When we go to a baseball game, the last thing we want to have to worry about is safety. We go to cheer, meet other fans, and have a good time, not think about whether a stray ball might hit us in the face. (Or if a safety railing might give out.)

But, unfortunately, whether you’re at a Yankee game or just walking through a market, accidents happen. When it was an avoidable accident, then sometimes the owner of the venue can be held liable for injuries that it caused.

Yankee Stadium Foul

Recently, at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was struck in the face by a foul ball traveling over 100 mph. Although she suffered a broken nose, there does not seem to be any lifelong damage; but it could have been far worse. Because of what happened, Yankees management intends to extend the foul line netting to protect fans from the possibility of fastball hits in the future.

That is a good step to take, but it is worth noting that their current netting meets MLB standards and is similar to what you might find at just about any other stadium.

Simple Safety Steps

There are dangers in this world no matter where you go, but at the end of the day, many risks can be avoided through some caution. For example, operators of outdoor markets, convention halls, and similar locations have a responsibility to keep walkways clear of tripping hazards in order to protect visitors and merchants. Ramps and stairs need to be well-lit and include guardrails to minimize the risk of a fall and serious injury.

Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones

Even if you are careful and do everything you can to protect yourself and those you care about, accidents can still happen. When someone else’s recklessness is responsible for an accident, then you may be able to hold them liable for the pain and suffering they caused. If you believe a venue has not acted properly to keep you and other visitors safe, then you may be able to take legal action.

You need an experienced NY premises liability attorney to represent you and fight for your rights. Call us at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, today at (212) 986-7353 to discuss your case and talk about your options.

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