Eagles fans file lawsuit against Commanders claiming injuries when railing collapsed at FedEx Field

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Four Philadelphia Eagles fans who claim they were injured when a railing at FedEx Field collapsed filed a lawsuit against the Washington Commanders Tuesday.

As if the Commanders weren’t in enough legal trouble, the new suit says the fans were injured when they were trying to congratulate quarterback Jalen Hurts after a victory and the railing broke, causing them to fall to the ground.

Jalen Hurts (1) of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with fans following a 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md.
(Getty Images)

One team official told ESPN after the January incident that the area that collapsed was designed for people with disabilities and was made to only hold six people in wheelchairs, plus one person accompanying each of those six. 

Bob Sokolove, a lawyer for the alleged victims, said stadium staff didn’t stop anybody from entering the area and leaning on the railing. The railing was reportedly held together with a zip tie.

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“It’s beyond negligent to skimp on a safety measure in such a high-visibility, high-trafficked area,” Sokolove said. “Whether it’s an NCAA game or a pro basketball game or the NFL, everybody comes to the tunnel where the players are coming out. The weight of everyone pushing forward to get a high-five or a wristband or whatever puts even more pressure on what otherwise were pathetic railings.”

At the time, the Commanders released a statement that said no one had been seriously injured, and “to our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord.”

The fans called that “patently false,” and each is seeking $75,000 for loss of income, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with fans who fell onto the ground after a railing collapsed following a 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field Jan. 2, 2022 in Landover, Md.

Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with fans who fell onto the ground after a railing collapsed following a 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field Jan. 2, 2022 in Landover, Md.
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Some of the injuries they allegedly suffered include cervical strains, muscle strains, bone contusions, cuts, headaches and “other potential long-term effects, both physical and emotional,” according to ESPN.

Fans fall onto Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) after the railing collapsed at the end of a game Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md.

Fans fall onto Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) after the railing collapsed at the end of a game Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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“I’m just happy everybody is safe from it. That’s crazy stuff right there,” Hurts said after that game. “That was a real dangerous situation. I’m just so happy everybody bounced back from it, it seemed like. Passionate Eagles fans. I love it.”

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