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Can You Sue A Venue If Someone Else Injures You There?

Many people are not aware of the fact that if another patron injures you while you are attending an event, you may be able to sue for any damages resulting from the venue's negligence. Negligence on the part of the venue means that it did not take reasonable steps to address an obvious danger or problem. Usually in the case of concerts, security should be on hand to prevent injuries resulting from crowd surfing and stage diving, as well as other unsafe behavior. If there is a lapse in security, and unsafe behavior is permitted and results in an injury, then the victim of said injury can sue the venue.

One example of this type of accident took place in 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a concert attendee staged dived into the crowd at the Neighborhood Theater, breaking the neck of another attendee, Megan Osborn.

Here are three reasons why Osborn is suing the venue for her injury:

1. Attendees were not made aware of crowd surfing dangers. Osborn says that the venue had no warnings signs, and did not otherwise notify patrons regarding the potential dangers of crowd surfing or stage diving. Given that crowd surfing and stage diving are foreseeable dangers to attendees, the venue should have provided a warning to curb such behavior and make attendees aware of any potential harm that could occur.

2. Security did not stop increasingly unsafe behavior. According to Osborn, the venue's security did not stop the increasingly dangerous behavior occurring at the concert. By allowing the stage diver to get onstage, the venue allowed the circumstances under which Osborn's injury occurred. Security is on hand in venues to prevent crowds from getting out of control, and a lapse in that control created the dangerous conditions that led to Osborn's injury.

3. Severe injuries can be life-changing. Osborn is suing the venue for $25,000. as compensation for her pain, mental anguish, doctors' bills and lost wages. It is very likely Osborn's suffering as the result of her injury will continue, and the venue should be held responsible for the trouble she currently has and will continue to experience in her life resulting from her injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact a al injury attorney. Having a personal injury attorney review your options for receiving the compensation you and your family deserves can help you get back on your feet again.

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