You don’t sense it from a television screen like from Fenway Park in Boston or Wrigley Field in Chicago, but Dodgers Stadium is one of the oldest ballparks that is still used in Major League Baseball. Construction was completed on Dodgers Stadium in 1962, after the team left Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles. The stadium is no stranger to spectator injuries. People are hit by foul balls and bats flying out of the hands of players. They can fall from heights, suffer slip-and-fall or trip-and-falls injuries and even brutal physical attacks.
Premises Liability at Dodgers Stadium
The law of premises liability governs the majority of personal injury claims and lawsuits at Dodger Stadium. Pursuant to the law of premises liability, an owner or occupier of a premises can be held liable for a victim’s injuries and damages if negligence is proved. The victim must be legally on a premises and be injured by a dangerous condition that the owner or occupier of the property knew or should have known about and failed to remedy or ward about.
For example, more than 1,000 fans are hit by baseballs at Major League Baseball stadiums every year. In 2018, one woman was hit in the head by a foul ball at Dodgers Stadium. She died from a brain hemorrhage four days later. Netting has now been placed around certain areas of ballparks across the country for purposes of protecting fans from being hit by foul balls. Even defective seats have caused serious injuries when they collapse.
Negligent Security at Dodgers Stadium
Issues involving the lack of adequate security have dogged Dodgers Stadium for several years now. This is typically alleged in the context of ownership’s failure to take sufficient preventative measures to prevent violent crimes to sports fans on a stadium premises. In 2011, on opening day after a game against the San Francisco Giants, a paramedic and Giant’s fan who attended the game with three other paramedics was struck in the head, knocked down and kicked in an unprovoked parking lot attack. He suffered permanent injuries and was awarded nearly $18 million. In 2019, after a marathon 13 inning game, another fan suffered severe brain injuries in yet another attack when leaving a Dodgers game. He was left on life support, but he survived the attack and filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Dodgers. That case remains pending and undetermined.
Contact an Echo Park Personal Injury Lawyer
Stadiums have a legal duty to protect fans from injuries suffered from negligence, especially when those stadiums participate in the sale of alcoholic beverages on the premises. If you believe that you suffered injuries and damages as a result of the negligence of Dodgers Stadium, contact us as soon as you possibly can at Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC in Thousand Oaks for a free consultation and case review.
The Dodgers Stadium owners may have told you that they weren’t responsible for your safety, but that’s not wholly consistent with California law. Don’t give them a written or recorded statement of any kind. They only intend on using your own words against you. Talk to us first. Anything that you say to us remains confidential. We’re experienced and aggressive, and we want to obtain the maximums compensation for you that you deserve