PNC Park, located in the North Shore neighborhood, is a great place to watch a Pirates game or go to a concert. But with a capacity of over 38,000 people, the park can get a little crowded. And when that happens, accidents are bound to occur.
Because Pennsylvania law requires property owners keep their property safe for visitors, if you were injured at PNC Park, you may be entitled to compensation. However, premises liability lawsuits can be complicated. A PNC Park accident and injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green can help determine liability, build your case, and get you the maximum amount of compensation possible.
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Types of Accidents at PNC Park
In crowded places like PNC Park, accidents are inevitable. Everything from minor bumps or bruises to serious, life-threatening injuries can and do occur.
Taking the time to learn about the most common types of accidents that occur in crowded venues like PNC Park can help you avoid accidents in the future and may help you identify who is at fault for your injuries if you are in an accident at the park. The most common types of accidents at PNC Park include:
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip (or trip) and fall accidents regularly serve as the basis for premises liability cases. That is because the owners of property open to the public must keep floors and walkways safe and free of hazards. Some dangerous conditions that could lead to slip or trip and falls include:
- Wet or slippery surfaces from spills or standing water
- Ice or snow accumulation
- Uneven flooring or rips in carpeting
If you slip or trip and fall because of a dangerous condition, you will likely be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In some cases, slippery surfaces may be inevitable, such as when an employee mops the floor to clean up a spill. However, the owner still has a duty to warn guests that the floor is wet. Owners who do not post signs could be liable for failure to warn.
Falls from Height
Because PNC Park has multiple levels of seats and several elevated walkways, there is a real risk of serious falls. PNC Park has a duty to keep guests of all ages safe from such falls by providing safe and well-maintained railings and banisters.
You may also be able to hold a third party, such as an architect, liable if your fall was the result a defect in the design of the park and its seating areas.
Elevator or Escalator Accidents
Escalators and elevators are a necessity in multiple tier venues like PNC Park. PNC Park has a duty to keep these items in safe working order for guests.
If a guest suffers injury in an elevator or escalator, either the park or a third party such as a maintenance company may be liable.
Assaults by other Fans
It is a universal truth; some fans get rowdy. If a fan assaults you at a game, that fan is responsible for your injuries.
However, PNC Park may also bear some liability for your injuries too. Because arenas and ballparks are notorious for hosting rowdy fans, PNC Park has a duty to provide adequate security guards and monitoring to provide a safe environment for all of its guests. If PNC Park fails to control the crowds inside the park, it may be liable for any resulting injuries.
How do I determine liability?
As we discussed above, liability for your injuries depends largely on the specific circumstances of your case. It is possible that PNC Park, another third party like a maintenance company, or both could be partially responsible for your injury.
Determining liability for an accident is difficult. It requires a thorough investigation and an intricate knowledge of Pennsylvania law. The attorneys at Berger and Green, over their 40 years of personal injury experience, have investigated countless complicated cases to determine liability, prove fault, and recover compensation for clients.
What evidence should I collect after an accident at PNC Park?
In order to prove liability for your injuries, you will need to collect specific types of evidence.
The two most important pieces of evidence to gather are the medical report and the incident report. The medical report will prove your injuries; the incident report will prove the accident occurred and may shed some light on who was at fault.
In addition to the medical and incident reports, you should also try to collect contact information and statements from witnesses who were there at the time of your accident and can speak about how the accident happened.
Other important pieces of evidence include surveillance video footage and photographs of the area or dangerous conditions that lead to the accident.
You may receive some pushback when attempting to gather evidence like the surveillance footage from the park. A lawyer can gather the evidence for you and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
If you are able to prove fault, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and more.
Contact the Accident Lawyers at Berger and Green if You Were Injured at PNC Park
The accident lawyers of Berger and Green are here to help you after an accident at PNC Park. If you plan to sue or need help determining whether or not to accept a settlement from PNC Park after an accident, contact us today. We can manage every aspect of your claim from start to finish.
Give us a call to discuss your case today: 412-612-1400.