Olivia Keenan | Trainee Solicitor

Personal Injury during Festival Season

For some of us, summer is the chance to escape everyday life and jet off somewhere exotic. For others, summer is festival season. Whether you’re dancing in the rain at TRNSMT, or setting up camp at Glastonbury, there is something for everyone.

However, with thousands of music fans coming together in a crowded environment and people drinking one or two more than they ordinarily would, unfortunately, festival conditions sometimes prove favourable for accidents that can result in personal injury.

Festival organisers and landowners have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the people attending the event and – most of the time – they fulfil this duty. However, on occasion, there are instances of negligence resulting in accidents or injuries for festivalgoers. If you have suffered an injury whilst at a festival as a result of the negligence of the organisers, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Alternatively, you may have been injured because of the actions of another festivalgoer. If this is the case, you may be able to bring a claim against them.

So, what accidents typically occur at festivals?

  • 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

What do I do if I’ve been involved in an accident like this?

  •  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.
  • Contact our team of expert lawyers online by clicking here or speak to a member of our specialist team on 0333 331 6796.
Olivia Keenan

Olivia Keenan

Dispute Resolution Team

'The best part of my job is building a relationship with my clients and assisting them through a difficult time, ultimately achieving the best outcome possible for them.'

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