Attending a concert is among the most popular leisure activities. However, with thousands of people often packing into concert venues, the risk of someone getting hurt is high. With that being said, if you are hurt at a concert venue, you may be wondering if, or who, you may recover compensation from.
Generally, concert venues have a general duty to keep the concertgoers safe within their venue. That means the concert venue has a duty to keep its premises safe and free from hidden dangers so that guests do not get hurt. But even with that duty, a concert venue will only be held liable for intentional or negligent acts. These intentional or negligent acts could include improperly lighting the venue causing trip and falls, poor upkeep, and other dangers that put the patrons at risk such as loose handrails or slippery floors. The equipment of the venue must also be properly managed. For instance, if a speaker falls due to improper maintenance, the venue may be liable. Additionally, if the venue runs power cords to power the stage, they must not be in areas where guests commonly walk or stand.
Many times, the acts by which the venue is negligent were carried out by their employees. Under the legal doctrine of Respondeat Superior, the venue may be held liable for the actions of their employees. In order to be successful under the legal doctrine, the employee was acting within the scope of their duties when the negligence occurred. This can be clear if the person who acted negligently works directly for the venue. But for acts by employees such as security guards, the argument may be more difficult.
Considering the above, there is still a presumption that an individual assumes some of the risks of an injury when entering a concert venue. That is because the individual is knowingly entering a venue with thousands of other people. This usually applies to instances of pushing and shoving from other concert goers. However, even in such situation there can be circumstances where the concert venue owner/operator can be liable, such as if they fail to provide adequate security. All of the factors would need to be weighed before determining liability.
Unfortunately, concert injuries occur far too often. If you are injured at a concert, it is important to reach out to an attorney experienced in personal injury matters immediately. Often times, waiting to file a claim can have detrimental effects on whether you will receive any compensation. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being involved in an accident. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.