On March 30, 2023, during the Dodger’s opening game at the famous Dodger Stadium, a fan went onto the field, ran a short distance, faced the crowd, and went down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend. Just a couple of seconds later, a security guard rushed him and tackled him onto the ground. Soon after, more security guards arrived and were laying on the fan, who was still on the floor. The fan was then picked up and walked off the field.
Many fans captured the incident from different angles. Nearly every video captures the sound of the fan being tacked – even in the loudness of the stadium. Although it is still unclear whether the fan was ultimately injured, the man appeared to have a red face and limping as he was being walked off the field by guards.
Of course, this is not the first incident involving fans being rushed by security on sports fields, and it will certainly not be the last. Many of us have seen countless footage of fans at different sporting events entering the field, running as far as possible, and then being tackled by security before they are removed. Of course, fans are not allowed on sports fields during these events; however, it is relatively common for fans to try to enter the field. Those who are successful are quickly removed by security. Considering that practically everyone has a phone capable of recording nowadays, it is very common for other fans to capture these incidents and post them online.
Incidents like the one described above tend to get a lot of media attention, not only because of the field proposal but also because of the way that security handled the situation. Many are upset about the obvious use of excessive force to take down the fan that wasn’t even trying to run away.
Of course, entering a sports field during a game is prohibited and always results in security getting involved. However, it is important that security uses a reasonable amount of force with fans to prevent injuries.
If you or a loved one was rushed by security and suffered injuries, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. You could even have the right to recover compensation for the harm that you suffered. If you are interested in more information about the legal options available to you, we suggest that you seek legal help as soon as possible. Our lawyers here at the Normandie Law Firm have decades of experience and are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and recover the payout that you are owed. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us today.
Possible Injuries Associated with Security Guard Rushing Fans at Sporting Events
Without a doubt, it is common knowledge that fans are not allowed on sports fields during games and that doing so will get them removed from the premises and even permanently banned from the stadium (and all other stadiums in the league). Regardless of the fact that ignoring the rules and entering the field is a poor choice, most fans that do this do not expect to be seriously injured by security guards.
Some potential injuries that fans can suffer after entering the field can include the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Joint injuries and dislocations
- Sprains and strains
- Scrapes and bruises
Although these injuries might not seem serious, they can certainly be. In fact, some of these injuries could result in long-term harm. These incidents could even result in fatal injuries.
No matter the specific injuries that you or a loved one suffered after being rushed by security, we recommend that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible as you could have the right to sue.
Who is Liable for Security Guard Assault at Stadiums?
Based on premise liability, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for all their guests. This means that they must ensure that there are no dangerous conditions present that could lead to incidents that could ultimately harm guests. Although this usually means that property owners must ensure that there are no wet floors, blocked walkways, or other hazards, this duty of care also resorts to risks presented by staff, including security guards. When property owners fail to properly train their security guards, then they can be at-fault for any harm resulting from incidents. In other words, when a security guard causes an injury to a guest, then the property owner could be liable and could be sued by the victim and the victim’s family.
For more information about the legal options available to you after being rushed by security on a field, contact the experts here at our law firm today.
What Should I Do?
If you were injured by a security guard at a stadium, you should do the following to prepare to pursue a claim:
- Photograph all visible injuries
- Photograph the scene of the incident
- Get the names of all parties involved in the incident
- Get medical care as soon as possible (if necessary, call emergency services)
- Gather any surveillance video available
- Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information
- Gather any video footage that captured your incident
- Collect all relevant medical records
- Collect records of lost income
- Seek legal help as soon as possible
If you ever find yourself unsure of the next steps, we recommend that you find a lawyer as soon as possible. The experts here at our law firm are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights and recover the payout that you are owed.
What Could I Recover?
If your security guard rush injury claim is successful, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
If the incident is ultimately fatal, claimants could be eligible to recover compensation for funeral and burial costs and loss of consortium, for instance.
For more information about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could be awarded, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are more than ready to fight for your rights to help you recover the maximum payout available for your stadium security assault claim.
Filing Your Stadium Injury Claim On Time
All claims are subject to a statute of limitations, or a deadline to sue. In the state of California, for instance, claimants are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that claimants only have two years to pursue their claims. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they can lose their right to sue entirely. If you are unsure of the time that you have to file your claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately – our team is ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to file your claim on time.
Contact the Normandie Law Firm Today
Our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of personal injury claims, including security guard assault injury claims. To make our legal services accessible to all, our team offers free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our team will be available to answer all your questions address all your concerns and ensure that you have access to all the information that you need to either begin or continue your claim. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
We also offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, so our clients will never have to worry about paying upfront legal fees. Because we work on contingency, our clients will not have to pay anything unless they win. If you are ready to speak with our experts, reach out immediately. We are ready to help you every step of the way.