Ten people died and more than 300 others were injured in a sudden crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Texas on Friday, November 5, 2021.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Astroworld Festival induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know suffered a physical injury, PTSD, or death at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Class Action Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: $2 Billion Lawsuit Filed Against Travis Scott, Live Nation, Apple
On November 18, hundreds of people who were injured at Astroworld slammed Travis Scott, Live Nation Entertainment and Apple with a $2 billion lawsuit claiming that a crowd of 50,000 people was “incited into a frenzy.” The lawsuit includes 282 plaintiffs, making it the largest case that has been filed so far after the deadly festival.
2 More Astroworld Victims Die, Bringing Death Toll to 10
Two people who were critically injured at the Astroworld Festival have died of their injuries, according to local authorities. One of the victims was a 9-year-old boy who was in a medically induced coma after being trampled by the crowd. The other victim was a 22-year-old Texas A&M student who died after 5 days in the hospital, according to her family.
Dozens of Lawsuits Filed, “Hundreds of Millions” in Damages Expected
Within days of the Astroworld tragedy, at least 18 lawsuits were filed in Harris County District Court in Texas, and dozens more lawsuits were expected to be filed over the next few days. The list of defendants includes:
- Travis Scott, headliner for the Astroworld Festival
- Live Nation Entertainment, the show’s promoter and organizer
- Drake, a surprise guest during Scott’s performance
- Apple, who was livestreaming the event
- NRG Park and its security company
On November 5, 2021, eight people died and hundreds more were injured at the Astroworld Festival during the performance of rapper Travis Scott, when the crowd suddenly surged toward the stage as a timer counted down to the beginning of the performance at about 9:00 p.m.
“Mass Casualty Incident” at Houston Astroworld Festival
With an estimated 50,000 people in attendance, the fans in front were squeezed together so tightly that they could not breathe or move, according to witnesses. People began to fall and lose consciousness, which created additional panic, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told the Associated Press.
At 9:38 p.m., the event was declared a “mass casualty incident” and a report was sent to the show’s producers. Yet the show went on. The performance ended at 10:15, but during those critical 37 minutes, Drake came on stage as a surprise guest and performed, creating a frenzy in which more people were crushed.
On stage, Travis Scott clearly noticed that an ambulance had arrived, several fans were injured and being carried off unconscious. Fans were screaming at him to stop the show between songs and begging for help. Instead, he continued to perform, and more people were injured and killed.
How Many People Died?
The tragic incident claimed the lives of 8 fans, including a 14-year-old high school student. Another 25 people were hospitalized with severe injuries, such as cardiac arrest, and 300 more suffered minor injuries.
Do I Qualify to File a Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one attended the Astroworld Festival and experienced any of the following injuries, you may qualify to file a lawsuit:
- Physical injury (bruises, cuts, crushed ribs, etc.)
- Broken bones
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Cardiac arrest
Travis Scott’s History of Arrest for Urging Fans to Rush Stage, Jump Barriers & Balconies
Travis Scott (a.k.a. Jacques Webster) is known for urging his fans to cause mayhem at his shows, resulting in tragedy:
- May 2017 — Travis Scott was arrested and charged with inciting a riot after encouraging fans to rush the stage at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, Arkansas. He paid a settlement after several people were injured.
- April 2017 — Travis Scott encouraged fans to jump off a balcony at a show in New York City. One man, Kyle Green, 27, was pushed off a 3rd-floor balcony and paralyzed.
- August 2015 — Travis Scott was arrested for urging fans to jump the barricades at Lollapallooza. According to Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management: “The performer played one song and then began telling fans to come over the barricades. Due to the security’s quick response, the situation was remedied immediately and no fans were injured. The performer fled the scene and was taken into custody a short while later. He is being charged with disorderly conduct.”
Live Nation — Astroworld Concert Promoter Had History of Tragedies & Deadly Events
Events by the concert promoters Live Nation Entertainment and Live Nation Worldwide have caused dozens of tragedies, including at least 753 injuries and 194 deaths at events in 7 countries since 2006, according to the Houston Chronicle. Live Nation also paid a $50 million settlement after 7 people died when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in 2011.
What is a Crowd Surge?
Crowd surges are extremely dangerous events that can occur at large concerts when too many people are packed together into too small of a space. When the crowd makes a sudden movement toward the stage, the people in front can be shoved, trampled, unable to breathe, or crushed to death. Crowd surges are often deadly for younger fans.
Can I Join a Class Action Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas for people who were injured, suffered PTSD, or died at Astroworld.
About Class Actions
Class actions can have disadvantages for people with very serious injuries, long-term psychological problems like PTSD, and the family members of people who died. The problem is that members of a class action must typically share the payout with everyone who decides to join the lawsuit.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Our law firm in Texas specializes in filing individual injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If you or a loved one attended the Astroworld Festival in Houston and suffered any injury, we may be able to help you file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your pain and suffering, long-term injuries (such as PTSD), lost income, death of a loved one, and more.
Do I have an Astroworld Festival Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Astroworld Festival induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or died at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Class Action Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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