Five Steps to Take If Injured During a Music Festival
If you have been injured during a music festival, you’re able to seek help from an Ohio personal injury lawyer. Our experienced attorney from The Henry Law Firm is experienced with these types of personal injury cases and can help you build a case against the liable parties so that you can obtain compensation. Our legal team will work alongside you to help you get the justice and settlement you deserve for your music festival injuries.
According to Nielsen Music, were you aware that approximately 32 million people attended a minimum of one music festival in 2014? Although music festivals are often an enjoyable experience, attending them increases the risk of injury. Globally, according to a study conducted over ten years, it’s estimated that almost 70,000 people suffered from significant injuries when attending outdoor music concerts.
Let’s read on to learn what you should do if you’ve recently been injured during a music festival.
What are the Different Types of Music Festival Injuries?
It might be hard to believe, but injuries sustained during music festivals can be incredibly serious, especially if you’re unable to access first aid or cannot leave the scene of the accident for a quiet, safe space.
Although the scope of injuries a person can sustain during a music festival is wide, attorneys at our firm see a few common music festival injuries, such as:
- Crushing injuries
- Ankle injuries such as breaks and fractures
- Slip, fall, and trip injuries
- Head injuries
- Lacerations and bruising
- Burn injuries
- Electrocution injuries
- Food poisoning
- Back injuries
What to Do If You Have Been Injured During a Music Festival
It can be incredibly challenging to determine what to do after being involved in a music festival incident that has caused you injuries. To help make your situation a little less stressful, we have briefly explained five steps you need to take if you have been injured during a music festival.
1. Seek Medical Attention
If you have been injured during a music festival, one of the first things you need to do is try to get to a safe place so that you can assess your injuries. Even if you believe you have only incurred minor injuries, you should still seek medical attention.
If you don’t seek medical attention, not only could your injuries get worse, but you also won’t have any proof that you were injured at the festival. This could affect your chances of initiating a successful case later on for compensation for any damages you have incurred.
2. Report Your Injury
After seeking medical attention, the next thing you need to do is make sure a formal record of the incident is created. This will help to identify:
- What happened to you
- How it happened
- Who is or may be responsible
In addition, by ensuring that the venue or management company creates an incident report, you will have proof that you sustained your injury during the festival. You may need to ask to create an incident report if the facility doesn’t create one automatically. Regardless, be sure to ask: who do I need to speak with to create an incident report? If you do not create a report, the venue or management company may later dispute that you were injured at the premises.
After an incident report is created, make sure you receive a copy. If the facility cannot provide you a paper copy or tells you they will email it or send it later, make sure you snap pictures of the incident report with your cell phone.
3. Gather Your Evidence
Another essential aspect you need to remember to do is collect evidence. You should try to gather as much information as possible concerning the music festival incident you were involved in. For example, you need to try and get witness contact information from other festival-goers who saw how you were injured.
Additionally, you need to try and obtain any images or videos of the accident and take pictures of the scene and injuries. Cell phones work great for taking photos at the scene. This evidence will help you build a strong case with your lawyer if you decide to seek legal action.
4. Determine Who Owns the Venue
When you decide if you want to pursue legal action to obtain compensation for your injuries, it would be best to find out who owns the venue where the music festival was held or the promoter/management company responsible for running the event.
Personal injury cases surrounding injuries sustained at a music festival will need to define the defendants, and often a venue is included as a defendant. Speaking with an Ohio lawyer will help you determine who the defendants are in your case, as it can become challenging if the music festival is held on government property.
However, while you are at the scene, you can ask the staff who they work for and what company is responsible for running the show.
5. Speak With an Attorney to Determine Case Viability and Damages
If you want to initiate a case for your injuries, it would be best to talk with a lawyer. Not all music festival injuries will qualify for compensation, and a lawyer can help you determine if your case is viable and likely to succeed.
Additionally, with the assistance of an attorney, you can also calculate your damages. Included in your damages will be your medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. An attorney will assess your damages and help you determine the monetary amount you could receive during your settlement.
Call an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
Being injured during a music festival can be an incredibly traumatizing event, especially if you are not sure where you stand legally or what steps you should take. To discuss each step and understand your next move, you should consider speaking to an Ohio personal injury lawyer from The Henry Law Firm. We have the necessary experience to help you obtain compensation for the injuries you incurred.
To book a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today and our legal team will reach out with further direction.