Assaults at Stadiums in California

Why You Need a San Jose Premises Liability Attorney

Since the 2011 beating of a Giants fan at the Los Angeles Dodger’s stadium, national attention has been paid to the reality of the occurrence of assaults and attacks at stadiums and arenas throughout the country. The aftermath of the L.A. attack left fans in areas throughout California hesitant to attend their next local sporting event, and with good reason given the seriousness of the catastrophic injuries that were sustained in the now-infamous beating.

For sports enthusiasts and concert goers alike, an attack or assault at the stadium or venue that they attend is always a possibility. If you or someone you know was injured or otherwise harmed in an incident of this nature, then we urge you to speak with a San Jose personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri. Under the representation of a personal injury attorney at our firm, you can take the appropriate legal action to receive compensation for any pain and suffering that resulted from the attack.

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There are many stadiums, arenas, and venues in San Jose and surrounding areas, none of which leave their attendees free from potential assault by an angry fan or trespasser of the facility.

Some of the local stadiums and venues that attract large numbers of people include:

  • HP Pavilion at San Jose
  • Event Center at San Jose University
  • Buck Shaw Stadium
  • San Jose Sabercats
  • San Jose Municipal Stadium
  • Spartan Stadium
  • Levis Stadium
  • Stephen Schott Stadium
  • HP Pavilion at San Jose Business Office

Whether you attack took place at one of the venues listed above or somewhere else, a San Jose premises liability attorney from our office is here to help you recover damages. We are prepared to represent victims who have been both physically and emotionally scarred from the assaultive behaviors of a stadium attendee.

Among the injuries that can be sustained in this type of attack are:

  • Abrasions
  • Black eyes
  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Concussion
  • Damaged teeth
  • Genital / anal trauma (in the case of sexual assault)
  • Impaired sight and / or hearing
  • Lacerations
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

The Role of Spectator Violence

The violent actions of sporting and music fans alike have been a longstanding issue that dates back to Roman times. It is well documented that supporters of chariot races were in the frequent habit of causing riots while at these events.

To both curb and control such behaviors now, the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has identified the six most common forms of spectator aggression / violence, the descriptions of which are as follows:

  1. Gesturing – obscene or otherwise threatening signals
  2. “Missile” Throwing – launching or throwing items such as food, drinks, bottles, cell phones, etc. during an event
  3. Physical Attack – spitting, kicking, pushing, fist fighting, stabbing, and even shooting
  4. Property Destruction – destroying the field or venue in any way
  5. Swarming – rushing the field or stage; attempting to crash facility gates or exits; trampling
  6. Verbal Attack – yelling and / or taunting obscenities

Not only can each of these acts lead to another act of a similar behavior, but they can be encouraged by a number of other factors as well. For example, the demographics of the crowd or the team’s performance could influence whether or not fans are likely to become rowdy or out of hand. Alcohol can also play a large role in spectator violence, as can crowding of people in a general area. Similar instances of spectator violence might also occur if the event is understaffed or being supervised by inexperienced guards.

Could your attack have been prevented?

One of the biggest arguments in successful cases of premises liability claims is that of whether or not the assault could have been prevented. If it can be proven that the circumstances of the assault are ones that could have been reasonably protected against ahead of time, then you stand much more likelihood of being compensated for your injuries.

To protect against any unnecessary threat of a stadium assault or venue attack, the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has issued its own set of advisory steps that should be taken to limit security risks.

Among the suggestions made by the center are:

  • Making sure that the stage and equipment is strategically placed
  • Creating access barriers
  • Providing adequate parking nearby the event
  • Using proper equipment
  • Establishing holding areas for arrested spectators
  • Posting signs directing spectators to the event
  • Changing venues if the event is determined to be high-risk
  • Establishing personal seating
  • Redesigning a stadium that facilitates violent behaviors

Need a lawyer for a stadium assault in San Jose, CA?

While the victim of stadium assault or venue attack may be unable to predict an incident of this nature, such is not the case for owners and operators of these facilities. Therefore, if you were injured or harmed in any way while visiting a stadium, arena, or venue in San Jose, then you should consider speaking to an injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri.

We are here to help you recover the compensation that you deserve after being wrongfully harmed or mistreated, so don’t wait to contact a San Jose personal injury attorney at our office for help.