What Happens if You Get Injured While Watching a NFL Game?
It’s football season, and as many of you know, people in Texas love their football. Whether it be pee-wee, middle school, high school, college, or pro-level football; Texas natives are all over it. Regardless of whether you are a Cowboys or Texans fan, there’s nothing better than spending a nice Sunday tailgating for your favorite team. Sometimes though, a day of tailgating for your favorite team could end up in a disaster. From slip and falls to fistfights, just about anything can happen, especially at an official stadium.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
The bad news is, if you do just so happen to get hurt at a professional football game, you may have a hard time getting compensation for your injuries. Football stadiums take special precautions to protect themselves by either passing the costs to their management company or telling you you’re simply out of luck.
What Kind of Injuries Could Possibly Happen at NFL Games?
If you’ve never been to an NFL game then let me be the first to advise you, they can be rough.
Brawls are Most Common
People drink a tad bit more than they should. Fans get pumped up regardless of whether their team is winning or losing. Opposing team fans start a ruckus. The home team retaliates. Next thing you know there’s a brawl happening right in front of you when all you wanted was to put mustard on your hotdog.
If you happen to get caught in the middle of the ruckus, your possibility of getting hurt is high. You could be the victim of a bottle being thrown and hitting your head. Or, get so caught up in a physical altercation that you suffer facial lacerations or traumatic brain injury.
Other injuries that might occur are slip and falls. You could get pushed or miss a step walking down the stairs and break your back or tailbone.
You Can Just Sue The Stadium, Right?
WRONG! A common misconception is that you can just outright sue the stadium responsible for your injury. It’s not that simple. Stadium owners are smart. They understand the risk of cramming upwards of 50,000 beer drinking fans into an area, which is why they post signs all over stating that they are not responsible for your injuries. There are also disclaimers on game tickets reminding you of this.
In reality, these disclaimers don’t hold much water, but most people don’t realize this.
What Are Your Options If You Get Hurt?
Most, if not all, stadiums will say you assumed the risk when you bought tickets to the game and entered into the arena. Don’t worry, there are still ways you can possibly recover.
Suing the Party Responsible
If a third party is responsible for your injuries then you can sue them; or if it can be proven that stadium management was negligent in some way, you can sue that way.
Attempting to sue multimillion-dollar companies can be extremely stressful. Their legal team will throw you through so many loops that you might want to forget about the claim altogether. DON’T!
Consult with an experienced Houston personal injury attorney to see what they can do to help ease the pain. Call 713-524-8139 or contact us online to set up a time to speak with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. You don’t have to face this accident alone.