Philadelphia Concert Injury Attorney
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Fox Law is a top rated personal injury law firm with over 30 years of experience handling premises liability claims. As a former defense attorney, Philadelphia Concert Injury Attorney John Fox knows how premises liability claims are defended. And he knows how they are won. This gives our clients a distinct advantage. If you have been injured at a Philadelphia concert, we can help. Fox Law offers free consultations with no obligation. And there is never a fee unless we recover for you. Call and speak with a Philadelphia Concert Injury Attorney today and experience the Fox Law difference.
Concert injury falls under the broader legal category of Premises Liability. Who is responsible for a concert injury depends on notice of the defective or dangerous condition, how the victim suffered their injury and who controlled the venue. A Philadelphia Concert Injury Attorney will evaluate the accident and may proceed with a concert injury lawsuit if they believe that the owner of the venue, concert promoters, security services, or in some cases, the entertainers should be held responsible for the concert injury.
Who is responsible for concert injury from concert-goers?
In order to present a viable claim for injury from a concert patron against the promoter of the concert and/or the operator of the venue, a Philadelphia concert injury attorney will need to show that the promoter and/or operator knew or should have known that the concert would result in dangerous behavior by the patrons. If they knew that the concert generated dangerous activity by patrons, they should set-up security to prevent concert patrons from entering the facility with bottles, weapons, etc. This is done commonly at most sporting events and large concerts.
Who is responsible for concert injury from defective conditions?
If the owner of the facility knew or should have known of a dangerous or defective condition, they would usually be responsible for concert injury as a result of defective stairways, walkways, or other defective conditions in the facility. If the facility was leased for the concert, the promoter may be held liable if the promoter altered the facility in any way to accommodate the concert. In some situations, liability may be shared between the promoter and the owner of the premises. If the concert is held outdoors, there is an assumed risk of weather conditions, however the land owner may be held liable for known defects in the land that may cause injury to concert patrons.
The value of evidence in a concert injury lawsuit.
A lawsuit filed against Tim McGraw is a good example of the value of evidence in a concert injury lawsuit. DailyMail.com reported that country music superstar Tim McGraw was performing at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, Georgia when a “slap” that went viral took place. The “slap” occurred during the concert's encore. McGraw walked down a catwalk while performing his 2013 single "Truck Yeah."
In this case, a video posted online was used as evidence of what happened. In video footage, McGraw slapped hands with fans before the plaintiff pulled on McGraw's jeans. He then hit her in response. She tore his jeans and was later ejected from the show. McGraw appeared visibly shaken and angry. A security guard escorted the fan away from the stage area.
The plaintiff’s concert injury lawyer, Eric Hertz, stated that she felt "humiliated" after the incident and wanted an apology from the country star. They claim that Tim McGraw acted too aggressively. It was reported that he was publicly humiliating her after the incident. The suit was settled outside of court and the terms were not revealed.
3 Tragic Concert Injury Lawsuits in U.S. History
A broad variety of unexpected things can happen at a concert. The injuries sustained by concertgoers at the events listed below lead to serious injury and in some cases, death.
1. The Who Stampede at Riverfront Coliseum
As reported by RollingStone Magazine, Riverfront Coliseum in the 1970's was known for it’s rowdy, out of control crowds. This unruly environment lead to eleven deaths and eighty injuries during a stampede during a Who concert.
The disaster occurred because of the general-admission ticketing policy for concerts at Riverfront Coliseum in the 1970's, known as “festival seating.” As many as 7,000 fans rushed to secure first-come, first-served spots at the edge of the stage. City Councilman Jerry Springer stated that 16 doors were open between 7:15 pm and 7:30 pm, despite the Coliseum having 134 doors.
25 police officers assigned to keep order watched helplessly as only the Coliseum's security staff had the ability to open more doors. For nearly an hour, people were jammed against the glass doors, unable to move or, in some cases, breathe.
Afraid of how the crowd might react to a cancellation, Cincinnati fire officials instructed the promoters to continue the show. Members of The Who were not told about the chaos until the end of the show.
The tragedy had an immediate and long-lasting effect on concert policy. A complete ban on festival seating began in Cincinnati and quickly spread to other rock venues. Today the policy is virtually extinct. The Who, who were stunned when told after the show about the deaths and injuries, dedicated the next concert to the victims.
In the weeks after the concert, families of the dead and injured filed 33 lawsuits against The Who; the promoter, Philadelphia-based Electric Factory Concerts; the city of Cincinnati; and coliseum management. The suits claimed negligence and sought more than $100 million in damages. All were settled out of court by July 1984 for a total of $2.1 million, plus an undisclosed sum for the family of one victim, 18-year-old Peter Bowes of Wyoming. No case ever went to trial.
2. Sugarland Stage Collapse at Indiana State Fair
TasteofCountry.com reported the collapse of the main stage on a crowd waiting for a Sugarland performance at an Indiana State Fair in 2011. The stage buckled after being blasted by winds as strong as 60 to 70 mph.
Rescue crews and patrons swarmed the scene of the stage collapse and began working to save those trapped in the wreckage. Complicating matters, heavy rain and winds continued during the rescue. Seven people were crushed to death when the stage crashed to the ground and more than 40 other people at the concert were injured.
After the accident, the lead singer of the country band, Jennifer Nettles, expressed her horror in a statement to Associated Press, saying there were "no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity." Governor Mitch Daniels called the deadly stage collapse a "freakish accident."
Sugarland, producers, stage riggers and others associated with the show were named in the lawsuit, citing negligence in not calling off the show despite dangerous weather conditions. The state of Indiana ultimately reached a $50 million settlement with 19 companies.
3. Philadelphia Stage-Diving Injury
According to Spin.com, Kimberly Myers was looking forward to a night of fun at a Fishbone concert but ended up with a serious personal injury after the West Philadelphia rock concert.
Her injury was caused when the lead singer, Angelo “Dr. Madd Vibe” Moore, dove into the audience from the stage. The audience did not hoist Moore into the air when he dove and he landed on Myers, cracking her skull.
Moore claims she now suffers from shoulder pain, memory problems, and autoimmune issues that led to lupus. The judge ultimately ruled in favor of the plaintiff. Fishbone’s lead singer and bassist were required to pay the woman 1.1 million in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages for her injury.
What are common types of concert injury lawsuits?
When considering the combination of large crowds gathered in a confined space, an emotionally charged atmosphere, and the prevalence of alcohol, it is no surprise that concert injuries are commonplace. Here are the most common concert injury lawsuits:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Eye injuries
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
What should I do if I am injured at a concert?
- Notify security of your injury as soon as possible. Make sure that they take a report to document the incident and your injury.
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible to document the injury.
- Speak with a Philadelphia Concert Injury Attorney as soon as possible to preserve evidence.
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