Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Music festivals can damage your health, claim lawyers

By guest columnist Cleland Thom
Summer means music festivals. Dangerous places.

So dangerous that a firm of Washington state lawyers have published a safety guide for headbangers who get banged heads.

And they even invite them to get in touch if they want to sue the perp.

Messina Bulzomi Christensen, from Tacoma, warn of the following dangers at that music festival near you:

· Being struck by flying bottles and other objects

· Tripping and falling over unmarked obstacles

· Alcohol poisoning

· Drug overdoses

· Arrest for drug, alcohol, indecency and public order offences

Personally, I thought these were the only reasons you went. But hey, my last festival was Woodstock.

The firm’s spokesman said: ‘Festival organisers owe a duty of care to their attendees.

‘If you sustain a personal injury at their festival that could have been prevented had they been more responsible, you may be entitled to compensation.

‘If your injury was caused by another concert attendee, you may be able to bring a claim against him or her.’

The company advise music lovers to write down details if they’re injured, and contact a personal injury lawyer. Preferably them.

Their website adds: ‘MBC has handled many premises liability and recreational accident cases and can answer any questions you might have with regard to a music festival injury.’

Cleland Thom is director of CTJT, who provide online journalism courses

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