Sport Event Injuries Can Be Complex
Many in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the country enjoy watching sports. While some opt to cheer for their favorite team at home watching television, others prefer to go to a sporting event and take in the action in real time. Attending sporting events can be an exciting, fun way to bond with family and friends, but unfortunately, there have been situations when fans are injured.
If you were hurt when you were struck by a ball or puck when you were attending a game, you may be able to secure a financial settlement through a personal injury claim. These types of claims can be complex, because there is a level of injury risk assumed by fans when they attend games. To achieve the results you are seeking, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney.
Understanding Assumed Risk
When you choose to participate as a spectator at a sports facility and sit in an area that could result in you being struck by a ball or puck, you could be assuming risk. This term is used to describe a situation where a person is essentially waiving their right to sue for a sport injury because they have chosen to sit close to the action as you could have chosen to sit further away or in an area that shields spectators with netting.
Assumed risk is often cited when a sports facility or organization is defending itself against a personal injury claim. The argument is spectators understand the basics of the game and have seen equipment fly into the stands. Often, there is a disclaimer connected to this possibility spectators agree to when they purchase tickets. Often, sports fans do not read the fine print when purchasing a ticket to see their favorite sports team play a game.
When Assumed Risk Does Not Apply
Of course, there are times when legal action is appropriate and compensation is necessary. For instance, if a person is injured outside of their seats, in any of the following areas, assumed risk would not be applicable.
- Concession areas
In these situations, the injury may not be a result of sports equipment but rather from a building or environmental risk. Examples of this include chipped pavement that leads to a fall or faulty construction. There are many factors to consider. Sometimes legal action is not possible due to assumed risk, but in other situations a sports organization was negligent and you have a right to compensation. To determine if you have a strong claim, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney.
Are you looking for a legal professional who will defend your rights after a sporting event injury? You may have a right to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.