Playing sports can be dangerous, but did you know watching sports can be dangerous too? One woman was watching a Dodgers game in 2008 when she was smacked with a broken maple bat. The heavy wood piece of baseball equipment broke her jaw, and she had to undergo a surgery to reset it. The lady is now suing the Dodgers for alleging negligence and premises liability. She also has taken up a case against Rawlings, the company that created the dangerous bat. She assumes that a baseball bat that can break that easily is not safe.
Currently, this case is on hold, due to the fact that the Dodgers are still recovering from their bankruptcy. The new trial will be set for June 13th. The woman did not choose to go after Todd Helton, the batter at the time that the injury occurred. The Dodgers attempted to get the case dismissed. They said that every fan who steps into the stadium to watch a game assumes the risk of injury. A pop-fly ball or a shattered bat can do damage, but the fans are willing to risk that to be a part of the ball game.
The Dodgers also argued that this woman could have chosen a seat behind a protective screen, instead of choosing the seat that was in the line of the bat's trajectory. The Dodgers have a signed posted by these unprotected seats, which reads "be alert to bats and balls entering the seating area." The lawyers for Rawlings also argue that this lady assumed the risk of injury when she sat down to watch the Dodgers game. Because the bat was "altered and modified" by a third party, she was putting herself in assumed, possible danger. The woman's lawyers are battling these arguments at present, hoping to give her restitution for her pain. If you have been hurt in a spectator sport accident, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you. Talk to someone at our firm today to help you with your case.