Irish Moloko vocalist, Róisín Murphy, sustained severe damage to her eye socket while on stage during a tour of Russia in 2007. She apparently cracked her head on a chair while headbanging, causing the eye injury in the process.
After receiving emergency treatment at a Russian hospital, she was flown to the UK to undergo surgery. Several tour dates had to be cancelled.
Claim or no claim
The fact that Murphy is a professional singer means that this incident can be classed as a work accident. She obviously suffered a great deal of pain and there was also a potentially significant loss of earnings due to the cancellation of tour dates.
Headbanging can cause myriad injuries, varying in severity, including whiplash. Prominent cases of headbanging-related injuries include:
- 2005, Evanescence guitarist Terry Balsamo suffers stroke attributed to effects of frequent headbanging
- 2009, Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya requires anterior cervical fusion and discectomy after spinal problems caused by aggressive headbanging
- 2011, Guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeath, attributes his stenosis to years of headbanging
Sampler Craig Jones, of Slipknot, is also believed to have suffered whiplash after an extended session of powerful headbanging.
Medical literature includes a number of case reports indicating connections between headbanging and haematomas or aneurisms within the brain, and damage to basilar, carotid and vertebral arteries in the neck.
Occasionally fatal cases of haematoma and mediastinal emphysema have also been associated with headbanging.
Factor against claim eligibility
Considering these facts, it could be argued that Murphy’s injury was self-inflicted, as she headbanged in spite of knowing possible risks.
Factor for claim eligibility
It could also be argued that as the owners of the club knew Murphy was likely to headbang, they should have reduced her risk of injury at work by ensuring the chair that caused her injury was not on the stage.
Hypothetically, their failure to do this could be interpreted as negligence.
With 15 successful years in the claim sector, at Accident Advice Helpline we have the ability to quickly determine whether someone injured at work has a reasonable chance of successfully claiming for industrial injury compensation.
If you suffered a work related injury and are unsure whether to claim or not, call us now on 0800 689 0500 for helpful, confidential advice.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice