Who Is Liable for Injuries at a Ball Park?

Summer is officially here! Among the picnics, barbecues, and Fourth of July celebrations, we have families spending the day at the park or attending a game to support their favorite sports teams. Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation is attuned to the needs of the community. In a town as sunny and vibrant as San Jose, it is hard to resist enjoying a day out.

We often hear stories of adults and children who have been injured in a stadium or other sporting event. While this may sound like a relatively minor case of premises liability and negligence, stadiums carry a multitude of risks that could result in injuries beyond that of other properties.


Inadequate security or safety measures are some of the common causes of accidents, such as a slip-and-fall. Floors are often quite slippery, thanks to the variety of food, drinks, and snacks available. Owners should be aware of this hazard and provide a fix to the problem, which could mean setting up a "wet floor" sign or blocking off a small section until the area has been cleaned up.

Other contributing factors to stadium injuries may include:

  • Unsafe or improperly maintained rails
  • Lack of fire extinguishers
  • Slippery or slick floors
  • Overcrowded facilities
  • Improper safety measures or emergency plans
  • Inadequate protection from objects flying into the stands

Fans can be injured by flying balls, pucks, or bats-which can lead to severe injuries like traumatic brain injury. Overcrowded facilities can also lead to trampling accidents. Still, owners feel protected from liability because of this: Tickets have fine print that state that the stadium and all owners claim no legal responsibility for injuries to fans. Every ticket-holding attendee of a sports event is bound to these terms, many without realizing it.

Owners must understand that they still have the responsibility to lessen the possibility of injuries. As San Josecatastrophic injury lawyers, our job is to advocate for you, ensure your voice is heard, and prove that the stadium owners were, in fact, negligent.


The team at Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation includes dedicated, reliable, and award-winning attorneys with over 100 years of experience. One of the ways we intend to help those who have had suffered a serious or catastrophic injury is to examine every detail of your case so that we can secure an outcome that works in your favor.

We are 100% committed to justice. Contact us for a free consultation if you were injured while attending a sports game or visiting other public property.

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