Every year, hundreds of thousands of pop-culture fans attend conventions associated with movies, comic books, television, and video games. These conventions are great places for people to celebrate their love of pop culture and as a way for people to dress up and have a great time. Unfortunately, like many crowded events, cons are also places where guests are prone to convention injuries. Large crowds, unmonitored areas, and the unique settings of a comic book convention can all be the cause of a personal injury. If you were injured at a convention, many factors affect the outcome of your case, and understanding them will help you decide the best way to move forward.
Large comic book conventions are often crowded since tickets sell out and venues will be at full capacity. When you’re dealing with overcrowded areas, injuries may easily occur. You may be knocked down by another patron and stepped on because of the excessive crowds.
If you are injured in an overcrowded area, your attorney will need to know several things. Along with the exact cause of the injury, a personal injury attorney examines where the injury took place, what safety measures were taken to prevent these injuries, and whether the venue was over capacity.
Attending a comic book convention will put you in the company of things you have never seen before. You may find yourself among stormtroopers, superheroes, and cartoon characters. A number of these costumes feature interactive elements, large weapons, or exposed pieces of plastic and metal. Upon entry, most venues will require a “weapon check” to validate that the weapon is not real, but this still does not remove the possibility of injury from the costume itself. Costumes are mainly hand-made and are prone to breakage in many cases. This failure to ensure the safety of costumes can play a part in injury to venue guests.
Because of the large costume sizes, you may get injured by other guests in cosplay. If you were injured by a costume, multiple factors determine who is liable. If the person is an individual, a lawyer may hold them liable in your case. On the other hand, if the costumed performer was hired by the convention to perform, then the convention company may be responsible for their actions.
Witness statements and video footage will often show the actions of the performer and the ways the injury could have been prevented if better actions had been taken.
Another way you may find yourself injured at a convention is through a fall injury. As hundreds of people attend a convention, papers, garbage, and food debris may accumulate on the floor. All of the garbage can create a dangerous situation that may cause you to fall.
When attending a convention, you should not have to worry about falling and suffering from an injury. An attorney can help break down the cause of the injury, ways it should have been prevented, and the long-term impact of your injury.
As you deal with your injuries, an attorney will focus on finding the liable parties associated with the case. Liable parties may include people or companies not directly associated with your injury.
In some cases, the venue hosting the convention may be at fault for improper building facilities. For example, if a stair rail breaks or a door malfunctions, the venue may be held liable in the injury case.
In other cases, the event hosts may be found liable. For instance, if the convention had an unsafe staging area you were injured on, then the companies hosting the event may be held liable. Breaking down all these different options ensures you are seeking out the proper damages from the right parties.
When all of these elements are considered, you may be able to get a settlement for your injury. At The Cochran Firm – Huntsville, we can look at all the factors and help you to move forward with your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.