Jennifer Rowlinson | Associate

Festivals – What can go wrong?

Summer is finally here, and for a number of us this means that it is festival season. As enjoyable as festivals can be, though, they also create conditions that can create a high risk of personal injury as a result of the outdoor locations, crowds, equipment used and alcohol involved.

Typical accidents that occur at festivals can include:

  • Bruising, knocks to the head or neck injuries caused by large crowds;
  • Being hit by glass bottles thrown by others;
  •  Equipment or marquees falling on people;
  • Slips and trips that occur on walkways that haven’t been properly secured or in toilets that haven’t been regularly cleaned.

Festival owners and landowners owe a duty of care to those attending festivals, so if you suffer a personal injury whilst at a festival, it is possible that you may be able to make a claim against them for compensation. If you are injured due to the fault of another festivalgoer, you may be able to make a claim against them as an individual.

If you are injured at a festival and think you may be able to make a claim, you should do the following:

  •  Make a note of the details- what has happened, who was involved and were there any witnesses? Remember to note down witness contact details;
  •  Take photos of the hazard and surrounding area. With so many people capturing footage on their phones, it’s possible that someone has photos or video evidence that may be useful to you;
  • Keep a hold of your festival ticket;
  • Report your accident as soon as you can. This will help prove that the accident has occurred and can give important information as to how it was dealt with. Also note details of any medical treatment you received on site.

For further advice on making a claim as a result of personal injury sustained while attending a festival, our specialist team can be contacted here or on 0333 331 6796.

Jennifer Rowlinson

Jennifer Rowlinson

Personal Injury Team

“I particularly enjoy being involved in court hearings and helping my client’s feel supported through the court process from beginning to end”

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