Fans sue Washington Commanders after FedEx field railing collapses

Four people were injured in a game at FedEx Field because collapse a railing On Friday, Washington sued the commanders and three other defendants, each seeking an award of more than $75,000.

According to the complaint filed in the US District Court of Maryland, the four plaintiffs — New Jersey residents Michael Namoli, Morgan French, Andrew Collins and Marisa Santarlasi — are still receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained by the fall on Jan. To demand compensatory damages for their injuries, loss of income and medical expenses, as well as punitive damages in such amount as may be determined by the court.

Commanders at WFI Stadium, Inc. is named as defendant with, the corporation led by Daniel Snyder that owns FedEx Field; Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), which provides security and launches in the FedEx field; & Company do, a group of subcontractors believed to offer design and maintenance services for the facility, according to the complaint.

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The plaintiffs claim they suffered injuries that included muscle strains, bone bruises, headaches, cuts and other “potential long-term effects, both physical and emotional.”

Commanders and the NFL declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The incident occurred when most of the fans and players left FedEx Field after Washington lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had just completed the on-field interview and was on his way back through the North Tunnel toward the visitors’ locker room. Crowds of fans awaited him in the tunnel, many leaning against the railing. As Hearts passed, the railing fell to the ground with several fans, and the quarterback walked over to the side to avoid injury. He stayed behind to help those who fell.

A team spokesman said that evening that the area was an ADA-accessible section of the stadium. It’s designed to hold up to six people in a wheelchair and their companions, but doesn’t have a large contingent of fans.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs not only “sought and obtained permission” from the CSC before entering the area around the tunnel, but they were also directed to the railing from where the players filtered to go to the locker room. They claim there was no sign or warning of a safety hazard, and they fell five to 10 feet.

“To our knowledge, all those involved were offered an on-site medical evaluation and left the stadium,” a team official said on the evening of January 2. “We are very pleased that no one was seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of paramount importance, and we are looking into what happened.”

A team spokesman said Washington was in contact with the league and was conducting a full investigation. The spokesman also said that responders to Prince George’s County EMS were on the scene within five minutes to assist those requesting a medical evaluation and that two people were treated.

The plaintiffs, however, allege that they were “physically and forcefully directed and locked back on the wall” and instructed by CSC to “pull the f— out of the stadium”. They also claim that any suggestion that anyone was injured in the incident or that appropriate action may be taken by stadium representatives is “absolutely false”.

“It was all avoidable,” said plaintiff’s attorney Robert D. Sokolov said. “What can stop these defendants from doing this over and over again until they are taught a lesson?”

Hurts two days after railing fell sent a letter to the NFL and the team regarding their intended follow-up to the event. Hurts shared his concerns about safety and requested to know what safety measures would be taken to prevent another collapse. A spokesman for the team said Washington President Jason Wright responded to Hurts via email.

“While I showed a calm restraint, I understand the gravity of what happened and am deeply concerned for the well-being of fans and the media,” Hurts wrote. “As a result, I’d like to know what safety measures the NFL and the Washington football team are implementing to prevent this from happening in the future.”

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