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WHAT IS ASTROWORLD?

According to the event website, Astroworld is a Houston music festival organized by American rapper and record producer Travis Scott and held on the old grounds of Six Flags Astroworld.

WHAT HAPPENED AT TRAVIS SCOTT’S ASTROWORLD CONCERT?

On Friday, November 6, 2021, at rapper Travis Scott’s 2021 Astroworld Festival in Houston, at least 8 people died and hundreds were injured. According to reports, a crowd surge triggered widespread panic, resulting in many fleeing the scene and trampling others.

At least two of the death victims at Houston’s Astroworld Festival were minors, ages ranging from 14 to 16. Hundreds of others were sent to a local hospital, where some stayed for days, according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

According to the New York Times, over 50,000 people attended the show, also known as Astroworld, and many concertgoers recounted a chaotic scene in which individuals fainted, “fought for breath,” and “struggled for life.” According to Billboard, 46 lawsuits have been filed in relation with the fatal event as of Wednesday.

Concertgoers “began to compress the front of the stage” around 9:00 p.m., according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea, who spoke at a press conference the next day. According to Houston Fire Department authorities, the deadly crowd surge caused panic, resulting in a mass casualty incident as many fans ran for their safety.

Several people suffered cardiac arrest, according to festival officials, who hailed the Houston police department, fire department, and Houston police chief Troy Finner for their “action and assistance” at the concert.

Police Chief Troy Finner announced at a press conference on Saturday, November 6, 2021, that the Department had begun a criminal investigation into the AstroWorld catastrophe involving the narcotics and homicide departments.

Unfortunately, the tragic incident at Travis Scott’s AstroWorld Festival is not the first time that the health and safety of concertgoers has been compromised at the Harris County venue.

The petition to prohibit Travis Scott concerts from taking place is still ongoing, with over 29,000 signatures. A petition organizer stated, “After watching Travis Scott’s apology video it’s very clear that he’s trying to avoid blame in the unnecessary deaths of his fans. At no point in his video “apology” did we think he was genuinely sorry for the loss of lives at his concert.”

Concert organizers are refunding prices for tickets and offering assistance to concertgoers and victims’ families. While many people were injured, others are still dealing with the trauma of witnessing and engaging in what happen during the Friday night event, which had a huge crowd rushing forward.

After the deaths at Astrowold, the rapper has turned to a controversial app for help. Free mental health counseling and a health fund to help defer medical fees and other charges are among the services provided to participants. These moves follow his prior pledge to cover all funeral costs for the families of those 8 people who died.


PREVIOUS ARRESTS OF TRAVIS SCOTT

  • The Sun reported over the weekend that video from Scott’s past performances shows him urging fans to climb from balconies or turn on security guards.
  • He’s been arrested twice for extremely violent concerts, including once for instigating a riot when he urged fans to rush the stage as barricades were destroyed.
  • In 2015 and 2018, the 30-year-old artist pled guilty to charges of public disruption at concerts.
  • Scott’s own Netflix documentary, Look Mom I Can Fly, shows him whipping up his supporters and encouraging them to push past security at his events.
  • Travis Scott invites the audience to rush the stage, like he does at many of his gigs. A police officer, a security guard, and several others were critically hurt when a mob surged the stage at Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in 2017. The film documents his arrest at the Walmart Music Pavilion in Rogers, Arkansas, during the Birdseye View tour in 2017.
  • Travis got charged with disorderly behavior again in 2015 at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.

WHAT EXPERTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CONCERT-GOER INJURIES

Crowd control measures are significantly responsible for creating unintentional injuries to people,” according to certain crowd safety specialists.

The following are a few examples of these situations:

  1. As a result of being forced and pressed against a metal barrier, injuries have occurred.
  2. Falls, such as from temporary stages and balconies, can result in serious injuries.
  3. Due to competing waves of movement, the structure is collapsing.
  4. Fans are being crushed or trampled by people rushing to the stage.

 People who are injured in a concert tragedy are frequently left with a pile of medical bills and other expenses.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a crowd surge at one of Travis Scott’s concerts, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer.

They will be able to clarify your legal alternatives and assist you in making the best decision.

Furthermore, officials now have the opportunity to investigate the situation further and begin enforcing stronger safety measures going forward. Also, there will be multiple investigations. OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) could investigate if any workers at the festival injured. According to one assessment, injuries caused by crowd management and control issues are entirely preventable. 

BRINGING A LAWSUIT AGAINST TRAVIS SCOTT AND THE FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS

The producers, promoters, performers, and subcontractors — including security services — of the Astroworld Festival likely face legal obligations in the hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of the deaths of eight people and the injuries of at least two dozen more, according to legal experts.

Many personal injury attorneys defending victims are relying on the defendant’s financial motivation at the expense of fans’ health and safety to establish their claims.

Many of these cases point to previous wrongdoing such as failing to develop crowd procedures and blaming the performers, event promoters, and others for their lack of responsibility.

According to prominent lawyers who specialize in personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability. Lawsuits against the music festival’s promoter, Live Nation, private security personnel, and operators of NRG Park, where the festival was held, will be filed as soon as Sunday or Monday.

The tragedy at Astroworld, in which numerous concertgoers were injured and killed, could have been avoided. We have a dedicated team of lawyers that will work to get you compensation for your injuries as well as emotional damages from this traumatic event.

If you or someone you know has been injured, I want to help you, Call us now for free consultation (713-974-0388). 

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