Pianist settles lawsuit with California theater

According to reports, a famous pianist whose fingertip was severed by a faulty bathroom door at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood has settled the lawsuit she filed against the theater and its non-profit owner. The woman's fingertip on her middle finger of her left hand was reportedly severed on April 11, 2014, when she went to the venue to attend a film screening.

The woman filed a lawsuit against the Egyptian Theatre in June 2014. American Cinematheque was also a named defendant in the woman's lawsuit. The notice of settlement was filed in court on March 24, but the settlement terms were not revealed in the document.

In addition to being a pianist, the woman also has worked as a conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. In her lawsuit, she indicated that her injury has left her with permanent numbness and pain in her left hand and that she will never regain its full use again.

When a business has an existing hazard that it either should have known about or that it did know about and fails to take corrective action, it may be liable to people who are hurt as a result. People who have a legal right to be on the premises of the business may find it advisable to file a lawsuit against the company. based on the theory of premises liability. Premises liability is grounded on negligence and a breach of a duty of care owed by property owners to invited guests and others. An attorney can often be of assistance in attempting to negotiate a settlement on behalf of an injured plaintiff.

Source: Hollywood Patch, "Acclaimed pianist settles with Egyptian Theatre for freak accident that severed her fingertip," Paige Austin, March 30, 2016

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