Baseball is widely considered America’s pastime of choice. Here in Utah, things are no different. Realistically, it’s hard for fans to stay away from the game. Whether it’s the hot dogs and apple pie or seventh-inning stretches and walk-off home runs, for nearly 180 years, baseball has captivated her millions of adoring fans.
Fortunately, as summertime approaches, so too does the heart of the Major League schedule.That being said, beyond the traditional sites and smells of a ballpark lies a hidden danger worthy of being mentioned. Unbeknownst to many, baseball is without a doubt one of the world’s most treacherous spectator sports, often finding itself tangled in lawsuits of wrongful deaths.
Innately, being hit by a fly or foul ball is an unavoidable risk. With pitchers hurling dense baseballs towards home plate at upwards of 90 mph, it’s no surprise that balls—and bats, for that matter—ricochet in any and all directions. To avoid legal and health-related complications, remain awake and alert at all times.
Even with precautionary nets, signs and announcements in place, accidents happen and lawsuits occur. However, in many states, “the baseball rule” protects ballpark administration from legal liability. Reports FindLaw.com of the aforementioned rule, “The idea behind the rule is that fans have assumed some risk of injury by attending a sporting event, especially a baseball game where batted balls enter the crowd so frequently.”
Still, if you or a loved one here in Utah feels unjustly harmed or has become yet another statistic of wrongful deaths while attending a baseball game, you might want to consider pursuing compensation through a local personal injury law firm.