Going to a baseball game is supposed to be fun. At Turner Field, fans expect to cheer for the Braves, spend time with family, show off their team pride and enjoy great ballpark snacks. Unfortunately, some games in Turner Field end in tragedy. Since opening its doors in 1997, the Atlanta ballpark has been the site of numerous injuries and even several deaths. If you or someone you love has been hurt while at Turner Field, you are not alone—and you don’t have to face this difficult time without support. You need to speak to an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been helping accident victims for more than 20 years. We understand how to go up against even the biggest companies, including the insurance companies that represent major sports teams. We believe in helping our clients make the fullest possible recovery from your accident. In many cases we help our clients recover the full costs of their accident, including: Medical bills, Medicine, physical therapy & rehabilitation, and Payment for pain & suffering or other losses.
Let us give you a free consultation to discuss your accident. Call John Foy at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What kinds of injuries are most common at Turner Field?
Any kind of injury could qualify for a financial recovery, but there are two types of accidents that are most common:
- Being hit with a baseball
Both can cause serious injuries, but in very different ways.
A stray baseball can hit the stands at very high speeds, potentially causing a head injury or even serious brain damage. In 2010, a little girl was struck by a foul ball in Turner Field that fractured her head in 30 places. A ball can also injure the face, arms, fingers or hands as a fan tries to catch it or shield themselves.
Falling accidents are most dangerous when someone falls over a guardrail from an upper level of the stadium. This is a sadly common occurrence at all baseball stadiums, with 24 people having fallen to their deaths in Major League ballparks since the late 1960s. But Turner Field has had more falling deaths than most stadiums, including falls of up to 85 feet.
Many falling slip and fall accidents at Turner Field are much less dramatic but equally serious. For example, simply slipping and falling on the stadium stairs can lead to a broken ankle, broken arms, head injury or other serious conditions.
Doesn’t Turner Field have guard rails to prevent people from falling?
Yes, there are guard rails on all upper levels of the stadium, but there is some controversy over whether these railings are tall enough to protect people.
The railings at Turner Field are 33 inches high, or about waist high on an adult. That is legal, and it exceeds the minimum height required by building code. But it’s much lower than the guardrails used in many other situations, such as on balconies. Lawsuits against Turner Field state that the industry standard for railings is 42 inches high, and that these short 33-inch railings are dangerous.
Legally, the owners of Turner Field have a duty to ensure the stadium is safe for everyone who visits. Since the current 33-inch railings have not stopped people from falling over, lawsuits suggest that they have failed in that duty. Stadiums are liable for falling accidents, especially when their railings are not up to industry standard heights.
How serious are injuries from stray baseballs?
These injuries can be life threatening, and are among the most common baseball injuries. Fans have been struck not only by balls, but by fragments of broken bats as well. This has led to injuries including:
- Wounds that require stitches
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured skulls
- Eye injuries
- Broken jaws
- Missing teeth
These injuries can require surgery. They’re also common. One statistical study suggests that 1,750 fans are injured at games a year, mostly by foul balls and broken bats. By those numbers, fans are actually more likely to be hit by a ball than the players are.
Currently, Turner Field does use netting to protect some areas of seating from foul balls. But the netting shields a relatively narrow area, and there are hundreds of seats in areas that foul balls can hit, with no protection at all.
If I was injured, how do I know if I have a claim?
The only way to be sure is to get a professional legal opinion. We make this as easy as possible by providing a free, in-depth consultation. Our attorneys can come to you, or you can come to our office. We believe that every accident victim has a right to a legal opinion.
No matter what you do, don’t be quick to blame yourself for your injury. We see fans do this too often. You may think you should have caught the ball, or that it was your fault you slipped on the stairs. But the law disagrees. You have a right to enjoy a baseball game without risk of injury, and stadiums are supposed to be designed to make sure that’s possible.
Never blame yourself. Take the time to talk to a lawyer.
What if alcohol was a factor in my injury?
Turner Field sells alcoholic beverages, and many fans enjoy them during the game. You have the same rights to a financial recovery whether you were drinking or not. Just like a bar or restaurant, a stadium is supposed to anticipate that some customers may be “buzzed,” and provide a safe environment for everybody. Drinking does not mean your accident is your fault.
However, the courts may look on your case differently if you were intoxicated. The best way to decide how to proceed with your case, and how the courts might view it, is to discuss what happened with your lawyer.
How much time do I have to file an injury claim in Atlanta?
The courts in Atlanta follow strict timelines set by state and federal law. If you were injured at Turner Field, you may have up to two years to file your claim. However, there are many cases where the timeline may be much shorter. Do not risk missing your chance to make a financial recovery—talk to a lawyer right away.
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If you or someone you love was hurt at Turner Field, you have rights. Let us help you. John Foy & Associates has been winning personal injury cases for over 20 years, and charge you nothing unless we win you money. Don’t wait. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.