Any situation involving a crowd heightens the risk of certain kinds of accidents, like falls. Concerts can create a variety of hazards, from spilled drinks and drunk patrons to crowd surfers and a show’s pyrotechnics. Someone who is seriously injured at a show may have several options for seeking compensation.
When considering whether to file a lawsuit, a key question is who bears responsibility for the injury. Every injury needs to be examined according to its unique facts and circumstances. Injuries at concerts often can be traced to several potentially liable parties:
- The venue. Businesses that are open to the public owe their patrons a high duty of care with respect to safety. If the venue failed to take reasonable steps to keep its premises safe, and the plaintiff was injured as a consequence, it might be an appropriate defendant. Injuries from damaged infrastructure, like a broken floor, are clear-cut examples where the venue’s premises liability likely will apply. Liability may also stick if the venue’s staff failed to take reasonable steps to assist the injured patron.
- The concert promoter or organizer. When the show itself caused the injury, the plaintiff may have a case against the company that organized it. Examples of this sort of injury might include injuries from negligently operated effects, or objects being thrown into the crowd.
- Other patrons. Some injuries at concerts are caused by another concertgoer. Someone who acts aggressively in a crowd can knock other people down. The challenge in such cases can be to identify the individual who caused the injury. In some cases, the venue may bear responsibility for intervening to stop dangerous behavior by patrons, especially if those behaviors were foreseeable.
In many cases it may be appropriate for the plaintiff to pursue litigation against more than one defendant. The plaintiff may not have all the necessary facts to know for certain who bears liability for the injury and will need the power of subpoena to build a complete picture. Perhaps one party has inadequate insurance or other resources to cover the full scope of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Because of the potential liability involved for concert-related injuries, venues or promoters may be quick to offer a settlement. People who are dealing with serious injuries may be tempted to take these offers without giving full consideration to how they will limit their legal options and, ultimately, the amount of compensation that can be recovered. Before accepting a settlement it’s important to speak to a personal injury attorney.
The law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has represented clients in personal injury cases for over 45 years. If you have been injured at a concert we are happy to provide a free attorney consultation about your case. Call us today at 702-388-4476 or through our contacts page.