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Floridians Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Getting Hurt at Live Events
The air is festive, the drinks are flowing, and adrenaline levels are high. Getting injured may be the last thing on your mind when you attend a concert, ballgame, or other special event, but unfortunately, such accidents are all too common in Florida. In fact, the conditions at many concerts, festivals, and sports venues can turn them into breeding grounds for accidents and injuries.
Think about it. They are big. Crowded. Attendees may be experiencing all kinds of emotions. Or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Or both. Workers and performers will be hyped up and stressed about making sure everything goes as planned. Then, there’s the risk of faulty electrical equipment, fires, and other facility hazards thrown into the mix.
Considering the environment, it’s no wonder that grave injury and even death are a frequent occurrence at live events. Because of this, what was supposed to be a special night can quickly transform into a tragedy if an accident occurs. It is something the lawyers at The Injury Law Firm of South Florida have seen again and again.
If you have recently suffered an injury at a live event, you may be shocked, traumatized, and overwhelmed with medical bills. However, if you are like many event goers who get injured, it may not have even crossed your mind to seek legal damages for your suffering – and you really should consider it.
Our Florida injury attorneys have helped with many cases like these, and they understand what Florida laws say about the responsibilities of venue owners and event officials to keep attendees safe. Even if you are not sure whether or not your accident was caused by another’s negligence, you owe it to yourself to talk to us and learn if we believe someone else can be held legally responsible. A seasoned event injury lawyer will be able help you fight for the compensation you need so you can focus on recovery and move forward with your life.
Common Causes of Injuries at Live Florida Events
Research the different types of injuries that occur at live events and you will find documentation of just about everything – from explosions to mass tramplings. Accidents happen for many reasons, but too often serious injuries and deaths occur because of venue operators’ or event managers’ gross negligence and disregard of safety procedures in pursuit of higher profits.
Common causes of accidents at concerts, festivals, sports games, and other special events include:
- Safety violations. This could include violation of building codes, health codes, or fire safety codes.
- Staffing violations. A venue or event manager may hire an insufficient number of staff or fail to provide proper training. Similarly, those in charge could fail to perform adequate criminal background checks.
- Alcohol overservice. This occurs when a venue serves a guest an excessive amount of alcohol that results in injury to themselves or another guest.
- Insufficient security. This could include failure to conduct checks for guns, weapons, or drugs.
- Property hazards. A venue can become dangerous due to malfunctioning elevators, escalators, guardrails, and so on. Similarly, potholes, slippery floors, or worn carpeting could lead to slip and fall accidents.
What You Need to Know about South Florida Live Event Waivers
Aware of the risks facing attendees, event managers and venue operators often include a waiver of liability on tickets. A typical waiver of liability might say something like:
“By purchasing tickets for this event, I willingly and expressly assume full responsibility for normal risks of injury or harm associated with musical events and social activities. I hereby fully release, discharge, and agree not to sue the venue or any of its affiliates or employees for any and all claims, causes of action or liability for any injury, loss or damage sustained or incurred by me arising out of or in any way associated with attendance at or participation in the event.”
The waiver found on tickets for concerts, festivals, sports games, and other events is an example of an exculpatory agreement, a clause that relieves one party from liability for personal injuries sustained by a patron or guest.
Does this mean it will be impossible for you to sue for compensation? Not necessarily. Too often, event-goers are deterred from filing a personal injury claim because of the liability waiver on their ticket, but do not let these flimsy waivers frighten you away from seeking justice for your injury.
First off, in order to be considered valid, a liability waiver must meet the following conditions:
- The waiver must describe its terms in a way that is understandable.
- The waiver must state the terms plainly, without being vague.
- The waiver must not permit the circumvention of its terms.
- The waiver must explain terms in specific language.
If your attorney can show that a waiver is unclear, ambiguous, equivocal, and non-specific, the waiver may be rendered invalid. Moreover, even if a waiver meets these requirements, there are many scenarios where it may be found unenforceable by courts or an accident would not be protected by a liability waiver.
Quite simply put, there are certain rights that cannot be waived in Florida. In our state, liability waivers cannot prevent you from filing personal injury claims associated with intentional misconduct, such as gross negligence, recklessness, defective equipment, inattentiveness fraud, assault, and more.
Fighting a liability waiver can be challenging, though, and typically requires guidance and advocacy from a lawyer. If you have been injured at a concert, festival, sports game, or other event that required you to sign a waiver, give us a call so that we can talk over the details.
The South Florida Injury Law Firm Protects Those Who Have Been Injured at Live Events
The tough and talented attorneys at The South Florida Injury Law Firm have been advocates for Florida families for years and aren’t afraid to take on even the most challenging of cases. We will stand up to bullying corporations and event venues to earn you the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Contact The South Florida Injury Law Firm today for a free, no-risk initial case evaluation. If you do choose to hire us, we will work with you on a contingency basis and won’t charge you any legal fees until we negotiate a full and fair settlement on your behalf.