Most people don't associated the terms "football stadium" and "personal injury," but sports arenas have a variety of unexpected hazards. Injuries at football stadiums aren't limited to the field; in fact, victims of accidents at sporting arenas can eve sue for financial compensation.
Common football stadium hazards are:
- Stairs & Escalators
- Weather Conditions
- Large Crowds
Escalators, Stairs, and Slip & Fall Accidents
It shouldn't come as any surprise that stairs and escalators are one of the most common hazards associated with personal injuries at football stadiums. In fact, dangerous stairs and walkways can occur anywhere: the grocery store, a home, a restaurant, a parking garage, or sidewalk.
Bad Weather Conditions & Personal Injury Lawsuits
You might think that lawsuits and weather conditions aren't related. After all, a football stadium can't control the weather, right? The stadium is still responsible to take reasonable precautions against preventable, foreseeable injuries. This might include a dangerous stairway aggravated by bad weather conditions, etc.
Large Crowds & Angry Fans
This hazard is arguably one of the most unexpected dangers at a sports stadium, but nonetheless poses a threat to visitors. Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, holds 71,500. Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, holds nearly 41,000. The Houston Football Stadium, which is under construction by the University of Houston, will hold up to 40,000 visitors once it is complete. Future expansion could result in an additional 20,000 seats.
Before, during, and after games, these massive crowds can lead to serious injuries. Trampling, fights, and other hazards are often the result of hysterical crowds or agitated fans. Without proper security, the stadium operator could be held liable for any visitor injuries caused by the volume of people in a relatively confined space.
Personal Injury Law Firm in Houston, Texas
If you or someone you love suffered a personal injury in Houston or the surrounding area, The Daspit Law Firm can help you fight for medical expenses, missed wages, and ongoing treatment. To learn more about our firm or the personal injury claim process in Texas, visit our personal injury page or call our office at (713) 364-0915 to schedule an evaluation.