Going to a sporting event or music concert at a big stadium can be a thrilling experience, but it can be marred if something happens during the event to cause an injury.
If something does happen while you are at a stadium, you are right to ask, ‘Can I claim for an injury at a stadium?’ and in many cases the answer will be yes.
What sort of things could you claim for?
One of the most common sorts of injury experienced at stadiums are slips, trips and falls resulting in back problems, muscular issues and possibly even broken bones.
Wet floors are often the cause of these problems especially in walkways and busy concourses, which are frequently cleaned. While signs may be left informing patrons of cleaning, in a busy stadium it is not always possible to see such a warning and as a result, many people are injured in this way each year.
You may also be able to claim if you are injured as the result of faulty equipment at the venue, such as damaged seating, or dangerous stairways.
If you are injured through the behaviour of others, for example from something being thrown by someone in the crowd or from equipment used during a sports match such as a fast flying ball, you may also have a valid claim, especially if you can prove the stadium did not have adequate security or safety equipment to help protect visitors.
If you can show that your injury at a stadium has resulted from negligence or failure on behalf of the venue owners then you should investigate whether you can claim for compensation.
Might there be a reason I cannot claim for an injury at a stadium?
Even though your injury at a stadium occurred inside the venue, there may be some circumstances in which your claim is not valid.
Venue owners are not always held liable if the accident has occurred as a result of something beyond their control. For example if there was a rush at the stadium for some reason that could not be foreseen by the operators, and you are injured as a result you might not have a claim.
Similarly, if it could be shown that although there was some defect at the stadium, such as a broken seat, but the operator had not had sufficient time to become aware of it and fix the issue before an accident occurred, a claim may not be held up.
The rules can also be different depending on the type of event you are attending, so the duty of care at a sports event might be different to that at a music concert.
If you want to know can I claim for an injury at a stadium, then start by contacting our helpline on 0800 689 0500.
At Accident Advice Helpline we can assist you in assessing whether you have a valid claim and if so how to proceed in presenting your case for compensation. Getting started is quick and easy and our initial test to see if you can claim for an injury at a stadium will take just 30 seconds.
Date Published: June 28, 2015
Author: David Brown