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As an AT&T Stadium injury lawyer, one deals with a wide variety of cases. When you’re going to watch a Dallas Cowboys game, a concert, or another event, the last thing you expect is to leave the venue in an ambulance; unfortunately, though, spectators suffer injuries at the AT&T more commonly than you might think.
If you’ve suffered a fall or another type of accident at the stadium, we can help you recoup the medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs you incur because of the incident.
There are many risk factors when it comes to accidents at stadiums, particularly if the event you’re attending is well-attended. A stadium accident may or may not give rise to liability on the part of a defendant, depending on the circumstances surrounding it.
Surfaces often become slippery at large events due to spilled drinks, weather, or leaks from bathroom pipes or elsewhere. Uneven surfaces or tripping hazards, particularly on stairways, are another risk factor for slip and fall accidents. Resulting falls can lead to a range of injuries, from minor bruises and sprains to bone fractures and head injuries.
The vast infrastructure of the AT&T Stadium is designed with spectator safety in mind, but accidents can still happen. For instance, a misplaced power cable or an abandoned piece of equipment could cause you to trip and fall. Again, the risk of an accident like this is significantly elevated when the stadium is very busy.
The thrill of a live event can sometimes lead to over-enthusiasm in crowds, resulting in pushing, shoving, or sudden movements. In the worst cases, stampedes can break out. These situations create the risk of getting crushed or trampled.
The AT&T Stadium’s parking areas get very busy during the periods immediately before and after major events. Distracted driving, drunk driving, careless behavior by pedestrians, and excessive speed can all lead to collisions. Resulting injuries include whiplash, sprains, fractures, head injuries, and spinal injuries, among others.
It’s not uncommon for patrons at large sporting or music events to suffer heart attacks, strokes, and other types of major health events. Quick intervention is crucial for the effective treatment of issues like these; if stadium authorities don’t address your situation quickly enough after you become unwell, your chances of making a full recovery will decrease significantly. According to the American Stroke Association, Alteplase IV r-tPA (the only medical stroke treatment that currently has FDA approval) is generally most effective if administered within three hours of the onset of a stroke.
There are many parties who may potentially be liable to pay you damages following a stadium accident. The person or entity you’ll have to pursue legal action against will depend on the nature of your accident and injury.
Under a legal doctrine called premises liability, you have the right to compensation when a property owner invites you onto their premises and then causes you some form of harm by failing to make their space adequately safe. For example, if you can show that you had a slip and fall accident due to the stadium’s improper maintenance practices, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries.
In certain circumstances, event organizers, rather than stadium owners, might be held liable for accidents. This will depend on how the incident in question came about and which party bore the responsibility for preventing it. Relevant factors here include:
The AT&T Stadium permits various types of third-party businesses, such as bars, food stands, and other vendors, to operate on its grounds during events. If negligent conduct by a business like this causes you to get sick or suffer an injury, they may be liable to compensate you for the associated costs. This might happen if, for example, you get food poisoning after eating an improperly cooked meal.
Our attorneys have dealt with numerous situations in which stadium attendees suffer injuries because of the negligent or intentional conduct of another member of the crowd. If this happened to you, you may be able to sue the individual in question.
Even if your injury came about due to the conduct of another stadium attendee, the event organizers or stadium owners may still be liable to compensate you. These entities have a responsibility to keep their customers safe, and this duty includes removing patrons who pose a risk to others. For example, if you were on the receiving end of an assault by another stadium attendee, and there is evidence to show that stadium authorities should have ejected the individual before your interaction with them, the stadium owners or event managers may be liable.
When you’ve had an accident and suffered an injury, you need to hire an attorney with specialized experience in claims like yours. At Crain Brogdon, that’s precisely what you’ll get.
When you come to us for your initial consultation, we’ll be able to tell you whether or not you have a viable claim on your hands by examining the available evidence. If we decide to proceed with a claim, we’ll get to work on your case right away.
We’ll build the strongest possible lawsuit by carefully examining police reports, medical records, eyewitness reports, and any relevant footage from the stadium’s camera network. We may also undertake depositions during the discovery process.
As well as a wealth of experience and an unwavering dedication to chasing the best possible results, every AT&T Stadium accident lawyer at Crain Brogdon also has a keen awareness of the emotional strain their clients are facing. We know how difficult accident recovery can be, and pursuing legal action during this period is an additional stressor. We’ll do whatever we can to make the process as painless as possible for you.
Opened in 2009, the AT&T Stadium is the home field of the Dallas Cowboys, and also plays host to other sporting events and concerts. The stadium boasts the world’s largest retractable end zone doors, which are made of glass and can open or close in just 18 minutes.
The AT&T Stadium can seat 80,000 spectators, and can house over 100,000 people when standing room is taken into account.
How long do I have to file a claim after an accident at AT&T Stadium?
In Texas, the statute of limitations typically requires you to file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of an accident. However, it’s essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss any crucial deadlines.
What if I was partially at fault for the accident?
The state of Texas follows a modified comparative negligence rule, meaning you can recover damages for an accident as long as your share of the blame for it is not greater than 50%. However, your compensation entitlements will be reduced in line with your contribution to the incident. So, if a court decides you were 20% at fault for your accident, the damages available to you will be capped at 80% of the amount you’d be entitled to had the defendant been entirely at fault.
Will my case go to court?
Most personal injury cases are settled before they get to court, as it’s less costly and time-consuming for both plaintiffs and defendants. However, if our attorneys cannot agree on an acceptable settlement this way, we won’t hesitate to fight your case in front of a judge and jury.
How much compensation can I expect?
Compensation amounts in stadium accident cases vary widely, with the severity of your injury and the extent of related costs being the most influential factor.
Whether your AT&T Stadium accident was serious or relatively mild, you should explore your potential right to file a lawsuit. You are entitled to expect event organizers, venue owners, and fellow patrons not to expose you to harm, so you should be entitled to expect compensation when these duties are not fulfilled.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case. You can reach us over the phone at (214) 522-9404, or via the contact form on our website.
Robert D. Crain is a nationally renowned personal injury attorney who has been included in lists such as U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America. Additional publications often include Rob on their “Best Lawyers” lists, including Texas Monthly and D Magazine. As a testament to his excellence, he is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. [ Attorney Bio ]