Concerts are a time of celebration and community as everyone sings along to their favorite songs from their favorite band. We expect these nights to come with a sense of freedom, fun, and enjoyment, but what happens when you end up injured at a concert?
Many different variables to consider when an incident occurs during a concert, but if it happens to you or a loved one, let Hoffman Law Firm help you get the compensation you deserve. Read on to learn more.
What to Do If Your Injured at a Concert Venue (5 Steps)
Step 1: Seek medical attention.
Step 2: Call 911 and file police report while at the scene.
Step 3: Report incident to management as soon as possible.
Step 4: Gather evidence of incident and store it for your injury case.
Step 5: Hire a skilled personal injury attorney to address guilty parties, venue management and their insurance company on your behalf.
How to Prevent an Injury at a Concert Venue
In order to have a great time listening to your favorite artists, help yourself by being diligent about your safety.
- Wear good shoes: Going to a concert means encountering a large crowd. Wear closed-toe shoes to help protect your feet and toes, and if you can, wear non-slip shoes to avoid a slip and fall injury.
- Use the buddy system: When attending a concert, it’s best to go with friends. This can help you stay protected from criminals seeking out lone concert attendees and avoid getting lost.
- Arrive early: Getting to the venue early will help you get a well-lit parking spot, have time to properly stow away any valuables, and get to your seat to establish your surroundings before the crowd shows up.
- Pay attention to your surroundings: Whether it be a sudden step-up in the floor, your concert seat neighbors, or taking in nearby emergency exits, always be aware of your surroundings. This way, you can locate potentially hazardous situations, like a suspicious person or a safety hazard, and alert the proper authorities. If you see something, say something!
- Follow the venue’s rules: The venue’s rules aren’t there to keep you from having fun, they’re simply there to keep you safe while you enjoy the show. Neglecting to follow the venue’s rules can lead to injury or create a safety hazard for other concertgoers.
- Keep an eye on your drinks: Whether or not you’re drinking alcohol, never leave your drink unattended to avoid having someone slip a sedative or other drug into your drink.
- It’s okay to leave: We know you spent a lot of money to be there, but if something doesn’t feel right, it’s okay to leave. If things get too rowdy or you begin to feel uncomfortable, trust your gut and go home.
Common Concert Injuries
Concerts are typically a fun social event and not where you would expect to get injured at a concert. But, it honestly happen more often than you think.
At both concert venues and music festivals, there are a few different types of common injuries that can occur.
- Broken bones: Broken bones can occur at concerts or festivals from being trampled, crowd surfing, moshing, or falling.
- Heat injuries: With many popular concerts and festivals taking place outdoors, heat exhaustion or heat stroke is common. Some music lovers may not expect high heat or come prepared with all-day sun protection.
- Dehydration: Just like with heat injuries, dehydration is common for outdoor concert venues and music festivals. Between high heat and alcohol consumption, many end up feeling flushed or passing out due to a lack of water.
- Drinking/drug-related: Excessive drinking and illegal drug use is unfortunately common at concerts and music festivals, which can often lead to injury or illness. These injuries or illnesses could include dehydration, broken bones, throwing up, passing out, or even overdose, in extreme cases.
Who is Liable?
Concert venues have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for its patrons. If you were injured while attending a concert, the organizers of the event are most likely the ones liable.
Often, the organization putting on the show is different than the actual venue itself, but when concert promoters use the venue, they assume responsibility to acknowledge potential risks. Music festivals, venues, concert promoters, and security companies hired for the event, all have an obligation to respond appropriately to any incident that could affect the safety of the patrons.
Even with the assumed responsibility of the involved parties, each case is unique. Certain situations will point to different parts of the operation as the liable party, so it’s important to seek legal help to better understand your case.
Contact Hoffman Law Firm
Concerts are supposed to be an enjoyable time full of entertainment, but sometimes, accidents happen. If you are considering filing a case due to an injury at a concert venue, our personal injury lawyers will be glad to help.
Plus, you only pay us if we win your case.
Located in Charleston, SC, we support accident victims throughout the Palmetto State. Attorney David Hoffman and our personal injury lawyers here at Hoffman Law Firm have extensive experience handling a wide variety of cases. Trust us, we have established a reputation for success, as well as great service!
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