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Family sues stadium over man's fatal fall

Georgia football fans may have heard that the family of a man who fell to his death at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High is suing the stadium and others for wrongful death damages. The complaint was filed in Denver on Oct. 24, exactly one year after the incident occurred.

According to media accounts, the victim, age 36, was sitting on a fire escape railing during a Denver Broncos football game when he slipped and fell 60 feet to the floor below. He suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries to his head, neck and torso and died the next day. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the victim's widow and five children, claims that the fire escape did not have uniform railings and steps and was, therefore, unsafe for use by stadium patrons.

Metropolitan Football Stadium District, Stadium Management Company and several other entities are named as defendants in the case. The lawsuit seeks compensation for the victim's lost earnings and his family's pain and suffering.

Stadium owners are required by law to maintain a safe environment for patrons and visitors. People who are injured while on stadium property due to a hazardous condition may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit against the stadium's owners and management. Possible damages sought in such a suit could include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other applicable amounts. The victims might find it advisable to have legal assistance during the process.

Source: The Denver Post, "A man fell to his death at Mile High; now his family is suing the stadium district", Kirk Mitchell, Oct. 26, 2017

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