In this session we will be discussing the Benejam v. Detroit Tigers, Inc. case. To prepare for the session review the following facts. To read the full case click here.
Plaintiff Alyssia M. Benejam, a young girl , attended a Tigers game with a friend and members of the friend's family and was seated quite close to the playing field along the third base line. The stadium was equipped with a net behind home plate, and the net extended part of the way down the first and third base lines. Although Alyssia was behind the net, she was injured when a player's bat broke and a fragment of it curved around the net. There was no evidence, and plaintiffs do not contend, that the fragment of the bat went through the net, that there was a hole in the net, or that the net was otherwise defective.
Plaintiff's sued the Tigers, claiming primarily that the net was insufficiently long and that warnings about the possibility of projectiles leaving the field were inadequate. The Tigers responded with motions before, during, and after trial arguing that, as a matter of law , plaintiffs could not or did not present any viable legal claim. Those motions were all denied by the trial court. Alyssia suffered crushed fingers as a result of the accident and the jury awarded plaintiffs noneconomic damages (past and future) totaling $917,000, lost earning capacity of $56,700 and $35,000 for past and future medical expenses. Damages are not at issue on appeal.
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 10:15am PST
To learn more about Sports Law purchase the text Sports Law from Cengage Learning.
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Llynette Bealer has 20 years experience including working as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Junior Achievement of San Diego and various Business Improvement Districts in San Diego, CA. She has worked in mortgage bankruptcy for Chase Home Finance and various law firms.