Tragedy struck at the Georgia Dome over Labor Day weekend. Isaac Grubb, 20, died of injuries sustained from falling from the 45-foot-high upper deck. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Grubb was attending the Georgia Dome to watch the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the opening college football game of the season. Grub was apparently celebrating a Tennessee touchdown when he inadvertently fell over the rail.
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Grubb fell from the upper deck at 8:23 p.m. on Friday night. Since the fall, there has been some controversy as to whether EMTs arrived on the scene quick enough. “He was just laying there between rows. It took like 15 minutes for the medical workers to get there,” said William Fossett, a Tennessee fan in attendance, in recent reports. Jennifer LeMaster, spokeswoman for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, reportedly stated that EMTs arrived to help Grubb immediately after his fall. LeMaster claims Georgia Dome EMTs arrived at 8:24 p.m. just one minute after the fall. Additionally, a witness claimed to have seen Grub drinking on the premises at 5p.m. The GWCC have disputed this claim as well, stating that they never serve minors and “have extensive training” about when to cut off a person’s drinking.
Grubb’s fall is the second fatal fall at a football game in the past week. Last week, a 25-year-old man fell 60 feet to his death at Reliant Stadium in Houston during a Texans preseason game. Sadly, there are a couple cases of fans falling in stadiums every year. Last summer, a fan in Arlington fell to his death after reaching too far over the railing for a ball that Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton threw to him.
In private establishments such as sports stadiums, it’s important that the owners take the proper precautions to prevent accidents, warn the public of potential dangers, and be capable of quickly responding to any kind of incident or injury. Unfortunately, some establishments fail in their duty to the public by not warning or protecting their customers. If you or someone you love has been injured on private property because of the negligence of the property owner, you may be able to file a claim for any medical bills or pain and suffering incurred. At Morgan & Morgan, our experienced premises liability lawyers will do their best to seek maximum compensation on your behalf.