Summer is a fun time to get outdoors and take in a game – whether cheering on Little League, or catching an Arizona Diamondback game, a soccer game, softball, golf or Frisbee. As a spectator, we love to watch our favorite athletes take on their competitors, and root for our home teams. But, even being a spectator comes with the risk of injury, and, this risk is assumed when you purchase your ticket and attend the sporting event.
What can you do to reduce the chance of injury to you, or your children? Here are 5 tips to keep you, and those around you safe:
Understand the risk
When you purchase a ticket and attend an event, you are agreeing to the fact that you are willingly participating in a dangerous activity. Most the time, this means that if you are injured, you aren’t able to sue the sporting venue, ownership, etc. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, and only speaking to an attorney about your case will clear it up.
If you are more vulnerable to injury because you have small children with you, or are limited in mobility, take extra precautions for safety such as choosing a safer seating area, such as in an enclosed area.
Texting or keeping your eyes on your cellphone isn’t a safe practice when there is a potential of an object flying towards you. Keep your eyes on the game and watch for projectiles.
Bring a glove
Most spectator injuries happen at baseball games, so be aware of where you are sitting (some areas are more prone to foul balls then others), and bring a glove to catch a baseball or softball before it collides with you, or nearby spectators.
If you see a projectile coming your way, shout for a ‘heads up’ or ‘duck’ for those who may not be paying attention.
Teach your kids
Teach your kids safe spectator practices, such as watching for objects, and how to protect their head, face and extremities from injuries from projectiles.
When Something Goes Wrong at a Sporting Event
Since there is a little chance of remedy if you are injured at a sporting event, it is better to take proactive steps to protect yourself. If you have been injured, it is still a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney to determine if your unique situation allows for compensation for your injuries, or for the injuries of a loved one.
Simon Law Group has been serving the Greater Phoenix area’s personal injury needs for over 20 years, and would love to earn your trust but showing you an ethical and honest approach to getting the fair compensation you need to care for you and your family after an accident that was no fault of your own. Give us a call today at (480) 745-2450 to schedule your free consultation, and remember, Experience Matters!