HOUSTON Two football fans hit on the head by a falling aluminum panel during last Sunday s Texans game have hired the same attorney to investigate compensation and to receive assurances that the same accident won t happen again.
Scott Woodard, a season ticket holder who says he still plans to keep his seats in Section 115, complained that it took more than an hour for Reliant and Texans staff to secure him an ambulance ride to the hospital to get a dozen staples to close the gash in his head. The aluminum panel from a display board reportedly fell about 15 feet before it hit him and a second Texans fan.
Next thing I know something hit me. I thought it was a beer bottle because it felt hard. Then I checked my head and blood was pouring out everywhere, said Woodard.
Brian Black, seated two seats away from Woodard, only got a lump on the head and eventually returned to his seat to watch the game. But he is now represented by Houston attorney Brent Coon as well.
When you re in the heart of the Medical Center, in one of the biggest cities in the world, and you can t get any hospital treatment or an ambulance over for over an hour you know that doesn t bode well, said Coon who says he will file a temporary restraining order on Wednesday asking that Reliant and the Texans not destroy any evidence so that lawyers and independent experts can review it.
What was going through my mind was a little bit of shock that we couldn t get this done, said Woodard who says he has personally paid all of the medical bills related to the accident. I was kind of ready to get my head sewn up you know.
In a statement a Reliant spokesperson said they are working closely with the manufacturer of the display boards to make sure they are all secured and safe.
We are continuing to work with the manufacturer to determine what caused the panel to fall, but at this time it appears the cause may have been mischief.
Meanwhile at a news conference at their attorney s office, we asked the men bluntly if this is a money grab: if they have retained an attorney seeking a big payday after the accident.
No, said Woodard. I m pretty sure the same thing could happen again. So I d rather get if fixed, you know, so nobody else gets hurt.
Because both he and Black say they plan to keep their hard-to-get season tickets they will be in the same seats at the next Texas home game.
I ll bring my hard hat next time, joked Black.
Woodard says he has been offered additional tickets and field passes which he has refused, for now, until the matter of his injuries and medical expenses are cleared up.