If you or a loved one has sustained injuries because of the negligence of others, please contact the legal advisors of W.T. Johnson, who will support you and help you build your case.
Throughout the year, several music festivals, concerts, and outdoor events are being held all over the country. It is a wonderful time to celebrate music and socialize with others, but sometimes it is also an unfortunate time to be injured and hurt in the process. Should you find yourself on the wrong side of the fence, take note of the following steps to help you out.
Take note of what (or who) caused the injury
Take note of the circumstances surrounding the accident – what were you doing, where were you going, and what happened that caused the injury? Were you hurt by another person, or did something malfunction and hit you? Noting the information down immediately lessens the risk that you will forget important facts, making it more difficult to prove liability if you decide to file a claim.
Find out the venue’s owner
If you decide to pursue a personal injury complaint, it might be a good idea to first know who you will be suing. Accidents that happened in music festivals are likely to have the venue’s owners as part of the defendants. Moreover, if you find that the venue is government-owned, you need to learn about the more specific rules when it comes to filing a claim against the government, as the rules are not necessarily the same as with private individuals and organizations.
Take pictures of your injuries, and any damaged property as a result of the accident. You may also take photos of the scene where the accident happened. Furthermore, look for witnesses and ask for footages of surveillance cameras around the vicinity. Chances are, the volume of people present in the festival could yield several witnesses that could support your case.
Approximate the damages
The term damages can cover a lot of things – medical expenses, damaged property, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. Furthermore, you can also include lost salaries, earnings or income if the injuries render you unable to work. Moreover, if the accidents caused fatalities, the surviving family can also file for damages due to the loss of companionship or the loss of a loved one. Use a worksheet and the help of a reputable personal injury lawyer to help you through the estimation.
Think about your case – should you pursue it?
While accidents and injuries are painful, frustrating and debilitating, it is not always a candidate for a strong personal injury case, especially if the damage is minor. When thinking about whether you are to pursue a case, think of the following:
- Do I have a good cause?
- Will I agree to a settlement or should I proceed with a lawsuit?
- Will I be able to collect any kind of judgment?