In the world of theatrical productions and other theatrical events there is a debate over electronic theatre controls. An electronic theatre is a combination of a projection device such as a laptop computer combined with an electronic projector and speakers.
The electronic theatre control consists of a microchip that receives inputs from the projector and speakers, then sends the information to the speakers. These electronic theatre controls provide performers the ability to use the sound and light effects of a live performance.
Electronic Theatre Controls Lawsuit
There have been some instances in which performers have sued manufacturers or operators of electronic theatre devices, claiming that the quality of their performances was damaged due to faulty equipment. In these instances, the plaintiff’s attorneys often demand that the courts require the manufacturer or operator to post a $5,000 bond or provide liability insurance.
Many other types of performers and entertainers, however, choose not to deal with the electronic theatre events industry at all, due to the possibility of frivolous lawsuits. One of the possible reasons is that some performers do not want to deal with technology that they feel may be unable to deliver the high-quality productions that they desire.
Other plaintiffs in the electronic theatre event industry have sought damages for situations beyond their control.
For example, in one case, a violin player claimed that he had damaged his hand playing the piano due to poor equipment. In another case, a violin player was injured while playing on an electronic keyboard. And in yet another case, a pianist was killed when his electric piano keyboard was plugged into an amplifier and then into a speaker system without taking care to ensure that the amp had sufficient power to handle it.
The court in this case found the manufacturer of the electronic equipment in question to be liable for failing to take reasonable precautions for ensuring that the keyboard would not exceed the maximum level of power that it was designed to handle.
Litigation is sometimes difficult to prove.
Plaintiffs are usually required to show that they had a duty or that the defendant failed to act reasonably in a reasonably foreseeable manner. Some plaintiffs in this litigation are successful at trial, but then lose the case at the appeals court level. This can be very frustrating for plaintiffs because they often do not receive the settlement they were expecting. It is very important that plaintiffs keep track of all correspondence regarding their case.
There are also two common errors that can lead to this type of lawsuit.
One is the failure to maintain adequate insurance. Some equipment owners will attempt to avoid the purchase of insurance because it will cost them too much money. However, if there is no insurance, a lawsuit can be filed in order to obtain the compensation that the victim is entitled to. Many people are unaware of the importance of obtaining the right kind of insurance when using electronic theatre equipment.
The second common error is the failure to use quality control.
Many operators are less than scrupulous when it comes to the way that they operate the equipment. However, operators who are less than honest can still cause damage to the performance capabilities of the electronic theatre. The operators’ manual should contain detailed instructions on how to use all electronic theatre accessories and devices properly.
These manuals should also instruct the operators on how to report any problems that they notice with the equipment to the manufacturer or vendor. If an operator does not follow these instructions, they could subject the company or organisation to a lawsuit.