If I’m putting together a concert, what legal issues am I looking at if someone got hurt?

I’m signing a contract with the venue. This is my first time doing this so please let me know what I’m looking at here.

Asked on August 23, 2013 under Personal Injury, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If someone is injured at an event you put on, then you could be liable, or financially responsible, for their injuries, including medical costs, if they were hurt due to any negligence (or carelessness) on the part of yourself, your employees, or anyone contracted with you (e.g bands). You can reduce your exposure by having anyone working with or contracting with you (like the bands) agree (in writing) to indemnify you (re-pay you) for any injuries or damage they cause; by making sure they have their own insurance; and by having people working with you or  contracting with you sign releases that they will not sue you for their own injuries or losses. You should also speak with an insurance broker about having adequate insurance. And you should probably create and do this through an LLC, or limited liability company, rather than in your own name, since having an LLC will help insulate your personal assets from any judgment or liability.


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