Cellist Wins $11 Million In Slip-And-Fall Incident
A slip and fall injury is one of the most common kinds of injuries seen in emergency departments, representing 12% of total falls. Fractures are the most commonly seen injury in all falls, occurring in 5% of all people who fall. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, floors and flooring materials account for more than 2 million fall injuries each year. The total cost of injuries caused by falls is estimated to be $13-$14 million per year in the United States. They are the number one cause of accidental injuries. Disabling occupational injuries due to falls cost approximately $250,000 to $300,000 per year.
The New York Post reports that a celebrated cellist has won $11 million in a devastating slip-and-fall lawsuit.
Last Friday, cellist Jessica Elkhatib was awarded $11 million in the Westchester County Supreme Court following a fall at Balducci’s gourmet food market. The injury inhibits her ability to play the instrument she is celebrated for playing.
Elkhatib fell on black ice in the parking lot of the market in January of 2016. In the incident, she injured her elbow, fractured her right shoulder, and herniated a disc in her spine. The injuries left her unable to play the cello for longer than 10 minutes without experiencing pain or numbness.
Elkhatib is a 16-year veteran elementary school orchestra teacher. She has also played in the Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” Orchestra, on one of Beyonce’s albums, and has performed on Saturday Night Live.
The award, a total of $10.9 million, is for past and future pain and suffering, past and future lost earnings, and future medical expenses.