Fans who fell from FedEx Field stands deny being offered on-site medical attention

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The worst stadium in the NFL (by far) lived up to its reputation/reality on Sunday, when a railing gave way and nearly wiped out Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Hurts was lucky. Others weren’t. They fell to the ground. While none suffered serious harm, injuries occurred.

There’s also a dispute as to whether FedEx Field officials offered medical assistance to those who fell. Said the Washington Football Team on Sunday night, “To our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord. We’re very glad no one appears to have been seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost importance and we are looking into what occurred.”

One of the fans who fell disputed that contention.

“They didn’t ask if anyone was hurt, and they sure as hell didn’t ask if anybody needed medical attention,” Andrew Collins told Tim McManus of ESPN.com. “The only thing the staff said to us was to get the F off the field.”

Mike Naimoli agreed with that assessment, calling the statement from the team “completely incorrect.” Per McManus, Naimoli claims the fans were told this: “‘Everybody get the F off the field,’ and [they] quickly grabbed us away from Jalen and shooed us up into the stands.”

McManus reports that Prince George’s County EMS personnel treated those who needed medical attention. One media member was carted off. McManus adds that one fan suffered a cervical strain and a head injury, as well as elbow and knee contusions.

The league told McManus that it is investigating the situation, as it should. Whatever the reason for the collapse of the railing, it should not have happened. It’s a matter of basic safety engineering and risk assessment and elimination. And it’s probably not the first time that there had been concerns about the railing in that area as fans clamored to catch the attention of a player from the visiting team. (And, yes, there probably are emails about it.)

People complain about lawyers (until they need one, that is). But it’s litigation and the threat of litigation that forces companies to ensure the safety of products and the security places of public accommodation. While some companies overreact with warning labels that provoke ridicule of the lawyers who previously made those companies compensate victims of past harm arising from negligence or recklessness, the significant financial impact that can arise from liability for injuries to paying customers provides a clear incentive to keep people safe.

Ideally, those companies would be primarily motivated by doing the right thing. Far too often, that’s not enough. In this case, whatever fair payment must be made to those who were injured hopefully will prompt the powers that be to fix this problem before it happens again.

Or, better yet, to abandon the dump where Washington currently plays its home games.

42 responses to “Fans who fell from FedEx Field stands deny being offered on-site medical attention

  1. Or the fans were too heavy? Was funny how they all seemed pretty happy and shot selfies with Hurts, gave him high fives, etc.

  2. “ Or, better yet, to abandon the dump where Washington currently plays its home games.”

    You’re playing right into Snyder’s hands. This is what he wants. Don’t think for one second he isn’t intentionally withholding every nickel that would be used to maintain that place. He’s tried for years to get a new stadium and has been rebuffed in two states and one district. He will embarrass the region and league into giving in. Don’t give in!

  3. Dan Snyder is a disgusting excuse for an owner. Bezos can’t buy that team and use his newfound muscles to throw him out the window soon enough.

  4. “Denied being offered on-site medical attention?”

    Sounds about right for a Snyder operation…

  5. Same thing happened in San Diego (Stadium, ya know, the Murph) Spanos Family would not plug a nickel into Mission Valley. They got lucky with Uncle Stan. Danny Boy, the pipes are not calling for you Lad.

  6. They will eventually “abandon the dump”. But Snyder’s incompetence will turn the next stadium into a dump as well.

    He must have a lot of dirt on Goodell to still be allowed to own a franchise.

  7. “Or, better yet, to abandon the dump where Washington currently plays its home games.” – It could be worse, they could be playing in Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

  8. I’ve watched a game at that stadium. I’ve had better game day stadium experiences at Pee Wee games

  9. I couldn’t help but laugh at those silly intoxicated Philly fans when they all fell through that railing. Was just me?… there is a reason why you no longer see WFT (soon to be Redwolves) attend games at this stadium. Fans who go to FedEx field attend at their own risk. HTTRW! I can hear Ozzy Osborne’s “Bark at the Moon” playing now.

  10. If Bezos were the owner he would’ve had a new stadium delivered today with his Prime membership.

  11. “The worst stadium in the NFL (by far) lived up to its reputation/reality on Sunday, when a railing gave way and nearly wiped out Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts“.

    The railguard installation is the main thing here maybe it was installed correctly just to much pressure on it .

    1910.23(e)(5)(iv) The mounting of handrails shall be such that the completed structure is capable of
    withstanding a load of at least 200 pounds applied in any direction at any point on the rail.

  12. I’m torn on it….on one hand I feel like people are dumb for leaning so far out over railings like they were….on the other hand I feel like the stadium management should have either enforced keeping people off the rails or installed a rail that physically didn’t allow leaning like that (or could withstand it)

  13. The 90’s Los Angeles Clippers thank the WFT for displacing them as the worst franchise in professional sports.

  14. Or they were just overweight, obnoxious drunks. Play stupid games….

  15. touchback6 says:
    January 3, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Congress may want to force Snyder to sell now. Just a disgrace.

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    The moment Congress forces a private business owner to sell is the moment the disgrace will be on Congress and our country for allowing us to get to that point.

    The NFL forcing Synder to sell, on the other hand, would be cause for celebration.

  16. It wasn’t a load-bearing railing. The area they were IN, was reserved for wheelchairs, and the people who would push them. The railing was more to keep wheelchairs from rolling off, NOT holding up dozens of people (you can argue about the logic of that last part, but the thing wasn’t designed for what transpired)

  17. The vultures i mean lawyers will circle and they will make alot of money and leave the fans who sue with nothing but expensive lawyer fees

  18. The report I read said the railing had collapsed previously and was currently being held up with zip ties. Idk if any of you ever worked with zip ties, but they wouldn’t hold the weight of a person in a wheelchair either. I know most of you are having fun with this, but the truth is they should sue. And if it is t a place for fans, they should have security making sure people aren’t there. Another lapse in judgement on the teams part. Ever been to a stadium that doesn’t have security surrounding the tunnel? Me neither.

  19. The blame for this falls on the WTF for allowing fans in that area who shouldn’t have been there, and for handling the situation like incompetent hacks after the collapse happened.

    And I agree completely – Snyder LOVES that this happened, and probably will welcome any lawsuits because it’s all fodder for a push for a new stadium.

  20. So, some of the commenters on this feel it was the fans fault that they fell through inadequate railing at the stadium. Get a clue, folks…

  21. I bet Danny saved a whopping 37 cents by going cheap.
    He created a liability.

    Time to retire Darrell green’s jersey to distract from the latest series of never ending calamities

  22. they were allowed in a handicapped area somehow – eff those fans – an Eagles fan BTW –

  23. touchback6 says:
    January 3, 2022 at 10:44 pm
    Congress may want to force Snyder to sell now. Just a disgrace.

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    Thats not how that works. (Thankfully)

  24. eaglesfanalways says:
    January 4, 2022 at 9:28 am
    So, some of the commenters on this feel it was the fans fault that they fell through inadequate railing at the stadium. Get a clue, folks…

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    Correct that most people think the fans swarming the handicapped section to get to that railing was in fact the fault of the people that did it. That was the event that led to this. Any season ticket holders involved should lose the seats they don’t stay in anyhow.

  25. Looking at the video about the bleachers falling and who’s at fault, I think the fans bear a reasonable amount of fault. Handrails by code are designed to withstand up to 200 lbs of weight from a person falling into it. Not x amount of people pushing it over. If that is the case, then look at all the handrails at high schools. Most are designed the same way to support up to 200 lbs. There is nothing that will hold a group of people pushing or leaning on something when their leaning weight exceeds 200 lbs. Remember this is by code.
    Also to take it a step further, look at your very own deck on your house. The handrails / guardrails are only designed to withstand up to 200 lbs of force. So if you invite a group of people to your house and they all decide to lean on the rail and it falls over, are you going to automatically accept the responsibility and pay for everyone’s injuries. I would argue that those that fell violated what the intended purposes are for handrails / guardrails. They are to protect from a single person falling against the rail, not a group of people pushing it over. They would have to share a lot of the responsibility for their own injuries. Now if the rails were in bad shape and not maintained and couldn’t support up to 200 lbs. of force, then the responsibility definitely should fall on the property owner. Now with that said, I am happy that no one suffered any serious injuries.

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