Going to sports events and concerts at stadiums is all about having a good time until someone gets hurt. With so many people and so much going on, these things happen occasionally. So who is to blame? Determining liability for slip and fall incidents at stadiums involves analyzing many factors and proving negligence to receive compensation.
Generally, the responsibility may fall on the stadium owners, management, event organizers, or the injured individual. Stadium owners must maintain a safe environment, promptly addressing hazards like slippery surfaces. Event organizers may share responsibility if they contribute to unsafe conditions.
There might be other parties that might have contributed to the accident, too. The company that designed and built the stadium may have played a part if construction defects or mistakes were made. Stadiums also have equipment like elevators, which could be faulty – in that case, the manufacturer might be liable.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
In slip and fall claims, the injured party must prove that another party was negligent. Safety codes and laws vary, but you must show that an allegedly at-fault party did not meet certain safety standards. These elements are usually the focus of slip and fall cases:
- The defendant knew the safety problem or should have known it existed.
- The defendant had a reasonable opportunity to fix the safety problem but did not.
- That breach of duty directly caused your slip and fall accident.
- Your slip and fall accident resulted in damages.
Bear in mind that stadiums are typically full of hazards, like spilled drinks, intoxicated fans, and chaotic parking lots. Guests are also responsible for being aware of their safety and not harming others.
What Damages Can I Claim in a Stadium or Arena Slip and Fall Accident?
The degree of damages that plaintiffs claim in these cases is related to their injuries. One plaintiff might suffer nothing more than a broken leg, while another might experience temporary or permanent paralysis or worse. Below are potential categories for compensation:
- Diminished earning capacity when injuries make it impossible to earn as much money as you did before the accident. For example, a mechanic who lost the use of his legs might have to work a lower-paying desk job.
- Disability when you are unable to maintain a job to support yourself.
- Medical expenses include an ambulance trip to an emergency room, medical specialist services, surgeries, physical therapy, and medications.
- Long-term care for plaintiffs who suffered catastrophic injuries. Sometimes, they cannot live at home temporarily or permanently because they need round-the-clock care.
- Lost income, including wages, salary, and commissions
- Non-economic losses, like loss of enjoyment of life.
- Pain and suffering, such as physical discomfort, psychological distress, and inconvenience you are living with due to the slip and fall accident.
Contact Our Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC if You Were Injured at a Stadium or Arena
If another party’s negligence caused your stadium slip and fall accident, contact our Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. For a free consultation, call 215-569-8488 or complete our online form. Located in Philadelphia and Abington, Pennsylvania, as well as Wilmington, Delaware, we proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.