When you are looking for entertainment in Long Island, the Paramount immediately comes to mind. This music and comedy venue opened its doors in September 2011 and has already made a name for itself. It has true New York character with exposed brick walls and even famously graffitied bathrooms. However, it is often crowded and dimly lit. As a result, accidents occur. If you are injured, a Paramount Theatre accident and injury lawyer can help you recover compensation.
Types of Injuries that May Occur at the Paramount
Given the dim lighting and the generally rambunctious environment during a show at the Paramount, it is not very surprising that injuries can happen.
Whether you are standing in the general admission floor area or sitting in reserved seats, hidden dangers could be nearby. Although there is no need to contact an attorney for minor bumps and bruises, if your injuries are more serious it is a good idea to speak with an accident attorney to learn about your options and preserve your legal rights.
The following types of injuries commonly occur at locations like the Paramount and are often serious enough that you should contact an attorney:
Falling Injuries: Whether it is the result of tripping, slipping, or shoving, falling accidents at the Paramount can be quite serious. Even minor falls can result in painful injuries like broken bones, twisted ankles, or chipped teeth. Common causes of falls at the Paramount could include:
- Slippery surfaces caused by spilled food and drinks, freshly waxed or mopped floors, and snow and ice accumulation outside and near entranceways
- Tripping hazards such as torn carpeting, uneven flooring, trash, and other debris
- Dim lighting which prevents you from being able to see where to place your feet
- Shoving or jostling from uncontrolled crowds or guests visiting the Paramount
Whether inside the Theatre or on the sidewalk outside, the Paramount has a duty to keep its property free of dangerous conditions that could lead to serious slip or trip and fall accidents. For certain unavoidable conditions, such as wet floors after mopping up a spill, the Theatre must place warning signs in clear view.
Injuries from Falling or Thrown Objects: Another serious injury that could occur at the Paramount Theatre is a head injury caused by a falling or thrown object.
For example, signs, banners, or even lighting fixtures could come loose and fall into the crowd causing serious damage. Or, if management leaves the crowd unmonitored, concertgoers may throw objects like food or drinks towards the stage and hit an innocent audience member.
The Paramount has a duty to maintain overhead objects in a safe condition and has a duty to provide security for crowd control.
Elevator Injuries: The Paramount has an elevator in the main lobby which is available to transport visitors up to the main concert floor.
Under New York law, the Paramount must keep the elevator in proper and safe working order. Improper maintenance can lead to an injury. If you were injured in the Paramount’s elevator, either the Paramount or a third-party who maintains the elevator on the Theatre’s behalf may be liable for your injuries.
Assault Injuries: If you were physically or sexually assaulted at the Paramount Theatre, the venue itself may be at least partially responsible.
The Paramount has a duty to provide adequate crowd control and security for its shows, ensuring that guests have a safe visit. If negligent security contributed to your injury, the Paramount may be liable for your injuries.
Electrocution or Other Equipment-Type Injuries: Concerts require stacks of high-powered speakers which, in turn, require long lengths of power cords and electricity. If the Theatre or the musicians giving the show set up this equipment improperly, audience members could experience electrical shock or electrocution.
Is the Paramount liable for my injuries?
Liability for injuries occurring at the Paramount will depend largely on the circumstances of the injury.
If your injury was the result of the Paramount’s negligence, you will likely be able to recover compensation from management or the owners.
However, other parties, like third-party maintenance and cleaning crews or performers such as musicians and its crew members could be at fault. In some cases, more than one person or company could be liable for your injuries. An attorney can help you identify who is at fault.
Regardless of who is liable, you will need to prove that someone’s negligence was the cause of your injury. This means that someone, most likely the Paramount, had a duty to keep you reasonably safe during your visit to the Theatre and that they failed to do so. This could be by failing to keep the theatre conditions safe or by failing to warn you or non-obvious dangers.
You must also prove that the Paramount’s failure to keep you safe directly caused your injury. You must have proof of your injury.
What should I do after an injury at the Paramount?
If you believe that the Paramount or another third-party is responsible for your injury, you should speak with the Paramount’s property owner or manager. If your injuries are serious enough, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the venue.
In many cases, the venue may make you an offer quickly in the hopes that you have not realized the full value of your injuries. Before you accept any offers, run them by a concert and club accident lawyer.
If the Theatre refuses to offer you adequate compensation for your injuries, you should gather the following pieces of information:
- Copies of your medical reports
- Eyewitness testimony and contact information
- Surveillance camera video footage
- Photographs of accident area
The accident attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner can help you collect the evidence that you will need to bring a successful case against the Paramount.
Contact a New York Concert and Club Accident Lawyer
Personal injury lawsuits can be difficult to prove, especially without legal help. The concert and club accident lawyers at Goldstein & Bashner are here to help you determine who is liable for your injury.
Medical bills after even a minor accident can be overwhelming. If you were injured at the Paramount due to someone else’s negligence, you should not have to pay for the resulting injury. You may be entitled to medical expenses, lost wages for time off of work, and pain and suffering damages.
Contact Goldstein & Bashner today to schedule a free consultation: 516-874-7303.