Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News
Severin Sampson, a stagehand who was preparing for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLV then Cowboys Stadium in 2011, talks about his experience when he was hit by by falling ice from the stadium roof.
A man injured by falling ice at AT&T Stadium nearly three years ago says he doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt like him.
"I'm darn lucky to be alive,” said Severin Sampson, a stagehand who was preparing for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
Sampson said he was outside the stadium when a huge chunk of ice fell off the roof of what was then called Cowboys Stadium - now AT&T Stadium.
"The boulder was about the size of a Volkswagen and the sheet of ice behind the boulder was about as big as the infield,” he said. "And there was no way for me to get out from underneath it."
It fractured Sampson's skull, ruptured his eardrum, and injured his brain, he said.
He said he still hears constant ringing in his ear.
"The worst part is I'll never hear silence again,” Sampson said. “I will never, ever hear silence again."
Sampson has filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys and the stadium designers.
Cowboys spokesman Brett Daniels said the team had no comment on the case, which is set to go to trial in February 2014.
"I think all building owners with ice on their roofs need to make sure that people aren't going to get hit if that ice falls off,” said Sampson’s attorney Brian Butcher.
On Tuesday, workers were seen removing ice from the stadium’s roof after an ice storm that swept across North Texas.
Sampson says he doesn't want anyone else to get hurt.
"I don't want it to happen to anyone at the stadium or walking down a sidewalk,” he said.