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Major League Baseball, team faces premises liability lawsuit

Baseball fans in Nevada may be interested to learn that Major League Baseball and one of its teams have been named as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges it failed to protect the safety of fans at ballparks. The premises liability lawsuit was filed by a family in another state who lost a loved one during a ball game in 2015. According to the complaint, in August last year, the 60-year-old man stood up to boo a player from the opposition team and fell over the railing.

The man landed on concrete paving after falling 50 feet. He was rushed to a hospital, but was soon declared dead. The plaintiffs claim that the railings in place to protect fans at ball games were only 26 inches high, insufficient to prevent a person falling over it.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the rails on the stands at the stadium were all raised to 42 inches. This lawsuit alleges that the MLB's failure to make uniform changes nationwide resulted in their loved one's death. It is alleged that fans continue to be exposed to the danger of unsafe guardrails that are too low to prevent people from falling.

Any Nevada resident who suffers the consequences of unsafe conditions at public facilities may pursue financial relief for all losses and damages sustained. Negligence will have to be established by appropriate evidence, and if the court is satisfied, it will consider documented claims for specific items of damages claimed. Navigating this type of claim in a civil court can present many stumbling blocks, and the support and guidance of an experienced premises liability attorney may be invaluable.

Source: courthousenews.com, "Braves Sued After Death by Stadium Fall", April 20, 2016

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