Individuals who head out to an arena, stadium, or other concert venue expect to visit a facility that is well-maintained and adequately designed for the crowds and experience expected at the location. Essentially, all concert-goers expect that their price for admission will go towards paying for a facility that will allow them to enjoy the show and remain safe and free from danger throughout the performance. For the most part, concert promoters do a relatively good job with show safety as thousands of events occur each year with minimal or no incidents.
Unfortunately, a recent accident at BB&T Arena, located just across the river from Philadelphia in Camden, where a railing collapsed is a reminder that serious accidents can occur at any time. Even more regretfully, this particular accident did produce a number of serious injuries with dozens of individuals seeking medical treatment. If you were injured on someone else’s property or at an event, contact a Philadelphia premises liability attorney of The Reiff Law Firm to get the compensation you deserve for medical bills and suffering.
How Did the Rail Collapse at Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Concert Occur?
The BB&T concert facility is set-up in a fashion that is probably familiar to most people who have attended a concert. Essentially a lower bowl of assigned seating is separated from an upper general admission lawn area by a concrete pathway. The incident here involved the people who were sitting at the bottom of the lawn where the general admission area meets the metal barrier separating it from the pathway.
Apparently, during the show the performers had moved to a secondary stage that was set up on the concrete pathway between the lower assigned seating area and the lawn. The performers, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, were on the second stage when one of the performers appears to yell “Stand up!” Shortly after yelling “Stand up!” the railing in front of the concert-goers appears to buckle under the weight and pressure of hundreds of observers pushing up against it. As the rail collapses, one can see dozens of people tumble forward and fall roughly five to ten feet from the lawn onto the concrete pathway.
What Injuries Occurred Due to the Railing Collapse?
The concert was stopped abruptly due to the incident and organizers originally promised that the show would be restarted. Unfortunately, the number of injuries was significant. One eyewitness claimed that she saw at least three people taken away by medics and more than 20 people limping around or with other injuries. In fact, injuries were so numerous that first responders set up a triage area to treat injured concert-goers near the venue‘s parking area.
According to Camden County spokesperson, Dan Keashen, in all, 42 people were injured due to the railing collapse. A spokesperson from Cooper Hospital in Camden indicated that about 20 patients came to the emergency room for treatment for injuries ranging from cuts and scrapes to broken bones.
At What Types of Shows Is a Rail Collapse Most Likely to Occur?
In light of the number of serious injuries caused by this railing collapse, it is reasonable for people to consider ways they can minimize their risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some people may believe that their risk can be mitigated simply by avoiding certain types of events. There is some logic in this type of approach because one is unlikely to experience an injury of this type if they are in areas where crowding does not occur or at events where there is an ample amount of space. A risk minimization approach of this type may work, but it will also likely limit the experiences you attend.
However, as far as only attending shows of certain music types, this approach is probably less likely to be effective. While people may assume that a greater risk for injury exists at a hard rock or rap show, injuries due to overcrowding can occur at any type of event. For instance, at even a classical music concert a panic can set off a stampede that leads to serious injuries. Essentially, the issue that exists is more related to the number of people present in a particular area or facility and less related to the type of concert or show.
Injured At An Overcrowded Concert or Sporting Event? Contact a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries due to a concert venue or stadium’s failure to plan and account for crowds, a premises liability attorney of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. If you have suffered due to a railing collapse injury, stampeding crowd, or another crowd-related injury you may be entitled to compensation. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call (215) 246-9000 today or contact us online.