At the Coachella festival, a two-weekend music festival featuring numerous bands and performers, a balloon prop fell on a woman. The victim was inside the Sahara Tent on Sunday night during a show when the prop disconnected from the top of the tent and fell, striking two individuals, a man and a woman. The man was recording the show at the time of the incident; the video shows a sudden jerk of the camera while individuals nearby can be heard calling for help.
The victim, named identified as Caroline, was said to have suffered a serious head injury. Her friend said that the victim was unconscious for a few minutes and was covered in blood. Tweets and witness statements verify that the woman was hit. The friend of the victim disclosed her medical condition, saying that Carolina was in the ICU after suffering a fractured skull, brain bleeding, and more. She had surgery to repair the damage and might experience short-term effects, but the long-term effects bode favorably.
The city inspects the props and stages for any defects or potentially dangerous areas. The head engineer and the city manager of Indio toured the festival grounds and did not notice anything amiss prior to the event.
Injuries from Concert Props
It is possible that the extensive preparation that goes into such well known and elaborate festivals can result in oversights of safety. The balloon prop that was located at the top of the tent could have been improperly screwed into its fixture or it could have come loose due to the stress and weight. It is less likely that the hours of vibrations and slight sways and impacts knocked the balloon loose.
It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer injuries at concerts from the premises. There are various ways in which speakers can fall, railings can break, stairs and steps may give out, holes can form in the floor or grounds, other props can dislodge, and much more.
The injuries, though, are often minor; however, there is always the risk of serious damage. For example, some of the injuries that have resulted from concert injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Spinal cord and neck damage
- Back injuries
- Knee and hip injuries
- Torn muscles
- Ankle and foot damage
- Internal organ damage
In serious cases, injuries can lead to paralysis, severed limbs, comas, and more. There have been instances where crowds have trampled individuals and where concertgoers have died from heat exhaustion or overdosing on drugs. The risk of death in such crowded areas should always be considered, and all necessary safety precautions should be taken.
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Liability of Coachella and Concert Organizers
An entity that wishes to put on a concert or festival at a venue must ensure that is not placing the concertgoers in any danger. The venue must also have safety regulations and proceedings to keep people safe. Coachella brings various stages and tents to the area, and specific entertainers often have specialized shows with props and objects meant to enhance the experience for the audience.
A balloon prop that was affixed to the tent should have been properly secured by either the concert staff and engineers or the hired workers. If the worker did not complete his due diligence and sufficiently affix the prop, he and the company can be held liable for any ensuing damages and injuries.
Any organization that is providing a service must not place its patrons in danger. To show that a party was negligent, and therefore liable, you must prove these four points:
- You were owed a duty of care, and as a concertgoer, you would be guaranteed it (given that you are an invitee on the property, paid money to enter, and are in the care of the party)
- The care of duty was breached in some way, such as by the engineer not carefully completing his duties or by the event manager not properly inspecting the props
- The breach of duty led to an accident or incident, such as the balloon prop falling, an object dislodging and cutting you, a speaker tipping over onto your foot, and more
- The accident resulted in physical harm
It is important to understand that if you were not physically harmed in the incident, you cannot file a personal injury claim for liability for your damages. The presence of physical injuries is required for the lawsuit to proceed. Otherwise, you will only be able to pursue lost income and property damage.
Compensation from a Lawsuit
Our attorneys are representing one of the families who were injured at Coachella. We know the best methods of success with your claim and have extensive experience winning lawsuits against such large entities. We will ensure that you are covered for the following expenses:
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- Medical bills from the past and future
- Property damage for any items that were lost or broken
- Income that was missed from the past and future
- Pain and suffering damages for psychiatric and emotional damages
- Wrongful death damages in the event a family member or loved one died in the incident
- Punitive damages if the responsible party was grossly negligent in their responsibilities
You should be awarded the maximum compensation available if you were injured as a result of the negligent action or inaction of another party. It is highly recommended that you use the assistance of a skilled lawyer to win your claim; you may be too injured or lack the sufficient knowledge to successfully complete your claim. Contact our lawyers for more assistance.
The Right Firm for Your Lawsuit
The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the premier law firms in Los Angeles. We have years of experience handling claims against concert organizers and festivals, and we pride ourselves on fighting tooth and nail for the rights of our clients. We treat you like family, and our aggressive lawyers will not stop negotiating the best deal from the insurance agency until they give us what you need. If we have to, we will go to court to win your case and present your evidence and claim before a judge and jury.
Call us for a free legal consultation today. You can ask us questions about the legal process and we’ll look over your case and tell you what we think we can win for you. If you want to hire us, we’ll give you our zero fee guarantee, which states that you won’t have to pay for any services. We will cover the costs of the case and will only get paid if we win. If we lose, we take no money tat all, and you walk away without owing us any money.
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