Were You Injured at Barclays Center? Our Brooklyn Lawyers Can Help
Brooklyn is home to one of New York’s most popular concert and sports venues. Locals and visitors flock to Barclays Center to hear their favorite musician or cheer on the Brooklyn Nets.
The pandemic brought many restrictions on events and spectators at Barclays Center. As these restrictions lift and more and more people are allowed to return to the arena, crowds will soon be back to their pre-Covid-19 numbers.
As crowds increase at the Barclays Center, so do the risks of accidents and injuries. If you get injured at Barclays Center, you might be entitled to collect compensation.
At the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., our Brooklyn lawyers have experience handling all types of claims stemming from accidents and injuries at Barclays center. Call us to find out how we can help you collect the compensation allowed by law.
What Types of Injuries do People Suffer From Accidents at Barclays Center?
Sometimes injuries are minor – scrapes and bruises that might occur from ordinary interactions with other people. Trivial accidents with minor injuries that require little if any medical attention happen frequently.
Other times, injuries are more severe. Severe injuries are often caused by someone’s negligence, recklessness, or even intentional desire to harm. When these injuries occur, you might be entitled to compensation from the party responsible.
Some common injuries that occur at Barclays Center that might result in compensation to the victim are:
- Broken or fractured arms, wrists, fingers
- Broken or fractured ankles, toes
- Facial injuries such as broken nose, facial lacerations, and broken or cracked teeth
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
If you suffered one of these injuries at the Barclays Center arena, someone might owe you compensation. Call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., to learn more about protecting your legal rights and filing a personal injury claim.
What Are Some Common Accidents That Occur At Barclays Center?
Accidents that cause severe injuries at the Barclays Center, as well as other crowded venues, tend to fall into one of the following categories:
Elevator and Escalator Accidents – The size and layout of the arena mean that there are many levels and rows of seating. Most people access these by using either the escalator or elevator. Improper maintenance, broken parts, and failure to warn visitors of potential dangers, often result in people getting hurt.
Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents – There are various ways visitors to the arena can get hurt in a slip, trip, and fall accident. Inside the arena, there might be uneven or broken flooring that causes someone to trip and fall. There might be newly polished floors, wet bathroom floors, or spilled food and drink, all of which can result in someone slipping, falling, and getting hurt.
Dim or broken lighting in and around the Barclays Center can make it hard to see where you are walking, resulting in accidents. Icy sidewalks and pathways also contribute to many injuries.
Getting Hit By Thrown Objects or Falling Objects – Arenas like Barclays Center are crowded and full of heavy, dangerous equipment. If something falls on a visitor, such as a sign, banner, light fixture, or even a small piece of equipment, the injuries can be quite severe. It is not uncommon for rowdy crowd members to throw things at other spectators, injuring them. This happens quite often at sporting events.
Assaults – Rowdy crowds, sometimes fueled by alcohol, can also cause fistfights, pushing, and related injuries.
Who is Responsible for Accidents and Injuries at the Barclays Center?
In many cases, the Barclays Center will be liable for the accidents and injuries on its premises. In some cases, there might be “third-party” liability instead of or in addition to the Barclays Center. A liable third-party might be a vendor, security company, cleaning crew, maintenance or repair company, employer, or individual spectator. In other situations, multiple parties may be liable for your injuries.
Each of these potentially liable parties has duties to the visitors who come to the arena.
For example, the Barclays Center has to exercise reasonable care to keep everyone on the premises safe. Cleaning crews have to keep the floors reasonably free of debris, while maintenance and repair companies are responsible for keeping equipment working correctly.
Security guards have a duty to keep crowds from becoming unruly. Spectators have to keep those around them reasonably safe as well by not endangering others.
When someone breaches one of these duties and accidents and injuries result, that party might be held liable to pay compensation to the victimin a claim for negligence, reckless or intentional acts.
To prove negligence, you must show:
- The party at fault owed a duty of care to the victim (The Barclay’s center owed a duty of care to visitors)
- The party at fault breached the duty of care (The Barclay’s center knew there were broken stairs in section 201 and did not fix them or put out a sign warning visitors of the danger)
- The victim suffered an injury (You have to pay for the ambulance, an ER visit, follow up doctor’s visits, and miss work for two weeks)
- The breach of duty was the proximate cause of your injury (You tripped on the broken stairs while walking down to your seat and hit your head, sustaining a concussion)
In order to have an actionable claim, you also need to have suffered damages. For example, if someone is clumsy, walks into you and knocks you over, but you are not injured, you do not have a claim for damages.
Determining liability can be tricky, especially when multiple parties might be involved. Our lawyers at the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., have the resources and experience to determine the cause of your accident, find out who was negligent, and seek compensation from all responsible parties.
What Can You Collect After an Accident at Barclays Center?
Proving negligence means that you might be entitled to substantial compensation. Every case is different, and the actual amount you can recover depends on various factors, such as the severity of your injury. You might be able to collect compensation for things like:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future income
- Renovations to your home to accommodate a disability
- Pain and suffering
- Assistive devices
- Physical therapy
What Should You Do After an Accident at Barclays Center?
Let management know of your injury. It is important that you report your accident to the management or arena owner. Sometimes, you will immediately get an offer to pay for your medical expenses in exchange for signing something waiving your right to sue.
If you can, take pictures of anything that might help prove the cause of your accident – debris on the ground, ice, water, a broken piece of equipment, or something that fell. If there are people around, get their names and phone numbers should you need them to recount what happened.
Consider speaking with our experienced injury lawyers before signing or accepting anything. You don’t want to waive your legal rights without understanding the extent of your injuries.
If you want to consider filing a personal injury claim against Barclays Center, call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C. We can seek to secure video footage from the accident or area where the accident occurred, speak to witnesses, and analyze any photographs that may exist to help prove negligence.
Call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C. For Help Filing a Claim Against Barclays Center
Our lawyers want to ensure that you collect the maximum amount of damages allowed when you get hurt at the Barclays Center. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Call our office, tell us what happened and let us determine who is at fault for your injuries. Together we can chart a course of action to help you collect the maximum amount of damages allowed by law.
Set up a free case evaluation by calling our Brooklyn personal injury accident lawyers at 800-560-0214.