10 Jul 2017
Festivals are great, particularly in the summer months. Whether it be national or locally managed events, nothing beats live music, sleeping under the stars, celebrity spotting and above all creating lasting memories.
But what happens if the reality doesn't live up to the dream? What happens if you have an accident or become unwell?
Elizabeth Rimell, Partner and Personal Injury Solicitor, explains what you can expect from event organisers and what you should do if something goes wrong.
Event organisers and venues have a duty of care to ensure your safety at concerts and festivals. These responsibilities are wide ranging and include providing enough stewards to control crowds, security to remove troublemakers, and ensuring the necessary first aid is available should someone become ill or is injured.
The venue should be well maintained so safety is paramount, this includes ensuring there are no slip or trip hazards and that fire safety regulations are adhered to. Food and drinks vendors should meet all hygiene and safety regulations and facilities such as toilets should also be regularly maintained.
Unfortunately, there are instances of negligence resulting in accidents or injuries for festival or concert goers and organisers or venues could be liable.
Common injuries include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Crushing injuries
- Ankle injuries – particularly from falling in mud at festivals
- Head injuries
- Food poisoning
These types of injuries and illnesses are easily avoidable and are often caused by the organisers or venues having failed in their duty when they are planning the event.
If you have experienced any injuries at a concert or festival contact Elizabeth Rimell on 01905 727700 to discuss if you have a potential claim.