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Toddler Injured in Fall from Balcony at American Airlines Center

08012014The General Manager of the American Airlines Center and has released statements regarding an accident involving a toddler at a July 30 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show.

According to AAC General Manager Dave Brown, a two-year-old girl and her parents were leaving their seats during intermission in the 200 level when the girl slipped from her father’s hands. According to reports, witnesses say it seemed that her father tripped or lost control when she fell to the Plaza Level below.

Reports state that the girl was unconscious at first, but witnesses reported hearing crying as paramedics attended to her injuries. She was transported to Children’s Medical Center and is reportedly listed in critical condition. The family has since released a statement of their own, thanking the good Samaritans and professionals who came to their aid, and reassuring the public that their daughter was recovering well in the ICU.

Safety can be compromised easily during public events at sports arenas and event centers due to the large volume of attendees. These facilities must take security and safety precautions to ensure guests are safe throughout any event. If the facility has safety hazards such as slippery walkways, broken stair rails, or loose fixtures, a patron can become injured during high traffic periods before and after performances.

While it’s not clear in this case if any party was negligent, injuries that occur at a public arena may be related to the facility’s failure to keep the premises in good repair and free of hazards. Assault or other criminal actions may also fall under personal injury liability if the center fails to provide adequate security to keep guests safe from unruly spectators or bystanders.

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