DJ Paul van Dyk is awarded £10 MILLION damages after he broke his back and suffered brain injuries when he fell through a hole in the stage at a Dutch music festival
- German DJ Paul van Dyk fell 33ft through a hole in the stage at 2016 festival
- Fell into coma, suffered spinal and brain injuries, needed three months recovery
- He has been awarded £9.6m ($12.6m) in damages from Dutch events company
DJ Paul van Dyk has been awarded £9.6million ($12.6million) in damages three years after he fell through a hole on stage during a music festival in the Netherlands and ended up in a coma.
The 47-year-old German dance music icon broke his back and suffered brain injuries when he fell 33ft through a concealed gap during his set at the A State Of Trance festival in Utrecht in February 2016.
Van Dyk, whose real name is Matthias Paul, initially fell into a coma, and needed three months of recovery in a Dutch hospital.
Bass drop: DJ Paul van Dyk is seen moments before his fall, having stepped out from behind the decks and onto the front of the stage at A State Of Trance in Utrecht in February 2016
Fall: Video shows the DJ as he falls through a concealed gap and plunges 33ft to the ground
Video footage of the the EDM icon’s set at A State Of Trance shows him walking out from behind the decks and across the stage – and suddenly disappearing.
The DJ fell nearly 33ft, through a gap in the stage which had been concealed with fabric.
He suffered substantial brain and spinal injuries, and temporarily required a wheelchair before learning to walk again.
The accident saw him unable to return to touring until June that year and caused a ‘significant delay’ to his next album, which was subsequently released in 2017.
Van Dyk sued A State Of Trance organizers ALDA Events B.V., and won $12,588,643.45 (£9,617,031.22) in damages this week, The Blast reports.
The 47-year-old German DJ, whose real name is Matthias Paul, initially fell into a coma, suffering serious spinal and brain damage, and needed three months of recovery in hospital
Van Dyk, pictured in 2017, was unable to resume touring until later in 2016, and sued A State Of Trance organizers ALDA Events B.V., and won $12.6m (£9.6million) in damages this week
The court found that the events company had not designed the stage to be safe to stand on, but had not communicated this to Van Dyk ‘despite knowing he had a rowdy set’.
The $12.6m (£9.6m) includes $2m (£1.53m) for future medical expenses and $1.2m (£920,000) for lost profits in the years immediately after the incident.
He was also awarded $2.475m (£1.89m) for losses in the next decade and an additional $5.5m (£4.2m) for ‘other damages’.
Van Dyk is one of the most famous and successful DJs in the world, and is one of the few to be named World’s Number One DJ twice – in 2005 and 2006.
The veteran electronic music artist and producer is best known for such songs as ‘Another Way,’ ”Talking in Grey’ and ‘Face to Face.’