Something needs to change to reduce the risks to concert goers who are only looking to have a good time and not cause any trouble.
Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
A Southern New Jersey man has died of injuries sustained in an altercation in a parking lot outside a Jimmy Buffet concert this past week. ABC News* reports that Ryan Coyle, 20-years-old, died Friday evening at Cooper Hospital in Camden from trauma suffered after 21-year-old Matthew Shields allegedly punched him. Coyle reportedly fell and struck his head on the pavement of the Susquehanna Bank Center’s parking lot after the alleged blow by Shields. This is the second instance of significant injuries occurring at concerts held at the Susquehanna Bank Center this year. In June, brawls in the parking lots surrounding the venue during the WXTU Anniversary Concert led to 163 arrests and multiple injured victims, according to ABC News**. New Jersey personal injury attorney Richard Hollawell represents John Sweeney, an alleged victim of the reported violence at the WXTU Anniversary Concert. Hollawell sees a possible pattern emerging with concert venue security and the rise in alleged violent acts.
“Our client is very lucky to be alive,” said Hollawell, partner at Console & Hollawell P.C. “Proper planning and adequate security levels are so important for preventing assaults and injuries at these large concert events. Venues are taking serious risks when they don’t have enough security personnel to maintain order at their concerts, even in the parking lots.”
According to court documents, Sweeney sustained multiple broken bones in his face, including his jaw and eye socket, as the result of repeated blows suffered from several alleged attackers. The firm’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of Sweeney, names several parties as defendants, including concert promoter Live Nation Worldwide, Inc., the Susquehanna Bank Center and WXTU-FM.
John Malone’s Liberty Media own 25 percent of Live Nation, a corporation responsible for promoting concerts and entertainment events at venues across the country, according to the Wall Street Journal***. Partnered with Ticketmaster, Live Nation processes millions of digital and paper ticket purchases every year. CNN Money**** ranks Live Nation 450th on its 2012 list of Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Second-quarter revenue in 2012 for the company registered at $5.5 billion, according to Bloomberg Businessweek*****. Hollawell, and his team of Voorhees personal injury attorneys, see a potential disconnect between sizeable company profits and security concerns.
“Concert promoters are raking in millions of dollars at these events and people are reportedly getting assaulted,” said Hollawell. “Something needs to change to reduce the risks to concert goers who are only looking to have a good time and not cause any trouble.”
Since 1994, the personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell P.C. has helped more than 5,000 accident victims across New Jersey obtain proper compensation for their injuries and related damages.
Docket # Camden County Superior Court # L-3100-12