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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

R&B Singer Akon Faces Worker’s Compensation Claim after Concert Worker Became Permanently Disabled

The Senegalese-American R&B singer and hip-hop recording artist Akon was hit with a worker’s compensation claim after a concert worker sustained personal injury and became permanently disabled.

According to reports, a concert employee named Matthew Graham has recently filed the lawsuit against the Akon. The lawsuit alleges that Akon negligently made a stage dive. He leaped into the over-crowded concert-goers and struck Graham during the singer-song writer’s show at BayFest music festival in Alabama way back in 2009.

As a result, Graham allegedly sustained severe injuries to his knee, back and head which led him to be physically disabled now. Nevertheless, he doesn’t further disclose the extent of his disability according to media sources.

Now, Graham is seeking for unspecified damages for medical expenses, lost wages, physical and mental sufferings. BayFest, Inc., was also named in the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by Graham’s lawyer, he claimed that he and his client, Graham, hope to achieve fair and adequate compensation for the tragic incident.

On the other hand, calls to Akon’s party were not yet returned, reports said. Meanwhile, although many concert-goers and performers enjoy stage diving as it makes both parties get the chance to get closer with each other.

Getting injured in the workplace could definitely result in to worker’s compensation claim. Under the labor code, when an employee gets hurt or sick due to work-related causes, the employer is required to pay for worker’s compensation benefits, explained by a Los Angeles employment lawyer on a related note.

Based on its definition, worker’s compensation is provided in lieu of the employee’s right to sue the employer for tort or negligence, he further noted.

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