You’ve been looking forward to hearing your favorite band perform all month. After a tough week at work, all you want is to let loose and live carefree. But then, out of now where… the sky is falling and you’re running for your life.
This is the story that many are telling after the Apollo Theatre roof collapsed in Belvidere, Illinois on March 2023.
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Several Injured in Collapse at the Belvidere Apollo Theatre
Around 260 people went to see metal bands Revocation, Morbid Angel, and Skeletal when a tornado ripped through the area causing the roof to collapse.
According to the Boone County sheriff’s office, the collapse resulted in 28 injured and 1 dead. The question many are asking now is, who was at fault for this tragedy and what does the law say about premises liability at music venues?
The Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers has stepped in to hold the Apollo Theatre accountable for the injuries caused by their negligence and intend to defend any victims injured while simply trying to enjoy a concert.
Premises Liability at Music Venues
Music concerts are often wonderful and memorable experiences. However, hosting live events and large crowds often pose unique risks and potential hazards. According to the Illinois Premises Liability Act, music venues have a duty to provide a safe environment for patrons, performers, and staff. Failure to fulfill this duty can result in legal consequences.
When the Apollo Theatre at Belvidere roof collapsed, the venue ignored severe weather warnings and allowed the concert to go on despite the dangers of the storm. This is unacceptable and if you were involved in this accident or something similar, seek help from an attorney today.
One common area of concern in music venues is the maintenance of the premises. It is crucial for owners and operators to regularly inspect and maintain the property to identify and address any potential hazards. This includes ensuring that walkways and staircases are properly illuminated, flooring is in good condition, and any potential tripping or slipping hazards are promptly addressed.
Additionally, music venues should have adequate security measures in place to prevent incidents such as assault or theft and to handle crowd control effectively. In the Apollo Theatre collapse, there is evidence that the roof was not properly maintained, leading to the collapse and subsequent injuries and fatalities.
Duty to Warn
Another significant aspect of premises liability at music venues is the duty to warn. Owners and operators must provide appropriate warnings to attendees about potential risks and hazards associated with the venue or event. This can include notifying patrons of uneven surfaces, low-hanging structures, or potential exposure to loud noises.
Compensation Available for Injured Concert Goers
In cases where a music venue fails to meet its obligations and someone is injured as a result, premises liability laws may come into play. In Illinois, injured parties may be able to seek compensation for
- medical expenses
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- other damages resulting from the negligence of the venue
It is the venue’s responsibility to keep attendees safe from harm while on their premises. Injured victims should not carry the financial burden to recover from injuries sustained due to the venue’s negligence.
How Can a Premises Liability Lawyer Help?
Premises liability laws exist to protect Illinois citizens so they can feel safe attending events in their community. If you’ve been injured at a music venue or festival, consider reaching out to a premises liability lawyer to understand your rights. At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we fight to protect victims who have been injured by a property owner’s negligence.
An experienced attorney will be familiar with premises liability laws and understand the complicated inner workings of a claim on your behalf. Your attorney will help investigate the accident, gather evidence, and calculate the compensation you may be owed for your injuries.
Don’t go it alone. Call today for a FREE consultation at (312) 600-6000 and learn why many say… Larry wins!