Monday, December 17, 2012

Potential Injuries At Music Festivals

Brought to you by our friends at Thompsons Scotland solicitors

The social experience of attending a music festival for friends may well be a significant factor of all injuries sustained at the events.  Many people wait months for the chance to visit a music festival and they see it as a time to both let their hair down and have lots of fun.  The dangerous cocktail of people letting their guard down and dangerous or unfamiliar environments can spell out a nightmare of injury and illness at music festivals.

There are a myriad of ways that we can pick up injuries and illness at festivals, most of which are made all the more dangerous in the presence of alcohol.  Festivals are nothing like going for a drink at your local pub or even at a nightclub, they are inherently unfamiliar surroundings which might change year on year.  Even people who are re-visiting their favourite festivals will experience some disorientation with re-arranged stages and campsites.

Being in unfamiliar surroundings, especially when separated from friends, can be very stressful and trying on festival-goer’s mentality.  Most of the action takes place after dark at festivals and this makes even the simplest of tasks difficult.  Trying to find ones tent amongst a dark campsite can find you tripping and falling, potentially onto broken glass or other sharp objects.

With festivals now catering for over 100,000 people, the venues are being increasingly cramped and crowded.  Barriers that keep the public away from the musicians can often cause injury through the press and crush of the crowd.  Flailing arms and elbows whilst dancing in such a small space can cause a problem as can slips and trips which put you on the floor amongst hundreds of people.

Another feature of injury at festivals is the ever popular ‘crowd-surfing.’  This involves somebody being lifted up and ‘surfing’ around on top of the crowd, with everybody underneath bearing their weight.  This represents a serious risk to both parties, the surfer and the crowd beneath them.  Being dropped from six feet in the air can cause serious injuries to any part of the back, but a swinging leg can cause dangerous head injuries and even blindness if it connects with an eye. 

Trying to cram a weekend’s worth of supplies in a bag light enough to carry around the campsite is no simple task.  You always find yourself weighed down and lugging too many possessions and you probably don’t realise that you’re risking injury to yourself.  Whiplash on your back, stretched and pulled muscles and sprains are all potential upsets when you carry heavy loads.  When next you start to pack for your festival, consider investing in a backpack which is designed to spread the load across your back and shoulders. If for any reason you get an injury and would like to discuss your claim options you should contact Thompsons Scotland as soon as possible.

Byline:   This article was a guest post from Thompsons Scotland.

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