From Lollapalooza and South-By-Southwest to Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, the United States is filled with venues used for hosting musical and other performing arts events. Throughout the year, people flock to these venues to catch the latest and greatest top performers. Having a large gathering of persons in a venue can, unfortunately, lead to injury for some, including some that are severe or even deadly. If this occurs, retaining the services of an experienced premises liability attorney can be crucial to receiving compensation for costs relating to one’s injuries.
Unfortunately, due to the law at the time, a Springfield man was able to only recover the legal maximum of $100,000 (a year later the law was amended to allow a recovery of up to $2 million) as a result of injuries he suffered from a 25 foot fall at the Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield, which occurred as the man was actually trying to save another concertgoer who suffered fatal injuries.
The phrase “premises liability” refers to the body of law which governs who is responsible for the costs associated with an individual’s injuries while on a property. Although the most common types of injuries in these cases are slips, trips, or falls, injuries can occur any number of ways – such as dog bites, swimming pool accidents, fires, entrapment (such as falling down a hole or suffering ground collapse), and exposure to toxic gases or chemicals....