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Pennsylvania case of being injured on someone else's property

The decision for the defendants in a case where a person was injured on someone else's property has been upheld by the state court after an appeal was made by the plaintiff on the original decision. The original decision was handed down in a trial in the Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court. This case of being injured on someone else's property granted that athletic sponsors of youth leagues are not to be held liable by spectators who are injured at sporting events.

The plaintiffs, a couple who had attended a local youth league baseball game, were seeking to file suit against the teams who were playing the game they attended. An overthrown ball hit the wife in the face at a point not long after the game began. According to a report, there were no bleachers where the family could sit to watch the game, and they had to sit on blankets along the side of the field. They wanted the no duty rule to be thrown out in their particular case, as they say it should not apply to an event where tickets were not sold and where there was no spectator protection such as a fence or net to provide safety to fans.

The defendant claimed that it is usual and should be expected for baseballs to be wildly thrown or hit during the game, and no warning on their part should have been required. The judge reiterated that the plaintiffs should have known the risk of injury upon attending the baseball game. He also said that they had no witnesses with expertise in liability to support their claim, making their no duty rule request unsubstantiated.

For Pennsylvania residents who have been served with a suit after being injured on someone else's property or have a suit to file, there are options on how to handle such a case. The victim could be either a plaintiff or a defendant and has rights to a defense under the law. Conducting research into the specifics of a case may be required to ensure the best defense possible.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Youth baseball league not liable for facial injuries from errant ball, Pa. Superior Court panel rules, Jon Campisi, Jan. 6, 2014

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