Determining Liability When You’ve Been Injured at a Concert or Sporting Event
When you’re injured as a result of someone else’s negligence in Massachusetts, you can typically seek compensation by filing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance. To initiate the process, however, you must accurately identify the negligent party.
The negligent party in these circumstances is often the owners of the venue. Under premises liability laws, the venue’s owners have a legal responsibility to keep guests like yourself out of harm’s way. They may fulfill this responsibility by (among other tasks):
Installing proper lighting so visibility factors don’t cause accidents
Employing necessary security measures to keep dangerous individuals out
Adhering to maintenance protocols to ensure the facilities are in proper condition
Training employees to address potential hazards (such as spills) in a timely manner
It’s possible you’ve been injured because the owners of the venue didn’t take one or more of the above steps. That said, depending on the exact circumstances of your accident, it’s possible that the insurance company may try to suggest you don’t deserve any compensation.
How Assumed Risk May Affect Your Case
The legal principle of assumed risk states that sometimes individuals may knowingly put themselves in situations that carry the potential risk of injury. For example, when you attend a hockey match, if you’re seated close enough to the ice, you know there’s technically the possibility of a stray puck flying into the crowd and striking you.
If you were to be injured in such an accident because a net or other such protective feature failed or hadn’t been installed in the first place, you might have a viable claim. On the other hand, if you were injured by a stray puck in a random accident that didn’t result from anyone’s negligence, the insurance company could argue that you aren’t eligible for compensation.
This highlights the importance of reviewing your case with an attorney if you’ve been injured at a concert, sporting event, or other such event. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., a Boston premises liability lawyer will review your case for free, explaining your legal options based on our thorough understanding of relevant Massachusetts laws. If we agree to work together, our team is prepared to offer the aggressive representation you deserve. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900 today.