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Injured at a Concert? You May Need a Lawsuit to Get Justice

By Lependorf & Silverstein on September 27, 2018

Summer is leveling out, and with the nice weather comes time for outdoor concerts and sporting events. Most of the time, going to a music show or a baseball game leads to pure enjoyment, but there are unfortunate times when fans are injured.

Some injuries can be more common at certain types of events. For example, during a concert, people can get trampled on quite easily. A fan might be injured by the show’s special effects, or by things falling off the stage.

When you go to a concert, you expect an unforgettable performance, but you don’t expect to be hospitalized and scarred for life. But in some cases, that’s exactly was happens. In 2017, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd was sued by a fan who claimed he suffered permanent disfigurement from a water bottle they threw into the crowd during the show. The fan claimed the bottle ripped a chunk of his face off, and he had to be immediately hospitalized.

What Should You Do If You’re Injured at a Venue?

Being injured while trying to enjoy yourself can come as a shock. You might be confused and not know what to do or how to proceed. You might be too shaken up to think logically. If anything like that happens to you, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Get medical help immediately. Having a doctor to look you over and officially document your injuries will play an important part in having a solid case in the event that you decide to pursue a lawsuit.
  • Have someone take pictures. Since people rarely go to concerts alone (and without their phones), have your friends or family members take pictures of your injuries, the scene, witness information, and any other details of the actual date and time.
  • Write down what happened to you in detail. In the following days, you may forget the actual turn of events. You should write everything down while it’s fresh in your memory. Contact witnesses and get their evidence. Doing this will strengthen your case if you decide to sue the venue.
  • Gather all evidence, such as camera surveillance footage from the venue itself, or footage shot by those near you on their phones. This part may be tricky, so talk with an attorney about the best way to go about getting surveillance footage.

Who Might Be Responsible?

Whether or not you have a legal claim depends on the type of injury you sustain. If someone bumps into you, but it just bruises your shoulder, you probably don’t have a case. On the other hand, if you are pushed and hit your head on the ground, suffering a brain injury that causes you medical bills and lost wages, you probably do have a case.

The circumstances that led to your accident will also play a part. Did you have a few drinks and decide to stage dive? If so, you might have a harder time proving someone else responsible. But if you were injured by something that you couldn’t have prevented, for example, being burned by pyrotechnics, then there’s a good chance you can hold someone else responsible.

Sometimes, you can hold a venue owner liable for your injury. For example, if a hole in the ground caused you to trip and break your leg, that could very well be a premises liability claim. In other cases, a third party such as the event planner or coordinator can be sued, for example, if they didn’t hire enough security to protect fans at the event. Or sometimes, the artists themselves can be sued, as happened in a Travis Scott concert after he encouraged fans to jump from a third-story balcony.

As always, negligence is an important part of winning a lawsuit. You have to be able to prove that the other party acted negligently, meaning they did something that a reasonable person would not have done in the same situation.

After a Concert Injury

You might have been to hundreds of concerts or events without ever getting hurt. But it only takes one act of negligence to leave a concertgoer with a serious injury.

If you or a loved one has been hurt while attending a concert or a sporting event, it’s possible that you have a legal case against the venue or organizer. If you have medical bills to pay, if you’ve lost wages due to your injuries, then those responsible for your injuries should be held liable. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer to properly assess your case. It can be tricky to prove fault against a venue, but we’ve done it before. Call our NJ premises liability lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation.

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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