At Ashby Thelen Lowry, our Georgia personal injury attorneys know that there are typically some risks associated with attending a concert, music festival, or another event where thousands of people are gathering in the same place, at the same time.

Outside of the inherently long lines, close quarters, and cramped parking, the reality is, people can get hurt when these events are not properly organized. When they do, the circumstances of the incident that led to the injury will determine whether the venue owners, operators, event organizers, or another third party is liable for any injuries that occur.

Georgia’s Premises Liability Laws Extend to Concert and Event Venues

Our premises liability attorneys in Georgia understand when venues host large groups of people for concerts, festivals, and other events, they have a high duty of care to protect the attendees.

When our Georgia residents attend these events, they are considered invitees, which means their safety is — or should be — protected by the organizing parties.

This means the venue owner, operator, or event organizer must maintain the property, hire adequate security for crowd control, property and attendee inspections, and prevent criminal activity from occurring on the premises to maintain the safety of all who attend the event.

Likewise, premises owners must maintain certain safety codes including obeying all fire regulations and providing medical tents or access to emergency medical care.

Suffice it to say, large-scale events require hundreds of people to coordinate each aspect of the concert, festival, or event. When one party fails to uphold their duty of care for the individuals in attendance, the negligent party may be held liable for their injuries.

Why Do Injuries Occur at Concerts, Festivals, and Other Large Events?

When hundreds or even thousands of people converge for a concert or another event, there are multiple ways people can get hurt, due to no fault of their own.

Some of the more common examples of injurious circumstances may include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol Sales Violations: All guests must provide proof of ID before purchasing alcohol to ensure everyone who is drinking is at least 21 years old.
  • Dangerous Premises: Faulty escalators, stairs, scaffolding, props, speakers, and walkways can cause serious injuries to those in attendance, typically without notice.
  • Negligent or Inadequate Security: Failure to screen attendees for weapons, harmful objects, and drugs could lead to violence, criminal activity, sexual assaults, and poisonings.
  • Safety Violations: When health, building, and safety codes are breached — including blocked emergency exits or significant overcrowding — people are going to get hurt or killed.
  • Security Staffing Violations: Insufficient staff or security, lack of training, failing to conduct proper background checks, or circumstances that leave attendees vulnerable to physical attacks or sexual assaults can occur anywhere in the venue.

If you have been injured because of another party’s negligence at a Georgia event, the property owners, venue operators, event coordinators, and other organizing parties may share liability for your damages.

Contact our skilled Georgia premises liability lawyers and support team today at Ashby Thelen Lowry at (404) 777-7771 to schedule a free consultation, so we assess your case to pinpoint which party, or combination of parties, is liable for your injuries, so we can pursue the best outcome for your unique case.

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