Crowdsurfing at music festivals may be highly popular, but is also a highly dangerous activity that could lead to potentially serious injuries to both the people doing the ‘surfing’ and those standing below them.
According to an Airedale NHS Trust study, 43 people sustained crowd surfing injuries during a three-day festival, with an average crowd of 60,000 people per day, in August 2000. This study revealed that 26 out of the 43 personal injuries, 60 per cent, were to people in the crowd below, with only 17 injuries sustained by crowd surfers.
Types of injury
Crowd surfing accidents have caused a range of injuries including:
- Head and/or neck sprains
- Lower limb injuries
- Whiplash injuries to the neck and/or lower back
- Scratches and cuts caused by zips
- Spinal injuries leading to deaths
Most of these accidental injuries are the result of surfers being inadequately supported and subsequently dropped awkwardly into the crowd or onto the ground. Surfers also face the risk of losing personal belongings like phones, wallets, keys, and so on or having them stolen.
Claim or no claim
Partaking in an obviously dangerous activity like crowd surfing basically means you are accepting the possible risks. As such, crowd surfers have little chance of successfully claiming for compensation. Innocent bystanders hurt by surfers being dropped onto them, on the other hand, may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Essentially, you can claim compensation for injuries by slips, trips and falls; crowd surfing mishaps or other accidents if those incidents were caused by someone else’s mistake, inappropriate behaviour or negligence.
In addition, your injury must have occurred within the past three years. This time limit is, however, subject to exceptions. If, for example, you are a minor at the time of your slip, trip or fall, the three years will not commence until the day you turn 18.
How to claim
Slip, fall or trip injury compensation claims can be initiated by making a confidential call to Accident Advice Helpline.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice