan together.