Charles Nicholas Sarris has filed a lawsuit against a Los Angeles equipment supply company that was hired to make a giant novelty tongue slide for pop star Miley Cyrus’s new Bagerz tour.
According to a report on TMZ.com, Sarris says he was hired to help with the slide construction, but was badly injured on the job.
He alleged that he was not provided the tools and equipment he needed for the job, which caused him to fall and suffer serious injuries.
Sarris also claims that the company, ShowFx Inc., failed to warn him about the potential dangers involved with the job. He is seeking unspecified damages.
Cyrus has been “making a grand entrance on to her Bangerz tour stage by
sliding down the inflatable tongue, which hangs out of a massive projection of her own face,” according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Cyrus’s video twerking and sticking out her tongue at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards went viral last year. Rolling Stone reports that Sarris’s incident is not the first reported injury associated with the Bangerz tour.
During the Anaheim show on February 20, opening act Sky Ferreira fell during her first song and cut her leg open. She was hospitalized later and got 60 stitches.
Personal Injuries on the Job
When a worker suffers a personal injury on the job, a number of questions must be asked in order to determine how the accident occurred and who should be held responsible.
Was the worker trained for the job? Did he have the proper tools and equipment for the job? Was he provided with the safety equipment needed to do the job? Was he or she supervised? Were there any other dangerous conditions at the worksite such as live wires or floor openings?
Compensation for Injured Workers
When a worker is injured on the job, he or she can seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and a portion of lost income.
In addition, a worker may also file a third-party claim against a party other than the employer. Examples of third parties include contractors, sub-contractors, property owners and manufacturers of defective products.
Injured victims or families of those who are killed on the job would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.