No one expects the unthinkable to happen: what should have been the best night of one’s life goes badly wrong, leaving you with a broken leg, arm or worse. But accidents can and do happen to even the most careful of people, and it’s best to be prepared.
How such an injury might take place
It’s what makes live music events great that makes them so dangerous: the crowd is pumping, the music is loud, everyone is dancing and many people have ingested plenty of alcohol or other substances. Sometimes it’s a fight, other times someone simply trips up – either way, it’s important to know what to do and how to protect yourself when an accident happens.
The level of risk depends on the type of building the event is taking place in, as well as the style of music and type of fan it attracts – for example, a sit-down classical music concert in a small theater is less likely to be the setting for an accident than a crowded rock concert or dance party in an old, run-down warehouse where people have been drinking large amounts of alcohol.
While high risk behavior at open air music festivals tends to peak in “standing room only” areas in front of the stages, such as the instances of “mosh pits” where dancing becomes violent and extreme, sometimes simple processes such as exiting a stadium can break down, causing panic and trampling. Other times, festival seating at concerts causes competition for the best seats. A mass dash towards one area can result in injuries, even if the person in question just happened to be in the way.
The most common types of injuries
The most common are slips and falls, but people being crushed by crowds has also led to serious injuries at live music events. Overcrowding is one of the biggest safety problems and if a venue is found to have allowed more people into an event than can be adequately accommodated, the organizer of the event can be found liable for the accident.
Often cries of help produce a ripple of panic amongst members of the audience, which can cause a flight effect that leads to far serious injuries than the initial one: in all situations, it is important to remain calm and not to cause any further stress.
What to do if you are hurt
Most venues will have staff trained in basic first aid, but don’t expect those staff members to notice if you don’t seek out help. Venues are often dark, noisy and crowded, and it is hard for even the most diligent employees to see everything that is going on.
Once the incident has happened and you are on your way to recovery, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawsuits can be made against the venue or the promoter if you feel there is a case for negligence, i.e. that the venue should have known better and failed to do something that would have prevented you becoming injured.