Lack of Adequate Warning Label for Bleachers Causes Inquiry


This case involves an injury to a child due to an inappropriate label. The plaintiff, a five-year-old male, was attending a high school football game. The field had a set of bleachers, which were supported by large metal frames that could be climbed on. The plaintiff, in order to get a better view, began climbing the back of the bleachers. As he was ascending the bleachers, he fell and sustained a broken arm. There was no warning label located near the area where it was possible to climb the bleachers. It was located on the other side of the sideline but was not visible from the location where the plaintiff started climbing.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Was the warning label adequate?

Expert Witness Response E-004690

The first question I would ask is why wasn’t there supervision for a school function? Second, there should have been a warning on the bleacher in question. I am highly experienced with recreational and athletic activities, having worked in this field my entire career. I have investigated other sports and recreation equipment assembly/supervision injuries.

Expert Witness Response E-004737

There are certain written codes that schools have to follow and bleacher companies are supposed to familiarize themselves with those codes so that the bleachers that they are selling are safe and up to par. There should have been a better warning system so that the chance of someone getting injured is reduced. I have been involved with sports and recreation both locally and on state-level all throughout my career. Further, I am currently a member of various sports-related associations and I am a certified forensic examiner.

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