A tragic accident occurred at Houston’s Minute Maid Park last week during a game between the Astros and the Chicago Cubs. During the fourth inning, a young girl was hit by a foul ball. The girl was transported to the hospital and no further details were released about her condition.
The accident left many fans and players visibly shaken. After the accident, many have been speaking out about the need for increased safety for fans in baseball stadiums. Almost 2,000 fans are hit by foul balls every year, and some of them are killed. Others are permanently injured.
Many safety experts are asking that major league parks install higher safety nets. In all 30 major league parks, there are now safety nets after the baseball commissioner suggested that the parks do so in 2015. The Astros also have protective netting between sections 112-126, but many are saying the netting should be extended to prevent another tragedy from occurring.
Sadly, outings to ball games can quickly turn tragic if the owner or operator of the stadium is negligent in the operation of the park. If a stadium falls into disrepair, or if proper safety measures are not taken, fans can fall, get struck by balls, or suffer other accidents. If the stadium’s owner or operator knew about the problem and didn’t repair it or didn’t warn visitors, a person injured as a result can sue the owner or operator for negligence.
If you have been injured at a sports stadium, you should speak with an attorney. The owners and operators of those stadiums have a duty to keep visitors safe. If they fail in that duty, they can be held liable. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.