Madison Square Garden Injury Lawyers
There is no place more popular in New York City than Madison Square Garden to catch a sporting event, concert, or show. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Garden is home to the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers. Thousands of spectators visit the Garden every day, which can create a real threat of injury for visitors.
If you or a loved one suffered injury while visiting Madison Square Garden, you may be entitled to compensation. Claims against the Garden can be complicated, but you can — and should — enlist the help of a Madison Square Garden accident and injury lawyer. Call today.
Causes and Types of Accidents that Happen at Madison Square Garden
It is no surprise that accidents can and do happen at Madison Square Garden, considering the flights of stairs, large crowds, tight spaces, and dim lighting.
Injuries from these accidents can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious, life-threatening injuries.
The most common types of injuries that occur at Madison Square Garden include:
Elevator and Escalator Accidents:
It is nearly impossible to avoid using elevators, escalators, or wheelchair lifts while visiting Madison Square Garden. Improper maintenance or defective parts could cause serious accidents.
Arenas are notorious for high ceilings and rowdy crowds. Whether the falling object is signage or lighting fixtures from the rafters or thrown objects like a bottle from the crowds, serious head injuries can result from falling objects.
Slip or Trip and Falls:
There can be many causes of a slip or trip and fall at Madison Square Garden, including:
- Concession stands and dining areas floors slippery from spilled drinks or food.
- Standing water near entrances and exits due to rainy or snowy weather.
- Floors over-waxed with slippery polish.
- Rips in carpeting, uneven or cracked pavement.
- Ice accumulation on sidewalks.
- Dim lighting in walkways or stairwells
Madison Square Garden has a duty to keep the arena — both inside and outside — free of dangerous conditions that could lead to slip or trip and fall accidents.
Assaults can happen when crowds get too rowdy, especially if alcohol is involved.
While Madison Square Garden has a basic duty to prevent these kinds of accidents by providing security and crowd control, you would likely hold the assaulter liable.
Who is liable for my accident at Madison Square Garden?
Under New York’s negligence law, the owners and managers of Madison Square Garden have a duty to:
- Keep visitors safe from unreasonable harm
- Warn visitors about unavoidable dangerous conditions
- Remove dangerous conditions as soon as possible
However, this does not mean the Arena is solely liable — or liable at all in some cases.
Liability for your injury will depend on the circumstances of your accident.
Madison Square Garden may be liable if it was responsible for the dangerous condition or negligent action that led to your injury.
However, third parties such as concession stand managers, maintenance and cleaning crews, other property owners, or other visitors may have caused the dangerous condition. In some cases, more than one party could be at fault.
For example, if a maintenance crew neglected to maintain an elevator at the Garden, it would likely be primarily liable for your injuries. If Madison Square Garden knew the crew was not maintaining the elevator and still allowed visitors to use it, the Arena could be secondarily liable.
In every case, you will need to prove negligence. This means that you must prove:
- The party at fault had a duty of care to provide you with a safe visit to Madison Square Garden
- The at-fault party breached that duty
- The at-fault party’s actions directly caused your injury
- Your injury is measurable in damages
Determining who to sue can be complicated. Our Long Island club and concert accident lawyers examine every case to ensure that we know every potentially liable party. We ensure that you are filing against the right party(s) and that your evidence gives you the best chance of recovering compensation.
Evidence to Collect After an Accident at Madison Square Garden
Proving negligence or the existence of a dangerous condition at Madison Square Garden after an accident can be difficult. Once you have reported the incident to the appropriate parties (e.g., property owner, manager, etc.) and received medical care, you need to begin collecting evidence, such as:
- Eyewitness testimony and contact information
- The incident report
- Medical reports and paperwork detailing your injuries
- Photographs of the dangerous condition that caused your accident
- Surveillance footage from the arena
- Contact information of anyone else involved in the accident, including arena employees on duty at the time
The at-fault party’s insurer may try to claim that your injuries and damages are not substantial enough to warrant payment. It may claim that you are exaggerating or faking your injuries or that the at-fault party did not cause them.
We will use the evidence we have gathered to prove the liable party’s negligent actions were the direct cause of your injuries and suffering.
Our attorneys will work with medical and financial experts to prove what you have lost — more importantly, what the at-fault party(s) owes you.
You Can Recover Damages for Your Injuries
If you are able to prove negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages (both past and future), loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Do not try to take on Madison Square Garden or another third party alone. Give yourself the best chance of success and go with the legal team at Goldstein & Bashner.
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