Injured At A Music Festival? Follow These Tips If You're Thinking Of Filing A Personal Injury Claim
Music festivals can be a lot of fun, but they also present a large number of hazards. If you become injured at one of these festivals and feel that the injury is not your own fault, then you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. However, whether or not your claim is successful will hinge on proving that the injury is not your own fault. This can be difficult in any situation but is especially so in the music festival environment, where attendees are not always known for following the rules. Your case is likely to be a bit of an uphill battle, and having a good attorney on your side will be incredibly helpful. But you'll also want to follow these tips.
Seek medical attention sooner rather than later.
If you cannot prove that your injury actually occurred at the concert, then you don't have a case. The sooner you seek medical attention, the better. There will be a shorter time span between your presence at the concert and the official documentation of your injuries by a medical professional, making it harder for the defense to argue that you were injured after the concert.
Your best bet is to seek medical attention at the medical tent on the concert grounds, but if you can't manage this, go straight to the hospital after leaving the show. If your injury does not appear until the next day, head to urgent care as soon as possible. Don't put it off and hope it gets better on its own. Tell any doctor or nurse who treats you how you were injured at the concert. This creates a paper trail that verifies that you've been "telling the same story" about how your injuries occurred all along.
Know who you'll be filing the case against.
There are often several parties involved in organizing and putting on a music festival. It's important that you determine which of them may be at fault for your injuries. For instance, you may file a case against the owner of the venue, the band performing, the food vendors, the sound system company, and so forth. You should be able to find information about who fills these various roles on the festival's website. For example, if you are claiming that the venue owner is responsible for your injuries because there was a large hole in the field that caused you to sprain your ankle, you should look up who the venue owner is.
Keep in mind that when you meet with your personal injury attorney, they may suggest that you make claims against multiple parties. For instance, if you were injured by something the band threw off stage, they may suggest that you sue the band and the production company that allowed the band to throw the item.
Gather any evidence you can.
In all civil cases, including personal injury cases, the burden of proof lies on the prosecution. In other words, it is up to you and your attorney to provide evidence that you were injured at the festival and that those injuries were the defendant's fault. Start collecting this evidence early on before it becomes more difficult or impossible to obtain.
If anyone you know was with you when you were injured, ask them to provide a witness statement. You can also post on social media, asking if anyone at the concert witnessed your injury and whether they are willing to make statements. If you have pictures or videos that show the circumstances that led to your injury, provide these to your attorney, too. Receipts from medical expenses, a receipt that shows you actually bought tickets to the festival, and photos of your injury itself are also essential.
Proving that someone else is responsible for the injury you suffered at a music festival won't be easy, but with the tips above, you'll be on the right track.