Whilst attending a concert is a very exciting experience, unfortunately, sometimes they can end in injury. Many revellers are unaware of the fact that if they are injured as a result of attending an event, they may be eligible for compensation. If you believe you have been injured at a concert due to negligence then you are more than entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
Concerts Where Accidents Can Occur
When making any sort of compensation claim you must be able to prove liability. Accidents can occur anywhere and at any time, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards present. Organisers and staff at music events have a duty of care to ensure that potential risks are eliminated both during the planning stage and whilst the show is taking place to reduce the chances of an accident at a concert.
Indoor concert venues will have a host of staff responsible for caring for any injuries sustained on their premises. Concert venues must carry out frequent risk assessments to identify and resolve potential hazards. Staff have a responsibility to ensure that their venue is safe with minimal risk of a concert accident.
Music festivals are harder to determine the liability of festival accidents due to them mostly taking place in an outdoor setting, such as a park or field. Organisers of music festivals will also be obligated to carry out risk assessments and should also have a dedicated team of staff whose responsibility will be to ensure the safety of guests, for example, multiple stewards or first aid areas.
What Can Cause a Concert Accident?
There are a multitude of reasons why concert accidents can occur, the following causes are easily avoided if sufficient care is taken by those responsible for the event.
- Understaffing: Events must be adequately staffed and fully aware of health and safety regulations. Insufficient members of staff can cause stress for both employees and guests, resulting in a lack of attention or inability to adhere to health and safety regulations
- Overcrowding: Overcrowding can be extremely dangerous and crowd surges are one of the leading causes of accidents at music events. Any venue, be that indoors or open air will have a specified capacity which should never be exceeded
- Pyrotechnic or Prop Accidents: this can include heavy objects falling onto a crowd member or even fires
- Poor Maintenance: Proper and regular maintenance is essential and dangerous hazards such as seat or stage collapsing can easily be avoided if those responsible carry out regular risk assessments and maintenance on the venue
- Poor Lighting: Whilst concert venues are usually dark during the show there must be adequate lighting where needed, for example on stairs
- Wet Floors: This is a hazard that can be applied anywhere, often in busy venues drinks may be spilt and staff must endeavour to clean and signpost any areas of flooring where there is a potential slip risk
Common Injuries Caused by an Accident at a Concert
It is difficult to determine every potential injury which could be sustained at a concert, however, these are the most common:
- Bone breaks and Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Crushing Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Damage
- Facial Injury
- Nerve Damage
- Bodily Trauma
Mental Health Impact – distressing instances of accidents at a concert can significantly impact your mental health. Conditions such as PTSD or anxiety can be caused due to an experience of trauma including experiences at a music event.
How to Make a Concert Accident Claim with McGinley
Here at McGinley Law, we can help you process a public accident claim. There are several steps which you would need to take to proceed with your claim.
- Seek medical attention – To truly gauge the severity of your injury medical attention and documentation are required
- Report the incident to the venue or relevant management and document the incident, this will ensure that the relevant party are aware of the incident and can therefore access and preserve any evidence such as CCTV
- Identify any witnesses, generally, music events tend to be extremely crowded. You must try to identify any potential witnesses who can help strengthen your case if at all possible.
- Document the incident and any relevant expenses incurred, this includes medical bills or loss of earnings due to the injury
We have a dedicated team of personal injury solicitors in our offices in Donegal and Dublin. Established in 1988, we pride ourselves on a high level of experience and expertise with a team of professional and empathetic solicitors. Contact us to speak with someone regarding your claim.
Concert Accident FAQs
How much compensation am I entitled to?
The amount of compensation you can be awarded varies vastly depending on your injuries and the impact they have had. Our Compensation Claims Estimator can give you an idea of what you can potentially claim.
Do I need to seek medical assistance?
Yes, you must seek medical assistance to assess the extent and severity of any injuries sustained.
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
It is always best to act fast when making any sort of personal injury claim, there is a statute of limitations which can impact your claim. It is always better to instigate the claim as close to the incident as possible.
How long will a claim take?
There is no precise time frame for these claims to be processed, generally, a conclusion will be reached within nine to 15 months.
How is the compensation amount calculated?
There are several factors which are considered with any personal injury claim, they include the extent of your injuries, medical bills, loss of earnings due to injury, length and extent of suffering and who is to blame for the incident.