Concertgoers Hospitalized Following Logan Square Music Hall Ceiling Collapse

When you visit a commercial space or building, whether it be a super market, department store, or entertainment venue, as a paying customer (known as an invitee under legal tort theory) you have the right to expect the building and land to be free from dangers and to be able to have a safe visit under the law of premises liability. Because your visit is providing the landowner or manager with business, you have the legal right to the utmost care under the law to be both made aware of and protected from known or obvious dangers. This means that managers must consistently and regularly check the premises and immediately remedy any hazards. Common examples of this include salting and shoveling grocery store parking lots in winter or mopping up accumulations of water at entrances. However, dangers are not just limited to instances of natures but dangers that lie in the building themselves and that should be remedied by the owners or managers of the commercial building.

A Chicago concert venue has been at issue for premises liability as of recently for personal injuries that several concert-goers suffered after the roof collapsed during a show at a Logan Square theater, known as the Concord Club. Reports by the Chicago Tribune say that the loud music and bass contributed to the collapse of the ceiling that left three people with neck and head injuries. Building owners have closed Concord Club until further notice, and city officials will be investigating this incident. A structural engineer conducted a preliminary investigation determined that music vibrations contributed to collapse of the ceiling.

What you probably, and rightly so, notice as strange here is that loud music should be no surprise to a concert hall. In fact, loud music is a regular occurrence at such a venue. Because that is so, an invitee to a concert hall should expect that the venue should be properly maintained for such conditions, such as high volume and bass because music is the purpose of the establishment and to be expected. These deductions go to the heart of premises liability theory. Because a concert hall has experience hosting shows with loud music, owners and managers ought to know what music can do to infrastructure, have the proper infrastructure installed, and routinely check on the premises to ensure that are no hazards to invitees. Where a commercial building owner or manager fails to do so, they have breached their legal duty to care for those who visit the venue.

To be successful in a premises liability case, the plaintiff must prove that the property owners created unsafe conditions or failed to inspect and maintain the property. If you have suffered an injury on commercial property that is due to the negligence of the building operators or managers, you may have a legal claim against them and could recover costs for medical bills or lost wages. You can call our firm for a free consultation, and our attorneys will be happy to discuss your case with you and may be able to help you obtain compensation for your hardship.

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