Whether you’re a baseball, football or ice hockey fan, going to sporting events to support your team is a great day out. But there are dangers of large sporting events which, whilst they shouldn’t deter you from going, could lead to an accident occurring. In case you’re wondering what some of the dangers of large sporting events are, we’ve hand-picked a few examples to share with you.
Spectator injuries at sports events
- Being hit in the face. You could be hit in the face by a football, baseball, ice hockey puck etc. It does happen, and the results are often not pretty. Injuries can range from lost teeth to a broken nose or black eyes.
- Food poisoning. If you’re eating snacks or hot food purchased at the stadium, you may be struck down by food poisoning if the food has not been prepared hygienically. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea are the main symptoms, and you’ll usually feel unwell for 48 to 72 hours. Food poisoning can be dangerous for young children, the elderly or anybody who is already sick.
- Slips, trips and falls. Damaged stairs in the stadium or a wet floor could lead to a slip or trip accident. You could escape with minor injuries like cuts and bruises, or you could suffer broken bones or even a head injury, if you hit your head or face as you fall, or if you fall from height (for example, down a flight of stairs).
- Crush injuries. If there is an emergency at the stadium, such as riot or fire, people will be rushing to the exits and you could be crushed in the process. It’s up to the stadium or event staff to ensure any evacuation occurs calmly and to practice crowd control. Crush injuries could include broken bones, head injuries or cracked ribs.
- Being hit by a vehicle. If you’re watching motor racing, you could be hit by a bike or car which skids off the tracks. Again, it’s up to the venue management to ensure safety precautions are in place to prevent this from happening.
Who’s to blame for your accident?
If you’ve been the victim of an accident at a sporting event, the event organisers could be held responsible. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll give you some advice relating to your accident and tell you whether you have a viable claim. You could be entitled to personal injury compensation for your loss of earnings, and to find out how much you could claim, you can take the 30-second test on our website right now.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton