Service of Responsibility
July 23rd, 2012
Categories: Accident, Responsibility, Sports
Golfer Roray McIlroy accidentally hit a fan in the head with his ball at the British Open in Lytham St Annes last week.
The ball of an 11 year old New Jersey boy went rogue and hit a bystander. He was warming up the relief pitcher in the bullpen at a Little League facility.
Accidents happen. You go to a NASCAR event and if you’re in the wrong spot in the stands you might find a piece of metal in your arm caused by flying shards from a crash on the track. Ball boys and girls at tennis tournaments can easily get bonged. I suppose you could even find a giant wrestler in your lap if your seat is by the ring. What if a fan hurts him or herself trying to catch a foul ball?
The now 13 year old Little Leaguer is being sued by the woman who was hit, according to news reports, for $150,000 for medical expenses plus an unknown amount for “pain and suffering.” Sidebar: I was brought before a judge and the two lawyers during a voir dire in NYC civil court a few years ago because one of my questions was, “Will the jury be given parameters to define the financial range of pain and suffering in this case?” I was told “no” and excused from that case’s jury pool.
When you go to a sports event, do you accept the potential hazards of doing so? Should people who attend a free event sign a release or if they buy a ticket, should there be 2-point type written by lawyers on the backs of each one that discharges the producers or players from potential suits in cases of inadvertent harm to bystanders?