Contact Form Contact Form

Torts in Wrestling

Torts in Wrestling


Injuries may occur to both spectators and wrestlers at a wrestling match. An injured party may  recover damages in a negligence action against the premises owner.






An owner of a wrestling ring or other premises in which wrestling matches occur owes a duty to use ordinary care to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition and to provide a safe viewing area. This duty includes inspecting and maintaining in good repair the seats or bleachers in which spectators view the matches. The owner may be found negligent if seats collapse or fall over when spectators stand on them or if seats are placed too close to the ring and in harm’s way if a wrestler is thrown from the ring.



There is a potential that a promoter of a match may be liable for a spectator’s injuries caused by one wrestler throwing another out of the ring or by a wrestler assaulting the spectator.






An owner must maintain the wrestling ring in a reasonably safe condition for the wrestlers. This duty may include inspecting the floor and the ropes around the ring to ensure that they maintain a certain amount of flexibility. For non-professional wrestlers, such as students, certain parties, including school districts and teachers may be held liable for negligent supervision of wrestlers who become injured.






A spectator at a wrestling match assumes the ordinary risks of viewing a match. However, he usually will not be held to have assumed the risk that a wrestler will throw another out of the ring into the audience unless he is aware from his experience that such an occurrence is likely. A spectator who is injured by wrestlers may not be permitted to recover if he is contributorily negligent by approaching the ring during the match or sitting in an exposed seat next to the ring in which he was not permitted to sit.



A wrestler assumes the risk that he may be injured by another wrestler, but he does not assume the risk that he will be injured by small, foreign objects left on the ring floor or by side ropes that snap upon contact.

Copyright 2012 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Recent Blog Posts

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

According to statistics, incidents of motorcycle accidents have been on the rise since 2006. Cycling accidents may cause serious injury or death and are often the result of one of the following circumstances: Car operator turns in front of the bike If the operator of a motorized vehicle fails to accurately judge a cyclist’s speed […]

Cell Phone Manufacturers Walk a Fine Line between Social and Personal Responsibility – Car accident lawyers

 Cell Phone Manufacturers Walk a Fine Line between Social and Personal Responsibility – Car Accident Lawyers Ward & Ward Law Firm Pressure is being put on cell phone manufacturers to include “lock-out” technology in their mobile devices to prevent drivers from accessing certain features while driving. Who bears the responsibility for car accident injuries and […]

Indiana Personal Injury Attorney Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©

Ward & Ward Law Firm Announces Partner in Personal Injury Law Firm is Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America Indianapolis personal injury attorney, wrongful death attorney and medical malpractice attorney, Charlie Ward, has been selected by his peers for inclusion into the 23rd annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America© Indianapolis, Indiana […]

Indiana Legislation Relating to Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims Declared Unconstitutional

Victims of latent asbestos related diseases have reason for hope after Indiana’s State Supreme Court Ruling What is a product liability claim? A product liability claim seeks to hold miners, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others along the commerce and distribution chain, responsible for the personal injury and wrongful death caused by dangerous and defective products, […]

Ward & Ward Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys Receive Award from

Ward & Ward Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers Receive Prestigious Award from Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis2016 The attorneys at Ward & Ward Law Firm have been recognized by as 2016Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis. connects people in every U.S. city with qualified experts from their own communities. The Seattle based […]