Country Music Group Sued for Negligence in Stage Collapse Accident

Georgia law requires commercial and private property owners to maintain safe properties for people who are legally on the premises. Most properties are subject to safety codes or regulations requiring the property owner or manager to prevent negligent exposure to harmful or injurious situations. Premises liability claims may hold these property owners or managers liable when someone is injured due to hazardous, unsafe or dangerous conditions.

If you have suffered a serious injury on someone else's property, a premises liability attorney at Shane Smith Law can review your accident and injuries to determine if you have a reasonable case against the property owner involved and advise you of your legal rights.

Seven people died and many were injured when a stage collapsed due to extreme winds at a State Fair. Three of those who were injured in the collapse and the estates of three who died are suing the country music group Sugarland for premises liability and wrongful death violations.

The plaintiffs allege in their lawsuit that the company that erected the stage rigging was responsible for the collapse. State Fair officials claimed in a deposition that the band resisted requests to delay the start of the concert because of weather reports indicating threatening weather. Attorneys representing Sugarland claimed that the winds that caused the accident were an "Act of God." 

Property owners or managers can be held responsible for injuries or deaths that occur on their property. This is especially true if an owner knew or should have known that a danger existed. Testimony given at deposition acknowledged that State Fair and band officials knew about bad weather warnings before high winds caused the stage to collapse. Victims' claims can be for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident meet with a Clayton County premises liability lawyer. Call Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.

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