The most common stadiums in Seattle are CenturyLink, Key Arena, and Safeco field, but there are many other stadiums around the area, including the Tacoma Dome and the Showware Stadium in Kent. There are many other stadiums in the Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, and Bellingham metro area, including stadiums at the University of Washington in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma, along with the numerous stadiums that are to be found at high schools and middle schools in the area. While most of these stadiums are safe and go without having incidents of a serious nature, there are times, however, when these stadiums pose a risk and people are hurt.Washington State Stadium Laws
There are two common ways people are injured at a sports stadium. The first is through a slip and fall accident and the second is through some kind of incident where there was not enough security present at the stadium, such as when someone is physically attacked in the parking lot or in the stadium.
In most stadium slip and fall cases, the reason someone slips and falls is because the stadium failed to mop up the floor. This is most common in areas where many people are coming and going, such as by the vending machines or the concession stands.
Many times a customer will spill beer or some other substance, fail to notify the stadium, and another customer will come along, with their attention directed to an eye-level, and slip and fall on the spilled beer, having never seen the substance that was left on the floor. Stadiums have a duty to check the floors to make sure they are free of spilled substances that can cause people to slip and fall.
In a stadium slip and fall case, you have to prove that the owner of the stadium knew or reasonably should have known that the floor was slippery to be the point of being dangerous. This may be very obvious or it may be difficult to prove.
A lawyer can help you achieve the desired outcome in a case like this by doing any number of things, such as obtaining surveillance footage to show when the substance or content that you slipped and fell on was spilled. In these kinds of cases, timing is very important. If you slipped and fell on a substance that was only on the floor for a very short period of time, then the stadium will likely prevail on the argument that it could not have reasonably have known to clean up the spill, assuming the spill did not occur within the sight of the restaurant’s employees or management.
However, if the spilled substance has been on the floor for a long period of time and the restaurant’s employees and management neglected to clean it up or neglected to do a timely check of the premises to make sure it was free of dangerous substances, then your case is much stronger.
Finally, there are rare instances when someone has fallen, usually to their death, or with severe injuries, because they were leaning over the railing at a stadium. In these situations, you have to prove that the railing was too low or not sturdy enough to maintain a normal person’s weight or height. Having the right expert to prove your case is vital in a case like this.Negligent Security
In many stadium injury accidents, one of the main reasons people get hurt is because a fan attacks another fan either at the stadium or in the parking lot. Not surprisingly, in many of these cases alcohol is involved and is the fuel behind the fight that breaks out and that harms someone. Stadiums have a duty to provide adequate security for the stadium and parking lot. In instances where a fight has broken out and someone is injured, it may stem from the fact that there just simply was not enough security present to either deter a fight from starting in the first place or from breaking it up before someone is seriously hurt.
Alternatively, there may be what is called a dram shop case as well. In a dram shop case, this is where the stadium’s concession stand served someone too much alcohol, knew it and did it anyway, and then the person went out and drove and caused an accident with someone. This would also apply where a restaurant inside the stadium overserved someone. In any case, the stadium has a duty to make sure the concession stands and restaurant are not overserving people too much alcohol.Common Stadium Injuries
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a stadium, or if you have been injured in a fight at a stadium, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Butt or tailbone injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured at a stadium or sporting event, you may have a claim against the owners of the stadium or building to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall at a business’ parking lot, the insurance company for the business may argue that you should have watched where you were going. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.