The Astroworld Festival is an annual music festival held by Travis Scott. The event started in 2018 and has taken place in Houston, Texas every year – with the exception of 2020 due to restrictions on large gatherings. The crowds at these events are notoriously rowdy. This year was different, though. Near the beginning of the event, crowds rushed a security gate, knocking the gate over, and trampling over some concertgoers. This initial incident left quite a few concertgoers with minor injuries. At approximately 9:00pm, as Travis Scott was performing, things made a turn for the worst when the crowd surged forward, pushing towards the stage.
According to reports, many people yelled out for help because they couldn’t breathe; many others were pushed onto the ground and trampled. Unfortunately, eight people died due to the crowd surge, and many others had to be transported to local hospitals as a result of their injuries. Without a doubt, the people who were injured in the crowd surge could have grounds to sue; additionally, family of the deceased could also sue.
What if you were not injured in the crowd surge? What if you suffered a slip and fall accident? What if you tripped and fell? What if you sustained mental and emotional trauma because you witnessed people dying? Regardless of the specific harm that you or a member of your family suffered while attending the Astroworld Festival, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit.
If you are interested in learning more about your right to file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Here at Lone Star Injury Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims – including claims against large corporations, like concert organizers. Our lawyers are ready to help you with your claim and get you the recovery that you are owed.
There are many incidents that concertgoers could experience at music festivals. Luckily, incidents like the crowd surge incident that occurred at Astroworld Festival are not common – and fatalities are not typical of these music events. Some of the possible incidents that concertgoers could experience include the following:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls are among the most common types of personal injury accidents. They can occur practically anywhere – anytime that a slip hazard is present. Common slip hazards include wet floors, slippery surfaces, missing or misplaced warning signs, missing or misplaced weather mats, littered floors, spilled liquids, etc. In crowded places, like music festivals, these slip hazards are prevalent, as it can become very difficult for staff to constantly clean up after the crowd. Crowds are also known to just drop their trash to their floor instead of bothering to go to their closest trash bin. Because of all this, slip and falls are common. Any party that suffers a slip and fall accident can potentially sustain a number of injuries, some of which could include head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, lacerations, and many other injuries.
Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents are also among the most common types of personal injury accidents. They can also happen practically anywhere as long as a trip hazard is present. Some examples of trip hazards include uneven floors, broken concrete, potholes, broken sidewalks, exposed wiring, missing or misplaced warning signs, missing or misplaced mats, etc. These large music festivals are typically in large outdoor areas, which can be difficult to keep completely free of hazards like potholes and broken concrete because they are constantly exposed to the elements. In addition, extension cords and other wires are absolutely essential to power lights, sound systems, and fog machines, for instance. Trip and falls, regardless of the specific cause, can lead to a number of injuries, including fractured wrists/ankles, hand/foot injuries, knee injuries, scrapes, etc.
Falling object incidents can also occur at music festivals. Tarps, tents, lights, speakers, and essentially anything elevated that is not installed properly could fall and strike unsuspecting concertgoers, resulting in injuries. Common falling object incident injuries include, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, shoulder injuries, lacerations, etc. In more severe cases, including cases were very large objects fall, severe crushing injuries or even impaling injuries are possible.
Crowd-related incidents are very common in large festivals – especially when both security and event organization is lacking. In the Astroworld Festival, there were at least two crowd-related incidents, one in which the crowd broke through a gate and one in which the crowd pushed forward. In the first incident, concertgoers fell and were trampled, resulting in only minor injuries. In the second injuries, concertgoers were pushed together resulting in respiratory issues; some passed out and fell to the floor, getting trampled. Besides crowd surges, other crowd-related incidents include assault and battery, sexual assault, etc. Whatever the case, these incidents are typically the result of failures of the event organizers as well as the security.
Even concertgoers that were not physically injured are likely to have trauma associated with the incident. Anyone who witnessed people dying, tried to help someone who was dying, or even had to walk over someone else on the floor to get to safety is likely to experience severe psychological trauma associated with the event. The most obvious result of witnessing such a traumatic incident will be severe post-traumatic stress (PTSD); however, witnesses could also be left dealing with anxiety, fear, depression, and other mental and emotional distress. Some witnesses described the incident like being in a warzone; without a doubt, the incident is likely to result in significant mental and emotional damage.
Do you have the right to sue? Yes, you could have the right to sue. If you slipped and fell, if you were injured during the crowd surge, or if you witnessed the incident and were left dealing with mental and emotional anguish (including PTSD), then you could have grounds to sue for the harm that you suffered. You could also be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit against Travis Scott, Live Nation and their local organizer, and even the security company. If you are interested in learning more about your right to file a lawsuit for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered at Astroworld the night of November 5th, 2021, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible – our lawyers are ready to help you better understand your right to sue.
For more information about your right to file a personal injury lawsuit for the incident that happened at Astroworld Festival, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys are ready to evaluate your injury claim and help you better understand your right to sue and receive monetary compensation. Here at Lone Star Injury Law Firm, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients and making sure that they receive the payout that they are owed. If you are ready to discuss your right to sue with the experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately – we are ready to help you.
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