With summer at full tilt, many New York City residents are making time to participate in music festivals around the city and region. Of course, anyone who’s been to a music festival can tell you that even the most professionally staged events have plenty of room for things to go wrong. It is rare that any festival makes it all the way through the event with no injuries at all, and in some cases, a particularly serious accident could lead to devastating injuries to a number of festival-goers.
If you recently suffered an injury at a music festival, or some other kind of festival, you may have grounds for a personal injury suit. However, it is not always as easy to know who is technically responsible for your injuries in these situations.
The strongest strategy for pursuing fair compensation for your injuries is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, it is usually most helpful to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand the scope of your injury, identify responsible parties, and guide your through the process to protect your rights.
First steps after the injury
If you have yet to seek proper medical treatment, this is an absolute must. Medical records serve as an important document of the value of your injuries, and also keep your injuries from worsening. If you experienced an injury but it is not severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention, it is less likely that it will also support a personal injury claim.
The more documentation you have about the injury and the circumstances that led to the injury, the better. Depending on the circumstances, a suit might be against the owner of the property itself, or could be toward a subcontractor who provided at stage setup that malfunctioned. You must gather any information you can about the how you received the injury and who else contributed before moving forward.
Identify the likely defendants in your suit
Like we mentioned, different circumstances for your injury may indicate different defendants. However, most injury suits involving a music festival or concert do involve the owner of the venue or property where the event took place.
Even this, however, requires special attention. If, for instance, you suffer injury while at an event hosted on city property, you must follow very specific guidelines and procedures to file a lawsuit. Any lawsuit involving the government always involves extra steps, so it is good to prepare fully before heading in this direction.
Build a team and build a strategy
It is certainly possible to pursue a personal injury suit against a festival or other event without legal counsel. However, it is generally not as effective as enlisting the guidance of an experienced attorney. In many instances, the details matter immensely in these types of suits, and it is often difficult for a those without a legal practice background to know how to effectively proceed without professional guidance.