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An actor was seriously hurt while performing on-stage in the Broadway show “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Said Playbill (8.18.13), the actor’s leg got caught in a mechanical stage lift and he suffered serious leg trauma. This incident is a reminder that theatre jobs come with a wide variety of dangers, said New York lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
“Accidents in professional theatre can result in injuries that are as serious as those in jobs like construction,” said Perecman.
Personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand there are risks of slips, trips and falls in professional theatre. For example, a performer could misjudge the amount of stage space and fall to the ground. Heavy lights, electric cables, and other equipment also pose an element of risk to theatre professionals. Other serious injuries actors suffer may be caused by repetitive strain after from doing the same movements over and over in rehearsal and on-stage.
In 2010, a stunt man in the Spider-Man show fell 30 feet off the stage and ended up with a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae, reported Playbill.
“Theatre safety considerations include avoiding risks, guarding against recklessness, being aware, and observing safety precautions. Following these basic rules will result in a safer theatre environment,” said Perecman.
For more than 30 years, the New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm have aggressively helped seriously injured people and their loved ones obtain compensation following injury accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The Playbill story cited is “ Following Injury of Actor Daniel Curry, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Will Resume Aug. 16; Actors’ Equity Responds”.