“This is something I’ll have nightmares about for the rest of my life.”
Those are words you might expect to hear from the hundreds of attendees left injured or traumatized by Live Nation in the wake of Astroworld Music Festival. They’re not what you’d expect to hear from a medical professional like Alex Pollak, the CEO of ParaDocs, a New York-based medical company hired by event organizers to provide medical support.
Pollak and a team of 70 staffers, according to an Insider report, were collectively responsible for providing medical support for the event, which had more than 50,000 people in attendance. The “nightmare” was how he and his staffers were supposed to save lives when things were so disastrous that 11 people went into cardiac arrest at the same time.
The CEO and his medics were performing CPR on the back of an ambulance cart as they tried to get through the crowd, but lack of space due to poor venue design made it nearly impossible. While the medics were trying to save attendees’ lives on the cart, thousands more were caught in a crowd crush that killed 10 people and injured hundreds. The youngest fatality was a 9-year-old boy from Dallas.
Live Nation Is Ultimately Responsible for Medical Disaster
Pollak claimed that it is “standard” to staff 1 medic per 1,000 attendees at an event like Astroworld. It’s clear that standard practice wasn’t nearly enough to make up for negligent planning and execution on Live Nation’s part. The Houston Fire Department’s logs from that day reveal an event staff completely unprepared for the event they’d promoted. Before the gates were even open, security was letting people bypass basic safety procedures and ticket scanning.
Allowing a venue to fill up far beyond capacity isn’t the fault of the crowd or the medics. The responsibility falls squarely on Live Nation, Travis Scott, and other organizers behind the catastrophic event. Our Astroworld concert injury lawyers now represent over 500 attendees who were injured, and we intend to make Live Nation and other defendants answer to each and every one of them. No matter what.