Studies investigating injuries and accidents at concerts for a ten year period from 1992 through 2002, indicated that there were at least 232 deaths from crowding and safety failures for at concerts and festivals. While that number alone is astonishing, there were more than 66,000 people injured during that same time period. Causes of these deaths include stampeding, asphyxiation, deterioration of health conditions (stroke, heart attack, etc.), fires, etc..
Entertainment venues where these concerts and sporting events take place should and must ensure the safety of those attending. It is imperative that conscientious promoters, security firms, and performing artists create and put into place safeguards and security measure to protect their invitees. These measure must account for impending weather, unpredictable crowd behavior, environmental concerns and many other events which play into a worse case scenario scheme. A safe and secure environment for all attending these events should be at the foremost of all involved in planning. It is the organizers’ legal responsibility to ensure these safety measure and look out for the safety of their patrons. Unfortunately, many concert planners are more concerned about the bottom line (profit) than they are about the safety of their patrons. Abundance of caution should be the rule of thumb. It is up to responsible concert planners to do take the appropriate measure to ensure a safe and fun concert experience for its patrons. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
The concert and entertainment industry has known for decades about the dangers of concerts that proceed without proper planning. Proper planning or failure to appreciate risk can and will eventually lead to tragedy. When things go wrong at these venues, there are a myriad of legal issues that may develop. These include liability for failures and injuries, insurance coverage, as well as issues on how to file appropriate claims. In many cases, these claims may involve a government entity that requires notice of a claim far sooner than the two statute of limitations. For example, in most cases any claim against a governmental entity such as a government owned venue, State Fair Grounds, Concert Hall, library, etc. must file a Tort Claim Notice advising the entity of their potential claim. Failure to file the Tort Claim notice within the proper time frame (90 days in Indiana) could preclude recovery. Anyone injured at such a location should consult with an experienced Indiana concert injury attorney as soon as possible to allow for evaluation of their claim.
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