Injured at Dodger Stadium
Built in 1962, Dodger Stadium is one of the oldest ballparks in Major League Baseball. Each year, millions of people attend games to watch the LA Dodgers take on the best ballplayers in the world. Unfortunately, many people are also injured at the ballpark each year and need compensation to cover the cost of their medical care and other financial losses.
At Fisher & Talwar, we have built our reputation in Los Angeles by providing top-shelf representation to those injured in accidents. Please contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to review your case.
Personal Injuries in Dodger Stadium
Accidents at the stadium range from minor to life-threatening. Some people have even died because of accidents suffered at Dodger Stadium. Common accidents include:
- Getting hit by a ball. In August 2018, a woman was hit by a foul ball and died four days later because of bleeding in her brain. The 79-year-old woman had been struck in the head and began to experience weakness. She died in the hospital. Although the stadium has put up nets near home plate, fans seated in other locations can still be hit.
- Slip and fall accidents or trip and falls. You can slip or trip anywhere on the stadium grounds because of debris you weren’t expecting or spilled liquids. You might also trip and fall as you try to get your seat.
- Falling from the stands. If you are sitting in the higher levels, you could fall and land in a lower level. Young children, in particular, could go right over the ledge if a parent is not watching them closely.
- Food poisoning. Food and beverages served at the game could become contaminated because of unsanitary preparation. Hot foods should be served and consumed promptly before bacteria can begin to grow. Hot dogs, burgers, and milk-based products could all become contaminated and cause a customer to become ill.
- Assault and sexual violence. Fans could be assaulted by stadium staff or by other fans. Physical attacks should not be surprising given the amount of alcohol sold and consumed at Dodger’s games. People can be attacked in the stands, parking lot, or bathrooms. Women at a higher risk of sexual assault.
If you have been injured, it is vital that you get the medical help that you need. Call an ambulance, if necessary, or have someone drive you to the hospital. With early intervention, you improve your chances of recovering from the injury.
Evidence to Use for Your claim
If you were injured in an accident or an assault, you need to collect certain pieces of evidence that will help strengthen your claim for compensation. Of course, you might be so injured that all you can do is call for help. However, if you can move around, then collect the following or ask a friend or family member to do it for you:
- Keep the ticket stub that shows you were at the game on the day and time you claim.
- Contact the police, if necessary, especially if you have been the victim of an assault.
- Get the names of any witnesses who saw the incident or accident. They can help let your attorney understand what happened.
- Keep all medical bills and receipts. These will help prove how much money your injuries caused you.
- Hold onto copies of test results and medical records, if provided by your doctor.
With this evidence, you can establish you were at Dodger Stadium at a certain time and prove how badly you were injured.
Your attorney might be able to find other evidence. For example, video evidence might have captured the incident. Video could be from the CCTV at the stadium or, if the game was broadcast, from the television station showing the game. Your attorney will know how to request this evidence and ensure that it is preserved.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries
After an injury, you should meet with an attorney at Fisher & Talwar. We will review what happened and how badly you were injured. Based on what we hear, we will have a better idea of who you can hold responsible for your injuries.
For example, if you were injured because of some hazard on the premises, then the Stadium owners and operators should be responsible. By contrast, if you were made sick from improperly prepared food, you might hold the vendor that sold you the food responsible. And if you were a victim of violence, you could hold many people responsible, including Dodger Stadium for having negligent security.
Identifying the correct entity to sue is only the first step. You then need to properly value your injuries so you can know how much compensation to sue for. People who try to represent themselves often make critical errors that end up costing them money and time, so please contact us today.
Compensation after an Accident at Dodger Stadium
Many of our clients who are injured due to the negligence of someone else seek compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of diagnostic tests, transportation to the hospital, surgery, follow-up visits, rehabilitation, and prescription drugs
- Lost wages, including lost earning capacity if you cannot return to your job
- Property damage, if any property was damaged in the accident
- Pain and suffering
Estimating the amount you can receive is complicated because there are so many variables in play. As attorneys, we will look at:
- The full extent of your financial losses
- How much your injuries have interfered with your life, including your familial relationships
- Whether you were negligent yourself, which can reduce the amount of compensation you receive
- The strength of your evidence that the defendant was liable for the accident
- The size of any insurance policy that can be used to pay out compensation
Please reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.
Fisher & Talwar is a Leading Los Angeles Personal Injury Firm
After an accident at Dodger Stadium, you should meet with an attorney who understands how to get the maximum settlement possible under the law. Serious injuries warrant serious representation, so contact us today to schedule a free consultation.