Pennsylvania: Attendee Injured in Church Concert Mosh Pit

Britney Buscaglia

A 21-year-old man sued a church where he attended a band concert after the man was injured in a mosh pit--an area where concert attendees crash into each other. Plaintiff entered the mosh pit and was knocked down. Another individual fell on top of Plaintiff, causing a fracture to Plaintiff's wrist. Plaintiff underwent open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture. A second surgery was also required after the initial fixation failed. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant-church failed to supervise the event, allowing the formation of the dangerous mosh pit. Defendant argued that Plaintiff assumed a risk of injury and that it halted the activity as soon as it was detected. The jury found Defendant-church 65% negligent and Plaintiff 35% comparatively negligent.

Settlement: $60,000

Champlin v. Abundant Life Church Uniontown