Four plaintiffs signed up Friday to share their experiences. Some suffered physical injuries, others are still haunted by mental trauma.
HOUSTON – More than 200 concertgoers who claim to have been injured during the Astroworld Festival tragedy have filed suit through the offices of lawyers Ben Crump and Alex Hillard.
It is in addition to dozens of other lawsuits filed by other firms.
Crump confirmed that they now represent 93 new victims in lawsuits filed Friday. Hillard said a lawsuit alone has 90 plaintiffs.
“No one should ever die from going to a concert, so this lawsuit is not about getting justice for them, but it’s about making sure the organizers and the organizers know that you can not allow this to ever happen in the future, Crump said.
The lawsuits claim that the victims suffered various mental and physical injuries as well as mental trauma. Four customers appeared during a press conference on Friday to share their experiences.
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Gertrude Daughtery, a 59-year-old grandmother, said she was on the ground for more than 15 minutes when she called for help. Crump said she left with injuries to her shoulder, legs and ankles.
“I literally thought I was going to die,” Daughtery said. “I never thought it would be such a disaster to go out for an entertainment. It was a nightmare that I will never forget. I can not sleep at night, every time I close my eyes, I see it.”
Uniqua Smith, 34, said she was on the left side in front of the Utopia Mountain stage when Travis Scott began performing.
“I remember being crushed from all sides by human bodies all around me,” Smith said.
She said people around her were struggling to stay standing, some seemed to be struggling to breathe. And as she tried to get out of the crowd, Smith said she came across a woman who had become unconscious.
Smith, who is the mother of teenage twins, said she was trapped in the chaos with no phone service or way home until about 6 p.m. 02.45.
“There was no taxi service, so I was literally like I was trapped in the center of myself where I literally know no one,” Smith said. “It really was one of the most traumatic experiences.”
VIDEO: Astroworld Festival victim Uniqua Smith, 34, describes the attempt to escape the crowd and be stranded in “chaos and madness” for several hours.
Among Crump’s clients is Ezra Blount, a 9-year-old boy who remains in the intensive care unit of Texas Children’s Hospital after being trampled.
The lawsuits are against Live Nation, the largest event promoter in the United States, and lead artist Travis Scott.
The law firms got independent investigators to go to NRG Park and investigate the area where the festival was being held. Crump said they described the plot as a “war zone” filled with clothes, shoes and other personal belongings.
Hillard said the clients “underwent over 45 minutes of torture as they tried to escape and felt trapped and felt they would lose their lives.”
“There was no plan in place for this to happen,” Hillard said. “They are legally obligated as organizers, risk directors, security personnel to protect over 50,000 people, and they did not have a plan.”
VIDEO: Astroworld Festival victim Reyna Iraheta, 25, explains she had security issues in the hours leading up to Travis Scott’s concert.
Hillard said the private medical company the organizers hired was “extremely understaffed” and equipped.
The Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department and other agencies are continuing to investigate the mass incident that left nine people dead and several others in life-threatening condition on the night of November 5th.
HFD confirmed at 300 concert-goers were treated on site at field hospitals.
Crump has a website for people who want to submit claims related to the festival. He expects hundreds of other people to step forward.
VIDEO: Astroworld victim Gertrude Daughtery, 59, sustained multiple injuries during the crowd. She said “it was a nightmare I will never forget.”
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