Similar to injuries sustained in other public places, who, if anyone, is liable if you are injured while attending a football ground depends on what happened; where, when and why. Here are some examples of how you may be injured whilst attending a football ground and who would most likely be liable.
Slip, trip and fall hazards
If, for example, you were injured whilst attending a football ground because club owners did nothing to prevent injuries by slips, trips and falls (not keeping steps or stairways in good repair or marking potential trip hazards; leaving spills to present spectators with the risk of injuries by slipping, and so on), liability for your injury by slipping, tripping or falling would lie with the club.
Hot beverages, fireworks and other flying objects
If, on the other hand, you are injured whilst attending a football ground because another spectator spills a hot drink on you, the responsible spectator could potentially be held liable for your scalding injury. In a similar way, spectators throwing objects around or letting fireworks off before, during or after a match could be held liable for any burn injuries or injuries by falling objects you may sustain as a result of their actions.
Damaged or faulty seating
When damaged or faulty seating causes you to be injured whilst attending a football ground, the club can be held liable, as it is the club’s duty to ensure spectators are not exposed to the risk of injury by splinters, sharp edges or collapsing seats.
Injured whilst attending a football ground
If you sustained a personal injury at a football ground, it is necessary to gather as much evidence as you can to help establish who is responsible for your injury and support your claim as a whole. Should you have a football ground accident, gather the names and current contact details of as many witnesses to the incident as possible; take (if possible) photographs of both your injury and the scene of the incident and seek medical advice as soon after the incident as possible to make sure your injury is documented within your medical records.
Your next step
Making personal injury claims necessitates enlisting legal professionals. Our legal team has over fifteen years of experience in handling public liability claims like yours. To get no win no fee* legal assistance by experienced Accident Advice Helpline in-house injury solicitors, simply dial 0333 500 0993 on your mobile or 0800 689 0500 on your telephone and speak to our advisors now.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown