In 2014, nine people were seriously injured and 16 others were killed when a ventilation grate collapsed at the Seoul venue of a girl band’s concert. Among the major country catastrophes of 2014, these deaths at a South Korean music concert were reported worldwide.
The concert, which was attended by approximately 700 people, took place at a multi-purpose complex, Pangyo Techno Valley, in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Organised by the province’s government, the concert was in full swing when the grate collapsed, causing 25 victims to fall over 10 metres down into a parking area. Twelve of the victims, most of whom were students, were killed immediately, with two others passing away on the way to hospital. Two students are believed to have died while receiving medical assistance at the scene.
An investigation into the tragedy revealed evidence of both structural flaws within the building and, as the report states, ‘lax management controls’. The sad deaths of 16 young people also prompted a promise by the South Korean government to review national standards, as it was clear that the scale of this tragedy was contributed to by poor regulatory oversight.
Every one of the nine people injured by falling through the hole created by the collapsing grate and, of course, the families of the students who were killed in this disaster could in theory be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Claims could be filed against the organisers of the concert and/or against those responsible for the safety and maintenance of the building.
Any claim for compensation, whether for injuries sustained by slips, trips and falls or by any other accident in public places, at work or abroad, makes it necessary to first of all establish who was responsible for the incident causing the personal injury.
If someone else is responsible for your injury by a slip, trip or fall, you could be entitled to make a claim. it is therefore, necessary to collect evidence to support your claim. Such evidence may include photographs of the scene; witness statements and contact details; medical reports showing the extent of your trip, slip or fall injury; receipts for any expenses incurred as a result of your injury by slipping, falling or tripping, etc.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice