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A Guide For Victims of Concert Injuries

While most concerts and music festivals go off without a hitch, occasionally, a preventable accident causes a fan to suffer serious injury. In the event of a concert accident, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your injuries. However, it is important that you understand your rights and how to effectively pursue these claims. At the law firm of Console & Associates, P.C., our dedicated personal injury lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping accident victims recover the compensation they need and deserve.

Console & Associates, P.C. offers free, no-obligation consultations to all accident victims, during which we will answer your questions and provide you with an overview of the process. We will also listen attentively to you and provide you with your legal options.

Causes of Concert Injuries

A concert is a great way to experience music. However, all music venues and festivals present certain risks to fans. Some of the most common types of concert and music festival injuries include:

Trampling Injuries

When an artist gets ready to take the stage, it’s common for the crowd to rush forward in hopes of getting as close as possible. However, an unsuspecting fan can easily get caught off-guard, causing them to fall to the ground. Once on the ground, a concert-goer is extremely vulnerable, and there is little any one person can do to help them up. Concert goers who are trampled often suffer extremely serious injuries, including broken bones and head injuries, and also face the risk of suffocation.

Crowd Surfing Injuries

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, crowd surfing is when a concert goer climbs or is lifted atop the crowd. The crowd then collectively holds the airborne fan up, usually pushing them towards the stage. While crowd surfing is popular, especially among younger fans, it is also incredibly dangerous to both the crowd surfer and other members of the crowd.

Mosh Pit Injuries

Mosh pits are a punk-rock staple, as well as one of the most dangerous aspects of a concert. “Moshing” is essentially an aggressive form of dance or movement where fans push or slam themselves into others in the mosh pit. While there are unspoken rules about what shouldn’t take place in a mosh pit, excited fans who get carried away may cross the line into being violent.

Intentional Acts of Violence

Many concert injuries are the result of other fans’ aggressive, violent and illegal actions. For example, shootings, stabbings, and fistfights routinely occur at many concerts.

These are just a few of the most common causes of concert injuries; other common causes of injury include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Pyrotechnic accidents
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Falling objects

 Regardless of the cause of your injuries, the knowledgeable attorneys at Console & Associates, P.C. can help you determine the best approach to bringing your case.

Who Is Liable After a Concert Accident?

If you were hurt while attending a concert, the individuals and businesses who organized and put on the concert or festival may be liable for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. This is even the case if your injuries were caused by the recklessness or negligence of other concert goers. As a general rule, the businesses that organize and present a concert or music festival have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for guests. While these businesses don’t necessarily need to guarantee your safety while at their event, they must take the necessary steps to address known dangers. For example, music venues must provide security personnel and have emergency medical technicians on-site. Additionally, those overseeing a concert or music festival have an obligation to respond quickly and appropriately to any incident that jeopardizes the safety of guests, which may require them to stop the show to attend to an injured fan.

The following parties may be liable following a concert injury:

  • Music venues (stadiums, theaters, property owners, churches, warehouses, etc.)
  • Concert promoters (Live Nation, C3, AEG Live, etc.)
  • Music festivals (Astroworld, Coachella, Burning Man, Austin City Limits, Summer Fest, and Lollapalooza)
  • Security companies

While each of these parties may be liable following a concert accident, these cases are very fact-specific. For example, in some situations, the music venue is responsible for providing security, while in others, the artist or concert promoter takes on this duty. It is imperative that anyone who was injured while attending a concert reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer for assistance in preparing their claim.

Injured Concert Goers May Be Entitled to Recover Monetary Damages

The purpose of bringing a concert injury lawsuit is twofold. First, by holding negligent venues, promoters and artists accountable, you encourage them to create a safer experience for future guests. Second, if you successfully bring a concert accident lawsuit, you are entitled to money damages.

The damages that are available following a successful concert injury claim depends on the state where the accident occurred. However, for the most part, states permit accident victims to recover for their economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages include the out-of-pocket expenses you were forced to pay as a result of your injuries, as well as any money that you would otherwise have earned but for your injuries. Common types of economic damages include compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills,
  • Future medical expenses,
  • Lost wages,
  • Decrease in earning capacity, and
  • Rehabilitation costs.

Non-economic damages compensate you for your emotional and psychological injuries. Because accidents impact peoples’ lives in very different ways, non-economic damages are more subjective. For example, what activities did you used to enjoy that you can no longer engage in because of your injuries? Did you miss out on any important family milestones or events? Are you currently living with physical limitations of ongoing pain? These are the questions your concert liability attorney will ask you when assessing your non-economic damages.

Were You Injured at a Concert or Music Festival?

If you or a loved one was recently hurt while attending a concert or music festival, reach out to the dedicated personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Console & Associates, P.C. At Console & Associates, P.C., we are here to answer your questions and help you in any way we can. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have developed a reputation for being compassionate advocates who fight on behalf of our clients at every stage of the process. We recognize the challenges you face in the wake of a serious accident and want to make your recovery as smooth as possible. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a concert liability lawyer today, call 866-778-5500 today. You can also connect with us through our secure online contact form.