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Spectators sue Major League Baseball for lack of safety netting in sporting arenas

A lawsuit was recently filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the MLB for allegedly failing to install safety netting that could protect spectators from getting injured when balls accidentally hit them.

The plaintiffs claim that the defendants are guilty of negligence and misrepresentation. They added that they are exposing the spectators of the sport to unnecessary harm, referencing a Ninth Circuit decision that says holding the fear or anxiety of future harm is enough to establish injury-in-fact.

The MLB contended, on the other hand, that the injury rate per ticket is less than 1%, meaning the chance of injury is very slim. Therefore, the plaintiffs have failed to establish an imminent danger of injury. Similar litigation involving hockey has set the bar for injury very high. Even in the most extreme cases, the hockey team and the National Hockey League are usually absolved of liability because of the argument that sporting fans are aware of the possibility of injury when attending such sporting events. As long as teams, arenas, and leagues warn spectators of the possibility of injury when coming to said sporting events, they are usually not held responsible for injuries to spectators.

The attorneys at Ritter & Associates provide legal services for our clients in San Diego and other areas of California, an we handle personal injury accident cases such as product and premises liability. Call our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to learn more about what we can do for you.

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