Trade shows are marketing, networking, and business development opportunities. These events offer businesses an opportunity to promote their goods and services. They also feature seminars and demonstrations, allowing professionals to learn about the latest trends in their field. Trade show exhibitors, vendors, and attendees benefit by forming business connections, discovering new products, and exploring new business opportunities. 

The U.S. trade show industry was worth $6.5 billion in 2021. Business-to-business (B2B) trade shows are so popular there are approximately 7,000 trade show and convention planning businesses in the United States as of 2023, including businesses that host trade shows.

Host sites, exhibitors, and vendors are all potentially liable for trade show and convention accident claims, making it difficult for injured parties to know who’s liable.


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    I suffered a trade show injury. Who’s responsible?

    Under U.S. premises liability law, property owners are responsible for acts causing injury that occur on their property if they fail to take reasonable measures to eliminate hazards. When the property owner fails to take reasonable steps to provide a safe venue, they may be liable for your injuries. 

    Premises liability cases typically focus on the property owner’s liability. However, there may be factors that mitigate the venue owner’s liability when a person is injured on their property. For example, the venue owner might have no liability if they were unaware of the potential hazard. A trade show injury victim needs a Las Vegas premises liability lawyer to handle their case to prove the property owner was or should have been aware of the hazard but failed to take steps to eliminate the safety risk.

    I was injured at a business conference. Who’s responsible? 

    Injuries can occur anywhere, including business conferences. Whether you were injured at a trade show, business conference, or concert, determining liability begins with understanding the nature of the injuries and their cause. 

    Duty of Care

    Suppose you were at a business conference and tiles fell off the ceiling. The tiles struck you when they fell, causing injuries. Premises liability law infers the liable parties would be the property owners because they have a duty of care to ensure they maintain a safe property

    Reasonable Culpability 

    Culpability determines the percentage of responsibility a party has for events that occur. When tiles fall from a ceiling and strike business conference attendees, the venue may be fully or partially culpable or have no liability.

    Suppose the venue hired contractors to repair the ceiling before the event. The contractors assured the venue they’d completed the repairs and that the ceiling was safe. An investigation revealed the contractors used the wrong materials to secure the tiles. In that case, the contractors may be liable for the injuries.

    Suppose another attendee threw something at the ceiling, causing the tiles to fall. In that case, sole liability may fall on the attendee who threw the object. However, suppose the venue knew the person would throw objects at the ceiling and permitted this action without ensuring the objects wouldn’t dislodge the tiles. In that case, the venue may be fully or partially liable.

    Who Stands Liable for Concert or Event Injuries?

    Concerts and events often attract thousands of attendees. Concerts may be featured events during a trade show. Several parties could be responsible for injuries occurring at a concert or event, including the following:

    • Trade show organizers
    • Venue owners
    • Event planners
    • Event security
    • Attendees
    • Performers

    An investigation may be required to assign liability. For example, suppose someone performing at a trade show concert encouraged the audience to engage in actions that caused injuries. The performer may be solely liable. However, suppose the actions caused injuries because the event planners exceeded the venue’s capacity. In that case, they may be partially or solely responsible for the injuries. 

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    What kind of attorney handles trade show premises liability cases?

    A personal injury lawyer has appropriate case law training to handle premises liability cases. Injury attorneys use several titles, including store injury attorney, dog bite attorney, and slip and fall lawyer. Their title refers to the nature of the injury case they’re handling. 

    You may also benefit from working with a lawyer experienced with other types of personal injury law. A dog bite attorney with premises liability experience might be the best option if you suffered a dog bite at a dog training convention. At the same time, you should talk to the best car accident attorney Las Vegas has to offer if you were at an auto trade show and a vehicle struck you.

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    How can Adam S. Kutner help you with your trade show injury? 

    Our legal team is standing by to discuss your case. We’ll listen to your account and explain your options. Once we’re on the case, we’ll investigate all parties with potential liability and fight for you to receive 100% of the compensation you deserve.

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    Premises Liability. (2022).
    Search Legal Terms and Definitions: Duty of Care. (2023). 
    Trade Show and Conference Planning in the U.S. – Number of Businesses 2005-2029. (2023).

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