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Hurt at a concert? Can you sue the artist?

What did you do on New Year’s Eve? If you’re like a lot of New Yorkers, you may have caught Phish at Madison Square Garden, Post Malone at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, or another one of the concerts taking place at various music venues across the city.

When a popular band or artist puts on a live performance, the event can get quite rowdy, especially if there is a mosh pit. If the audience is a younger demographic, then there is an added risk of fans getting excited by their favorite songs and jumping on seats or indulging in other reckless behavior that leads to injury.

Over the years, a regrettable number of music fans have been injured and even killed at concerts. One of the most notorious instances is the December 1979 concert played by UK rock band The Who in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the doors to the coliseum opened, people stampeded in, crushing eleven people to death in the process. More recently, a Guns N’ Roses fan sued the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose, after the singer allegedly threw his microphone into the crowd during a concert in Perth, Australia, and struck the fan in the mouth, resulting in severe dental damage.

Injuries have happened at concerts with enough frequency that the risk of being hurt is foreseeable, and venue owners, show organizers, and artists have a legal duty to protect attendees from harm.

If you are hurt at a concert, then liability for your injuries may rest with a wide range of parties that include:

  • The performers. As seen in the example with Axl Rose above, artists are often sued for injuries that they appear to have directly caused or instigated.
  • Security companies: Concert security guards can be hired by the venue or the band. When they behave aggressively towards fans or fail to ensure safe conditions, they can be liable for any injuries that result.
  • Venue owners: Under some circumstances, the owners of the concert venue could be sued for your injuries. For example, if the stairs or railing were defective, causing you to fall, you may have a case against the owners.
  • Other third parties: Other potential defendants include the operators of lighting or pyrotechnic equipment, both of which have been known to cause burn injuries.

Depending on the circumstances that led to your injury, a combination of the above parties could be named in a personal injury suit. To ensure that you receive the compensation you need, call a New York personal injury attorney after receiving medical treatment. Jayson Lutzky is an accident and personal injury attorney with an office located in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx. He offers free in person consultations to victims of injuries or their families. Concerts are meant to be an enjoyable evening out, and when someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured, your attorney will protect your right to compensation. Call 718-329-9500 to schedule an appointment or visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.

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