The summer months are when many concerts and music festivals are held, with musicians able to hold performances at both indoor and outdoor venues. While many concerts go off without a hitch, too often do incidents at concerts lead to injuries to concertgoers. In the most tragic cases, injuries suffered at a concert can even prove fatal. But who can be held liable when innocent people are hurt or killed while attending a concert or music festival?

Common Injuries Suffered in Concert Accidents

Examples of injuries that may be suffered by attendees in accidents or incidents at concerts include:

  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Spine and spinal cord injuries
  • Stab and gunshot wounds
  • Facial injuries
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injury
  • Sexual assault injuries, including sexually transmitted infections
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Concert Injuries or Death?

Most concerts and music festivals have multiple parties responsible for organizing the event. Some of or all these parties may have legal liability when a concert goer or attendee is injured or killed in an accident or incident at the concert or festival. Parties that might be sued in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for injuries or death suffered at a concert include:

  • Performing musicians, who may be one of the parties responsible for organizing a concert or festival. Musicians who have a part in the organization or operation of a music event may be liable when dangerous or hazardous conditions lead to injury or death of attendees. Musicians might also be subject to liability when they encourage attendees to engage in dangerous or unsafe behaviors like jumping or crowd surfing.
  • Concert and festival venues often hire third-party companies to provide security, which can range from simply checking tickets to actually keeping the peace and removing concertgoers who become too rowdy and pose a danger to themselves or others. However, these companies may have liability for an accident or incident at a concert or music festival when they provide inadequate or negligent services.
  • Venue owners, who may be held liable for injuries or fatalities that are caused by dangerous or defective conditions of the property where a concert or music festival is held.
  • Concert/festival promoters, who handle most of the logistics involved in putting on a concert or music festival. There are multiple large companies that organize concert tours for musical acts or who put on regular music festivals such as Coachella. These companies may have liability when inadequate planning and resources leads to an accident or incident that injures or kills attendees. 

In addition, other third-party contractors may also have responsibility for injuries suffered by concertgoers, including pyrotechnic contractors or “roadie” companies responsible for setting up the concert stage and other temporary facilities. 

Why You Need an Attorney After a Concert Accident 

If you were hurt at a concert, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The parties who may be liable for your injuries (and their insurance companies) may have substantial financial resources to fight any claim for compensation you may bring. Having an attorney on your side can help level the playing field. 

Contact a Rochelle Park Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Concert Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a concert accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at The Epstein Law Firm represent clients injured because of concert accidents in Jersey City, Union City, Bayonne, Hoboken, and throughout New Jersey. Call (201) 380-7687 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07762.

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