When rap artist Travis Scott had a concert in Harris county, 10 people were killed and more than 300 were injured according to The Guardian. The cause of death was found to be “compression asphyxiation,” which occurred because fans, of which there were 50,000, were squeezed “so tightly together that they could not breathe or move their arms.” The Astroworld crowd surge tragedy is just the latest on a long list of crowd surges in which 10 or more people were killed, according to Business Insider, which can occur in stadiums, Black Friday sales, concerts, protests in which police use violence, and religious events. But when it comes to concert venue injuries, crowd surges are not the only cause of injury or death.
Both outdoor and indoor concert venues can become dangerous places if the property security measures or emergency measures are not taken, if the event organizer crams too many people into the space, or if the property owner lets the venue fall into disrepair. Even on a good day, a lot can go wrong, given the circumstances of a large concert; after all, concerts involve large crowds compacted into a small space, the crowd—some of whom are intoxicated—is amped up and often unruly, there is poor lighting, and it can be impossible to even hear the person next to you talking. This all combines for a dangerous situation if something goes wrong, or if an occupant requires medical help.
Any number of overlooked hazards at a concert venue could potentially lead to an otherwise avoidable injury. Common examples include the following:
Various parties can be held liable for injuries you or your loved one sustained at the event. These parties include the:
All of these above parties have a duty to create and maintain a safe environment, which includes minimizing dangers by addressing hazards quickly and thoroughly.
In order to prove fault, the liable party must have either known about the hazard that caused your injuries, or they should have known. These two types of knowledge about a hazard are termed actual and constructive knowledge.
The next factor necessary to prove fault, after actual or constructive knowledge is proven, is time to address the hazard. Did the potentially negligent party have enough time to fix that balcony, clean up the slippery surface, or fix the out-of-commission lighting in that unlit stairwell?
There are two types of damages that can be awarded in a personal injury claim involving concert injuries: economic and non-economic. Economic damages involve the costs and economic losses incurred from the injury, including medical care, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages include the victim’s pain and suffering, loss of joy in life, emotional distress, PTSD, and more. You can be fairly and heavily compensated for both, but only if you make the decision to work with a qualified Glendale premises liability attorney.
The premises liability lawyers in Glendale at Ourfalian & Ourfalian have handled countless concert venue claims in which our clients sustained serious injuries due to the property owner or promoter’s negligence. There is a limited time to file a claim for compensation. Call us at (818) 550 – 7777 for a free consultation and to get started today.
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