Sports are rough, no question about it. People regularly suffer injuries while playing sports or watching sporting events. Sports simply involve a risk of some sort, whether you are a bystander or a participant.
In fact, there is an assumption of risk that comes with entering into a sports situation. The risk assumed is a natural consequence of playing the game. For example, at a soccer game, you might get hit in the head with the ball if it gets kicked into the stands. Or if you are skiing, someone might accidently bump you with their skis and you could fall and injure yourself. However, the type of risk a person does not assume is the risk of getting attacked by an opposing fan at a hockey game, for example.
At sporting events, if individuals acted outside the boundary of what is normally expected while playing or witnessing a sport and as a result caused you an injury, you may potentially have a basis to sue. In the case of a contact sport in which you were a player, the person who caused the injury might potentially be held liable if his or her actions went far beyond the normal range of activity in that particular sport.
Intentional assaults at sporting events, whether you are a participant in the game or watching in the stands, that cause injury, can be subject to a lawsuit. Sports-related injuries caused because someone on the other team was drunk may be grounds to sue, because the person acted recklessly and negligently, which led to your injury.
Questions About Suing for Sport Injury?
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injury caused by reckless, intentional actions of another at a sporting event, we are here to answer your questions and help you understand your rights. We offer free consultations and will answer your questions. We work on a contingency fee basis, so that you pay nothing until we win an award for you. To contact J. Lewis & Associates, call 800-228-0507.