Texas music fans might be interested to learn that a 24-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit over injuries she suffered at a 2016 Drake concert in New York City. Drake, Madison Square Garden, a venue employee and music promoter Live Nation are all listed as defendants in the suit.
According to the claim, the plaintiff, a resident of Staten Island, attended Drake’s concert at MSG on Aug. 8, 2016. During the event, she claims she was maliciously struck in the head with a beer bottle with no provocation. The attack left her with a traumatic brain injury that causes seizures. As a result, she is unable to attend medical school and now faces a “precarious” future.
The lawsuit blames Drake, MSG and Live Nation for overcrowding the venue, serving alcohol in “excessive amounts” and serving drinks in glass bottles rather than much safer plastic cups. It further blames the defendants for failing to provide adequate security for the event even though Drake concertgoers have a history of becoming violent. A representative of MSG responded to the suit by saying the venue is reviewing the plaintiff’s claims and that it takes patron safety seriously.
Live event venues are legally required to maintain a safe environment for guests. If this requirement is not met, an injured victim has the right to pursue compensation through a civil lawsuit. Legal counsel could recommend suitable remedies for an injured concertgoer. One possibility could be to file a premises liability claim against the promoter or venue that seeks compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental suffering and more.