Going to a National Football League game may be dream for many West Virginia residents and others around the country. Having an opportunity to watch professional players or support a favorite team would make it a highly anticipated experience. But what if that experience was marred by an accident? A Bengals season ticket holder recently sued the organization after a slip-and-fall incident at the team’s stadium.
In Oct. 2018, the Bengals were playing a home game against the Steelers. A 20-year season ticket holder was in attendance at the game. While heading into the rest room, he slipped and fell near one of the stalls. The man fell backwards and hurt his shoulder as a result of the fall.
Apparently, someone had gotten sick in the rest room and there had been vomit on the floor. Maintenance personnel had poured an absorbent substance on it in an attempt to stave the odor and prevent it from spreading on the floor. However, according to the lawsuit, the substance had not been cleaned up properly. Attendees of the game continued to step in the substance and track it onto the rest room floor, thus contributing to the season ticker holder’s fall.
The injured man required reconstructive surgery on his shoulder and also has ongoing therapy for rehabilitation. The man contends that the Bengals’ Stadium personnel did not adequately address the hazardous situation in its cleaning efforts. In addition, there was no signage making fans aware of the substances on the floor.
When a West Virginia business or other organization’s negligence has led to a slip-and-fall accident, the victim may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the entity deemed to be responsible. An attorney can help an injured party pursue litigation in this state. A successful outcome in a lawsuit could help provide compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs or lost wages.