For most people, there are risks every day of being injured on someone else's property. A judge has awarded a woman over $1 million in damages when she was injured on someone else's property. The site of the injury was a concert held at a Pennsylvania venue that featured an unexpected stage dive by the lead singer of the performing band.
At one point during the concert, the lead singer dove off the stage and hit the plaintiff. She claims she suffered severe physical injuries to her upper body as well as some ongoing mental difficulties as a result. The immediate injuries were serious enough that she had to be transported from the concert by ambulance. She says the concert continued without any concern shown toward her and that she has never received an apology from anyone representing the band.
The woman first filed a lawsuit against several entities, including two members of the band. A settlement was reached with several of the defendants but not with the band members or touring company, so she requested the claims be dismissed without prejudice. She later filed another suit claiming negligence and other allegations against the band and touring company. As they did not respond to the allegations, a default judgment was entered.
A person who has been injured on someone else's property has the right to seek compensation, as this woman did. Property owners can be held responsible for unsafe conditions that they know or should have known about. In this case, the owner of the concert venue stated that no one had ever attempted a stage-dive there before and he had no knowledge the singer had plans to incorporate that in his act. As Pennsylvania has its own particular laws on pursuing reparation for these types of injuries, researching the legal options would likely be the best first step in assessing the viability of pursuing a claim for monetary damages.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Concert-goer injured during Fishbone stage dive awarded $1.4 million, Jon Campisi, Feb. 19, 2014