Bronx Personal Injury & Real Estate Blog

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Renowned New York Pianist Awarded $2.5 million After Career-Ending Accident

When it comes to calculating damages in a personal injury action, lost wages and future earnings are usually included in a plaintiff’s recovery – particularly if the injury has caused permanent disability or disfigurement. And, as demonstrated by one recent case, a relatively insignificant injury to a victim’s hands or arms can actually cause the victim to miss out on the rest of his career – meaning a huge award of damages for the plaintiff.

In one recent case, a New York pianist – with notable Master’s level performances throughout the New York City area – was injured in a New Jersey crash in Parsippany, resulting in severe trauma to his elbow. As a result of the injury, the victim is no longer able to play the piano at the Master’s level, a level which had taken him a lifetime to reach.

The injury occurred in 2014, and the trial finally concluded in early March, 2016. At the heart of the matter was the value of the victim’s loss of the ability to play the piano, as well as his diminished ability to play various other instruments. During the trial, the plaintiff’s mentor – an 88-year old nationally known pianist, composer and New York University professor – described the precise hand and wrist positions necessary to play at the expert level, positions the plaintiff could no longer achieve due to his injury. Other witnesses also appeared, including an occupational therapist and an orthopedic surgeon, all of whom described how the victim’s injury would negatively impact his playing career for the rest of his life.

In the end, the jury awarded the plaintiff $2.5 million for his losses, including a substantial award for his emotional pain and suffering resulting from his future inability to play the piano. In a statement by the man’s attorney, “[t]he jury connected with what his losses were, with what [the plaintiff] deemed most passionate about his life….”

If you have suffered a serious personal injury, you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, and any disability that will affect your future employment or quality of life. You should promptly contact a dedicated personal injury attorney who will vigorously fight for your rights.

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