As eight hard rock bands riled crowds at the annual K-Rock Dysfunctional Family BBQ over the Memorial Day weekend, fans got rowdy, security was kept busy and three arrests were made. Our law offices have been seeing more concert injuries, especially at these types of all-day music festivals, which often involve alcohol, mosh pits, and crowds of young people who've been packed together for hours.
If you're not familiar with moshing, it is an extremely physical form of dancing, usually to heavy metal or hardcore punk music, where dancers freely push, bump and run into each other in an area known as a mosh pit. Moshers can get very aggressive and at times the pushing and shoving can spill out beyond the mosh pit and injure bystanders.
We've seen some wild videos of aggressive moshers, and while concerts have security, it sometimes seems from the videos that the security is only interested in protecting the bands and not the concert crowd.
Because moshing is such a physical form of dance that almost seems made for injuries, it is often hard for willing participants to win a case. However, many times innocent bystanders are injured.
Other concert injuries usually involve fights or injuries due to poor crowd control. It is important for these concerts to provide some safety measures, including adequate lighting, security and crowd control. Bands have also been known to unnecessarily incite crowds to get wild.
If you or someone in your family has been injured at a concert, an experienced lawyer can help you determine if you have a case. At Goldstein and Bashner, we have handled concert injuries throughout the New York metro area, including incidents at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, and The Meadowlands. We've written a free report on concert injuries. Contact us for a free consultation and we'll fully discuss your case, answer all your questions and help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. We've also written a free report on concert injuries which can be ordered from our website.