Many Wilmington residents have experienced the feeling of being in a sporting stadium and feeling slightly uneasy due to steep stairs and low balcony barriers. The design of these sporting venues makes it easy to pack in many fans while providing spectacular views, but some individuals claim that sporting fans are put at risk for personal injuries so that stadium owners can maximize profits.
A lawsuit was recently filed by the family of a toddler who died at the famous Los Angeles Staples Center last year. The family alleges that the barrier of a third floor luxury box was inadequate and allowed the toddler to make a quick dash and fall to his death.
An autopsy report ruled the death an accident. The toddler dropped up to 50 feet and suffered massive head injuries. The toddler just finished posing for a picture and abruptly scampered off the 10-inch-high ledge. He was only a few feet away from his mother at the time of the fall.
The lawyer of the family alleges that the stadium is compromising visitor safety for money, but the stadium is incompliance with city codes, which only require 26-inch high barriers in front of seats.
The toddler’s death was part of a series of stadium deaths across the country. Approximately a week later, a man fell off a concourse during a Chicago Bears game and died of his injuries. A member of the San Diego Chargers’ staff also recently died from falling out of a press box.