Violence At Concerts: How Can Victims Recover Compensation?

Violence At Concerts: How Can Victims Recover Compensation?2018-09-21T16:53:08+00:00

You’ve been hurt through violence at a concert. Now, you have questions:

  • How did this happen?
  • Should someone have prevented this violent attack?
  • How can I afford my medical bills?
  • Should I consider filing a lawsuit?
  • Is hiring an attorney worth it?
  • How do I choose my attorney?

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Each year, people spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars on concert tickets, travel, and hotel rooms, all so that they can spend an evening or weekend enjoying a show put on by their favorite entertainers.

In all of the planning, one thing that most concert attendees don’t take into consideration is the possibility that they may end up the victim of violence while at the show.

Proper Security Should Prevent Violence

It doesn’t matter how many people will be attending or if the venue is indoors or outdoors, venue owners, managers, and even those involved in putting on the show are responsible for providing proper security.

Depending on the number of attendees, the layout of the venue, and other factors, the right mix of security may mean:

  • Security Cameras
  • Proper Lighting
  • Security Guards
  • Mirrors (ex. A mirror placed in stairways which show the area around a turn.)
  • Metal Detectors

In some cases, it’s even appropriate to bring in local law enforcement to help.

The bottom line is that if the responsible parties fail to protect patrons, they can be held responsible and may become the defendants in a negligent security lawsuit.

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What Types Of Violence Are Most Common At Concerts?

The majority of all victims of violence at concerts are hurt by:

Shootings

As a nation, we’ve seen the damage that guns can do when in the hands of someone seeking to cause harm to others. Due to advances in technology, the shooter doesn’t even need to be inside the actual venue to hurt dozens in a matter of seconds.

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Stabbings

Even knives with a small blade can take a life or cause permanent damage. Those in charge of security should use metal detectors and perform pat downs to prevent anyone from entering a venue with a blade.

Fights

When personal space is limited due to a large crowd, alcohol is served, and a large number of different personalities are all mixed together, tempers can flare and fights to break out. Often acting purely on instinct, those involved in the melee will attack one another with not only their fists but any object they can grab to try and harm others.

Sexual Assault & Rape

Sexual predators often take advantage of the poor lighting and loud music at concerts and frequently drop drugs like roofies into the drinks of their victims to make them an easier target. In order to prevent this from happening, security should be made aware of any areas in the venue that might provide shelter for someone looking to remain hidden and do frequent sweeps of those areas.

If you or a loved one have sustained serious injuries due to violence at a concert, you may able to recover compensation which will help you to pay for your medical treatments and lost wages by filing a civil lawsuit.

Filing A Civil Lawsuit: What Should Plaintiff’s Expect?

It might seem like dealing with a lawsuit is the last thing that you want to take on and we understand that. You are already dealing with an extreme amount of physical, mental, and emotional stress, it’s natural to not want to add to that stress.

However, if you don’t pursue a civil lawsuit, you will likely also experience serious financial strain if you aren’t already, due to expensive medical treatments and time spent away from work while you heal.

Criminal charges may have already been pressed against the person who caused you harm, but even with the best possible outcome in criminal court, compensation will never be awarded to the plaintiffs. Compensation can only be obtained through a civil complaint, which can be filed at the same time as the criminal charges.

The steps that a plaintiff can expect during a civil lawsuit include:

Choosing A Law Firm

While it’s important to contact a law firm quickly, before the statute of limitations runs out, you should always speak with several law firms before deciding to work with one. Important questions to ask include:

  1. What types of law do you practice?
  2. Do you have former clients I can speak with?
  3. How do you collect payment for your services?
  4. How often will you update me on my case?

Filing The Pleadings

The initial paperwork which informs the court that a plaintiff is issuing a legal complaint against a defendant is called the pleadings. Once filed, the court will issue a summons to the defendant to let them know they are being sued. Then, the defendant should issue an answer to the complaint made against them.

The Discovery Phase

The discovery phase is the period of time during which the law firm will collect the evidence needed to build the plaintiff’s legal argument. This might include things like:crowd at a concert

  • Video Surveillance
  • Witness Statements
  • Expert Opinions
  • Photographs
  • Medical Records
  • Police Reports

Settlement

In many cases, one or both sides will make an offer to settle out of court. This can save everyone involved time and money, but the first offer isn’t always the final offer. The plaintiff’s legal team should negotiate the best offer possible on behalf of their client.

Trial

If an agreement can’t be reached, the case will go to trial where both sides will present their arguments to the court.

Don’t Wait: Time May Be Running Out

In every case, there is a statute of limitations which is the period of time that the plaintiff has to file their complaint. If the allotted amount of time passes, the plaintiff may no longer be able to recover compensation, which is why it’s so important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. Don’t wait – call now.

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