A Canadian man who was injured while trying to break up a fight at a Buffalo Bills football game is asking a judge to order the team to provide video footage and other information to help him identify potential defendants in a lawsuit seeking damages for his injuries.
Joshua Douglas, who lives in Ontario, Canada, filed a petition Friday in state Supreme Court in Buffalo, asking the court to compel the Buffalo Bills Inc. to provide the requested material.
On Dec. 8, 2019, Douglas attended the game between the Bills and the Baltimore Ravens at what was then called New Era Field in Orchard Park, Erie County. The Bills lost 24-17.
According to the petition filed by Douglas’s attorney, Zachary Dragonette, a fight broke out at the game between people Douglas attended the game with and other people he didn’t know.
“I did not participate in the fight, but instead attempted to intervene and stop the fighting,” Douglas wrote in the petition.
“Unfortunately, as I attempted to de-escalate the situation I was seriously injured when I was pushed or shoved while trying to restrain one or more individuals,” he wrote.
“I did not see who caused me to be pushed and then fall face first,” he wrote.
Douglas suffered a compound fracture of his left jawbone. He was hospitalized for a week after having surgery and his jaw was wired shut for six weeks, according to the petition.
Dragonette believes the Buffalo Bills might have “surveillance footage and other materials that will enable me to identify the potential defendants and prepare a complaint for me to recovery for my injuries,” Douglas wrote in the petition.
According to the petition, video of the incident and other materials have already been shared with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Douglas also is seeking the name of the company that provided security at the football game, along with the name and contact information for a representative of the company and the names of the individuals assigned to work in the area of the fight.
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