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Friday, April 19, 2019

Can I sue for personal injury if I got hurt in a concert stampede?

Picture yourself at a crowded concert venue anticipating watching your favorite rock or pop superstar or band take stage. Now picture that superstar telling the audience they can “come down a little closer so I can see you a little better”. 

According to a personal injury lawsuit, that comment, allegedly uttered by pop star Gwen Stefani, set off a stampede as countless starstruck fans rushed the stage. An attempt to retract it and have fans return to their seats came too late, as the pandemonium from the unanticipated open invitation caused security efforts to fail, according to the plaintiff’s lawsuit. 

The victim was reportedly “trampled and forcibly pushed into a wall, causing a lateral tibial plateau fracture to her left leg”. The lawsuit contends the singer’s alleged statement was negligent and caused security to lose control of the venue, directly leading to the victim’s injury. Should the singer have reasonably foreseen that openly encouraging the crowd to leave its seats and move closer might have caused a stampede in which fans could be injured—so that doing so may have been considered negligent? 

Live Nation, a co-defendant, was released from liability in the suit because the judge reportedly agreed that it “put in place reasonable precautions to protect fans that failed because of Stefani's unexpected call to fans to approach the stage”. He also reportedly told the star he felt a jury would find her actions negligent at a trial.

In a personal injury lawsuit, if the victim can prove that someone acted negligently, recklessly, or intentionally-- or that they failed to act-- and that they were then injured as a result of that negligent action or failure to act, the victim may be entitled to monetary damages. State laws differ as do the type of damages recoverable. 

Compensation may include such things as current and future lost income, current and future lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Sometimes, punitive damages may be awarded, as well.

If you were a loved one has been injured or loved one has been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City, and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting New York. 


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