American football is hugely popular in the States and the college NFL game has a strong reputation as a stepping stone for young players into the professional game. It isn’t like going to see school football in the UK, you will encounter large stadiums, big crowds and a sometimes rowdy atmosphere!
If you are injured while abroad and attending a football match you may be eligible for travel accident compensation. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to get a clear view on if your circumstances are eligible to proceed with a claim.
While generally football stadiums are safe places to visit, there are always hazards and ways to suffer an injury.
- Raised areas
Given the nature of stadiums there may be areas where safety railings are necessary and if these are poorly maintained then there is a risk of trip, slip and fall injuries. In 2013, for example there were a few incidents; at Candlestick Park, home to the San Francisco 49ers, a fan fell to his death outside the stadium off an elevated walkway. In the same weekend two people were injured after a railing collapsed in Indianapolis when the Colts played the Raiders. The men were leaning against the railing over a tunnel when it broke and they fell. In the ten years between 2003 and 2013 there were nearly 25 cases of people injured in falls from US stadia.
While drinking at football matches is part of the experience it can mean you are more liable to fall, trip or slip on staircases and in other parts of the stadium while being around other drunk people can also increase the likelihood of accidents of this sort. There isn’t often fan trouble at these matches but if there is it will probably be triggered by alcohol.
When there are thunderstorms lightning is attracted to large buildings and when crowds are leaving stadia they may be at risk from strikes.
If you suffer an injury in an accident at a stadium then you may be able to make a public liability claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a firm specialising in exactly this sort of claim and we will assess your case when you speak to one of our friendly and professional advisors on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500. Our legal team works on a 100 per cent no win, no fee* basis so you have the best chance of getting what you deserve in any case.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice