As summer approaches in Columbia, so does concert and festival season. Sure, concerts happen year-round, but many places hold a summer concert series or music festivals because outdoor concerts add another level of magic to a musical performance. Even though shows and other festivals are meant to be fun activities, whether outdoors or indoors, they can become serious when fans or attendees get injured.
You shouldn’t have to deal with your injury alone, especially when it was the fault of the venue, so hiring a personal injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices will ensure that you have the representation you need to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions or inaction. Let’s look at the different scenarios that could have led to your injury at a concert so you know what kind of claim to file.
What Kind of Claim You Might Have
Crowded spaces, poor lighting, and uneven walkways are all hazards at concerts that are hard to avoid. The venue that’s holding the show or festival is liable to make the space as safe as possible under premises liability. Despite their efforts, though, visitors still might get injured on their property as a result of their negligence, and those injuries could be minor, severe, or even deadly.
Someone bumping into you probably doesn’t qualify for a case, but slips, trips, and falls could be cause for a claim if your injuries are bad enough. A slip and fall at a concert can be even more dangerous than a regular fall because there are typically more people around, so not only might you get a brain injury when you fall to the ground, but there is also the risk that others could trample you and cause you further injuries, like broken bones.
The shooting that happened at a concert in Las Vegas in October of 2017 is on the more serious end of possible injuries at a concert, and is a scenario that should have been prevented by security. When something or someone injures or kills attendees despite security measures, a negligent security claim can be made because premises liability laws outline that the venue has a duty of reasonable care to the people on the premises. Other than prohibiting illegal objects that pose a security risk, venues are also required to make exits visible and accessible.
The property owner is not always the person responsible, as sometimes a third party planner has been hired who would be liable for your injury because of something they planned. In some cases, artists themselves have also been held responsible for fan’s injuries for throwing objects into the crowd or encouraging fans to jump from heights and falsely claiming the crowd below will catch them, like rapper Travis Scott did back in 2017 which led to a fan being paralyzed.
Although the venue owner could be liable for your injuries, your actions before the injury come into play as well. For example, if you had some drinks before you tripped and fell, you will probably have a harder time holding the owner responsible for your injury since you were intoxicated.
How a Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help You
At Thomas Law Offices, we know how hard it can be to deal with an injury that wasn’t your fault. Focusing on recovering can be hard enough but can be even harder when you have to handle medical bills, lost wages, and any other costs you might have incurred from your injury. With the help of a personal injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices, you will be able to find peace through compensation for all the expenses you should not have been burdened with. If you think you have a case, reach out to our office today so we can discuss your legal options.