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Home to some of the best athletic teams in the country, Texas is a popular spot for vacationers and game attendees who wish to enjoy the thrills of a live game at the stadium itself. Stadiums throughout the state of Texas are home to sports fans and music enthusiasts alike, all of whom attend events at these facilities under pleasurable pretenses. Unfortunately, the fun that is meant to be had at a professional game or live concert can be quickly ruined when an injury occurs on the premises.

When large, overzealous crowds are combined with the consumption of alcoholic beverages and a competitive atmosphere, a number of accidents could occur. When this potentially dangerous combination is exacerbated by insufficient security, the problems that can arise could be quite serious. Quite quickly, stadiums can become a hub for drunken brawls, competitive battles, and even vicious assaults. Even in a state known for its friendliness, physical outbreaks can occur, and the result can be significant injuries to the victims involved.

Information for victims of spectator violence

Despite the longstanding occurrence of spectator violence in stadiums and areas throughout the world, the problem continues to persist. In fact, the issue has become so problematic that it has earned the attention of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP), where the details of such acts of violence are addressed more in depth. Specifically, the POP identifies spectator violence as circumstances in which occurs between:

Two or more spectators; or even two or more groups of spectators
Spectators and stadium workers, including general employees and security guards
Spectators and the venue, i.e. physical destruction of one of the venue’s structures
Spectators and the entertainers, including athletes, performers, coaches, referees, etc.

Spectator violence can be spontaneous or organized, making it particularly difficult for victims to avoid. Its prevalence is so widespread and all-encompassing, in fact, that as many as six different forms of spectator aggression have been identified by POP. These six types are as follows:

Verbal aggression, i.e. taunting, yelling, or chanting obscenities

Physical aggression, i.e. spitting, hitting, stabbing, shooting

“Missile” throwing, i.e. throwing food/drinks/bottles/seats

Destruction of property, i.e. burning venue-owned property, knocking down venue-owned property, etc.

Obscene gestures, i.e. making threatening or obscene motions to another person or group of people

Swarming or rushing the field or stage, or even the entry/exit gates
Risk of assault
Although not well known or widely publicized, one of the biggest risks for injury at a stadium involves assault. Issues of this nature become particularly problematic when the stadium and/or event coordinator fails to provide the proper amount of security for an event. Victims of assault can suffer both physically and emotionally, and are prone to sustaining a number of different types of injuries, some of which include:

Black eyes
Brain damage
Broken bones
Damaged hearing
Damaging sight
Damaged teeth

For victims of sexual assault at a stadium, additional injuries could include genital or anal trauma as well. All victims of assault also stand to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after an attack.

If you or someone you know was injured in any way by brutal force of another person, you should not wait to speak with David McQuade Leibowitz. He understands the delicate nature of such incidents, and he will make sure to handle your case with the care, sensitivity, and privacy you deserve. David McQuade Leibowitz is fully prepared to seek the compensation that you need and deserve for your recovery, so don’t wait to contact David McQuade Leibowitz to learn more.

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