Caroline Indio: 24-Year-Old Woman Identified As Caroline Seriously Injured In Accident At Coachella Music and Arts Festival After Being Hit In The Head By Falling Balloon Prop
INDIO, CALIFORNIA (April 24, 2019) – A 24-year-old identified as Caroline was seriously injured at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival inside the Sahara tent after being hit by a falling balloon prop.
Kristin, who is a close friend of Caroline, said that she was dancing in the back of the tent when the accident happened. Caroline was knocked unconscious following the accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
She was rushed to the ICU in Palm Springs where she underwent brain surgery. Caroline’s family is asking anyone that may have information about the accident to reach out to News Channel 3 reporters.
This accident comes shortly after another person died at the Empire Polo Grounds, which took place shortly before Coachella. There is an ongoing investigation into how the balloon prop came loose.
Liability In Coachella Accidents
Festival organizers have a legal responsibility to take steps to make sure that their property is reasonably safe. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” This includes making sure that guests are not hit by falling objects. There are a number of sources of potential negligence if a guest is hit by a falling object including:
- Subcontractor errors
- Faulty machinery
- Bad weather
- OSHA violations
- Improperly secured bolts
Victims that are struck by falling objects often suffer traumatic brain injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.” Even victims that make a full physical recovery can be left with ongoing psychological ailments including post-traumatic stress disorder. Some symptoms of PTSD may include:
- Unwanted flashbacks of the traumatic experience
- Avoidance of people, places, sights and sounds that are reminders of the event
- Hyper-vigilance and constant alertness of threats
- Feelings of detachment from people and emotional numbness
According to one study from Northwestern University, the lifetime costs associated with treating a serious brain injury can reach as high as $3,000,000. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of festival organizers may have the ability to pursue a bodily injury claim for damages. Damages can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A premises liability attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your options are. An attorney can make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved and that your rights are being protected.
Getting Help After an Accident At Coachella
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Caroline and her family as she continues to recover from this accident. It is our sincere hope that all witnesses will come forward for the sake of the victim and her family. There needs to be some accountability for this horrific accident. Someone could have easily been killed.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured while attending the Coachella Music and Arts Festival you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical care and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about a particular accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.