Man suing Dave Matthews Band for stage injury

| Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

An Esplen man is suing the Dave Matthews Band for what he claims was negligence when one of their roadies caused him to fall off the stage.

Richard Lynham, identified as a rigger/stagehand for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local No. 3, said in civil court documents that he was helping complete the rigging system on the roof of the stage at PNC Park on July 9, 2010 when an employee of the band known as “Hank” physically moved him, causing him to fall 6 feet off the stage.

Lynham said the fall injured his lower back and left hip and broke his left arm, an injury for which he has undergone multiple surgeries, including the implantation of metal rods and screws to help with healing. He is seeking in excess of $25,000.

Representatives for the Dave Matthews Band, which is playing at the First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday, could not be reached. Lynham's attorney, Kenneth R. Brannigan, declined comment.

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