Sports fans don’t always appreciate the risks of seeing their favorite team. Stories, such as the one about the fan who suffered injuries during a Giants-Rockies game after being hit by a foul ball, are, unfortunately, fairly common.

Stadium duty of care

Colorado law obligates team owners and stadium operators to take reasonable care to protect spectators from foreseeable harm. Reasonable care means stadium owners must erect protective devices such as barriers, fences, and nets to shield spectators from fly balls or other harmful objects. A team or stadium owner that violates their duty of reasonable care may be liable for your injuries. Damages can include compensation for economic harm, such as lost wages as well as for non-economic harm such as pain and suffering.

The Baseball Rule

Colorado, however, like most other states, limits team and stadium-owner liability through a statute commonly known as the Baseball Rule. Under the Baseball Rule, a baseball team or stadium owner meets its duty of due care to patrons by installing screening in the most dangerous areas of the stadium or arena — almost every baseball stadium has such screens behind home plate.

Additionally, if you choose to sit in an unscreened or unprotected area in the stadium or arena, you are generally assumed to have undertaken the risk of being hit by objects such as fly balls and thrown bats during the game (and pre-game).  This assumption provides a potential “out” for owners and means that you may be attending games your own risk. Fans should also be aware that the Baseball Rule concept is not limited to baseball — it has been applied to other sports such as hockey and basketball.

If you are injured while attending a baseball game or other sporting event, your first priority should be to seek medical help. Afterwards, you or your family should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. For more than 20 years, attorneys at Bell & Pollock, P.C., have helped injured Coloradans recover what they deserve.

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CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000