What to Do if You Were Injured at a New York Fall Festival

New York’s fall festivals are some of the biggest and best in the country. Given the numerous different festivals that occur throughout the season, you’ll find live music, food, and events that can appeal to people of virtually all walks of life.

Unfortunately, Fall Festivals are not without their risk of injury. These events are often thrown together in a hurry, and important safety measures can be overlooked in the fervor. At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we have heard many stories from people who were injured at one of New York’s public parks during a fall festival. In this post we go over a few things you can do to get back on your feet when one of these accidents occurs.

Write Down Details After the Accident

Festivals can be chaotic, and accidents only intensify this feeling. It’s important to try to stay calm and take note of the details after an accident occurs.

The following are a few things you can do immediately after the accident:

  • Take note of where the accident occurred. Did it happen within the zone of the festival or another part of the park? Were there any warning signs indicating danger?
  • You should also take note of when the accident occurred. Establishing a timetable of events is very important when pursuing a personal injury claim.
  • If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident. Remember that the festival equipment will be gone within a few days. It is valuable to know what the area looked like at the time of the accident itself.
  • Gather information from any witnesses. Find out if anyone is willing to provide their phone number or email. You will definitely want to talk to anyone who was recording the event when your accident occurred.

Seeking medical care should be your first priority after an accident. While following the above steps can be helpful for your case, your attorney can perform a thorough investigation later. If a friend or family member is with you, you might want to consider asking them to make note of details for you.

You should also write down everything you can remember about the accident as soon as possible. Making a note when the details are fresh in your mind will come in handy later when your case is being more thoroughly investigated.

Who Is Liable?

The government is typically considered responsible when injuries occur in a public park. Unfortunately, this can make things difficult, as suing government entities is no easy task and most institutions are immune to lawsuits unless there are special circumstances.

During festivals, however, the people responsible for organizing the event are often held responsible for ensuring the safety of festivalgoers. Negligence is often the reason for accidents at festivals. Event organizers are responsible for posting warning signs in dangerous areas, hiring appropriate security for the event, making sure attendees can quickly receive medical care in the event of an accident, and meeting hygiene and safety regulations.

Festival organizers are not given the same protections as government entities. They are expected to uphold safety measures, and failing to do this leaves them open to injury claims.

Call (646) 461-4009 to reach our New York City premises liability lawyers if you or a loved one was hurt during a Fall Festival. To contact us online, click here.