On December 1, 2012, 22-year-old Sean Michael Powers was rushed to the hospital after falling more than 40 feet from a stadium ramp at the Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, South Carolina. Powers had stopped to take a picture while looking for his seat. The Florida fan sustained a fractured skull, kidney damage, and a broken arm.
In September, a Georgia Tech student escaped serious injury when he fell about 20 feet from the upper stands during a game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta Georgia. A few weeks earlier, a 20-year-old Tennessee man fell to his death after leaning against a railing at the Georgia Dome. The day before, a 25-year-old Houston Texans fan fell 60 feet from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Wisconsin slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere, and sporting events are no exception. The examples above made headlines, but not every fall is as dramatic. If you slip on a wet bathroom floor, trip over a loose rug, or fall off a balcony, who is responsible for your injuries?
All property owners, stadium owners included, have a duty to protect those who are invited to the property from foreseeable injury. Property owners must regularly inspect their properties and must either repair dangerous conditions or place warnings about the dangerous conditions.
Spills happen. Toilets flood. These events may not be preventable, but a stadium owner should have enough staff at games that yellow wet floor warning signs can be placed before a spill or overflowing toilet causes injury. After a game, cleaning staff should look for and report dangerous conditions. Since it only makes sense that a Packers fan is more interested in the game than what is beneath his feet, any loose flooring should be fixed immediately.
If you are injured in a Wisconsin slip and fall accident, speak to an experienced Green Bay injury attorney. Your injuries may be the result of negligence. To learn whether you have a Wisconsin slip and fall claim, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free case evaluation.