Personal injury isn’t something that affects a few people or a certain section of society. We can all become victims due to someone else’s negligence. And the celebrities stand no exception to this too. The tinsel town has seen many personal injury lawsuits over the years. If you didn’t know about these lawsuits, here’s your chance to know all about the famous cases.
Adrian Bailey vs. Disney
Remember the cast member from the famous Broadway musical The Little Mermaid? Right after the May 10, 2008 matinee performance at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the actor fell through a trap door, injuring himself. His treatment costs were sky-high. He then had to deal with a broken pelvis and back. Besides this, he also had a fracture of the sternum, alongside the feet, wrists, etc. He had to undergo four surgeries after this grave incident.
Going by reports from Playbill, Bailey’s attorneys argued that this accident was preventable if some precautions were in place. He had looked for ‘unspecified compensation.’ But Disney often keeps lawsuits involving them under wraps. Hence, nobody had a clue about this issue, too, until 2008.
Bret Michaels vs. Tony Award Productions, CBS
The reality star and front-man of Poison, Bret Michaels, had filed a lawsuit against Tony Award Productions, CBS, way back in 2001. While performing for them in 2009, Michaels met with an accident after the backdrop lowered down, as he was about to exit the stage. He underwent treatment almost instantly, but that left him with a broken nose. Also, he had to get several stitches on his lip. However, things turned bad when he had a headache and had to go to the hospital. A further medical examination found that he was suffering from a massive brain hemorrhage.
The People magazine reported that Michaels’ hemorrhage was a rather severe one that usually arises due to head trauma. But alongside Bret, his attorney Alex Weingarten had also mentioned how they didn’t desire to file a suit, but Tony Awards’ negligence left them with no other choice. The case at present is still pending.
James Marshall vs. Hoffman LaRoche
So if you’re wondering who’s James Marshall, he is popular for acting opposite Tom Cruise, Jack Nickleson, and Demi Moore in A Few Good Men. In 1993 however, his career faced a major setback after taking Accutane, the acne medicine, and symptoms like an inflammatory bowel disease called ‘ulcerative colitis’ emanated. Such was the intensity of the situation that he had to get his colon removed due to complications in 1995. While going against Accutane makers (reputed for several such civil cases), Marshall had also testified that the facilities’ usage increased to almost 20 times!
Despite the suit made in 2006, he could finally make it through the New Jersey Superior Courts after five long years. Thanks to an actor like Martin Sheen, who proved a reliable witness and re-affirmed how Marshall lost his career, owing to the colon surgery. As ill-luck would have it, the jury passed the verdict that the actor might have had previous intestinal issues (since the time he was 18), which intensified further with time.
Grigor Balyan vs. Lindsay Lohan
Lohan’s trysts with the legal system are quite famous, and this time, it’s been a sharp drift from her issues. So a paparazzo Grigor Balyan had filed the personal injury claim against her chauffeur, Paolo Demara, and her. As per Grigor, the actress’s car had almost run on him while he was doing his duty outside Hollywood Club. The Entertainment Weekly stated that each of the defendants had acted in a rather careless, reckless, and negligent manner in handling, maintaining, and operating their automobile, which led to the accident and caused several property damages, besides personal injuries to the plaintiff.
Everyone needs to know that Lohan wasn’t in the driver’s seat when the accident occurred. But there’s no stopping Balyan, who has applied for a huge amount, possibly exceeding $25000!
Accidents are not something you should take for granted. And when celebrities experience a personal injury, they undergo similar stress and pain as the rest of us. However, their celebrity status only makes it difficult for them to stay away from the limelight to cope with their injuries. So, to think about it, it’s probably the common people like us who have it easy in certain aspects of life!