Every summer, thousands of us head to music festivals across the country, whether you’re heading up to Scotland or down to London. Music festivals can be small or large, they can involve camping or be a posher affair – but they all have one thing in common; they’re the opportunity to see some of your favourite bands, live. But what are some of the dangers of music festivals, and what can you do if you’ve been injured?
Drunk and disorderly
- Injured by other people. Alcohol is usually flowing at music festivals, which could mean you’re unlucky enough to be injured by somebody else who isn’t paying attention. From stage divers to drunken people stumbling over your tent, you may be lucky enough to escape with cuts and bruises, but equally you could be seriously injured.
- Hearing loss. Standing too close to overly-loud amps and speakers could affect your hearing, and the event organisers could be at fault if there has been loud feedback and your hearing has been affected, either in the short-term or permanently.
- Food poisoning. As you chow down on a burger or hot dog, food poisoning is likely to be the furthest thing from your mind, but it can happen – and the results are not pleasant, especially if you’re camping. Vomiting and diarrhoea usually subside within 48 hours, but in rare cases medical attention may be needed.
- Slip or trip injuries. Muddy fields, wet stairs, uneven ground – these are all recipes for a slipping or tripping accident. If somebody else is to blame for your accident, you could find yourself eligible to claim compensation, particularly if your injuries are serious.
- Crush injuries. Music festivals often attract big crowds, and depending on the venue, you could be injured if you’re knocked to the ground or crushed by other people. Crush injuries can include things like fractured or cracked ribs, even a punctured lung.
The aftermath of your
music festival accident
Even if you’ve never considered the dangers of music festivals before, the worst could still happen, and it’s the aftermath of your accident that could determine how much compensation you could receive. For example, if you’ve suffered a serious injury after a slip or trip, you may need medical treatment and time off work. Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation for your pain and suffering as well as any loss of earnings. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim – or take the 30-second test on our website, to see how much you could be entitled to claim.
Category: Event claims