Comedian George Wallace has been awarded $1.3 compensation for a leg injury at the Bellagio Hotel after a jury hearing at the Clark County District Court in Nevada.
Wallace (61) made his compensation claim for a leg injury at the Bellagio Hotel after tripping over wires and rupturing an Achilles tendon during a private show at the Bellagio resort in July 2007 for an HSBC Card Services Inc. corporate audience.
At the time the claim was made, both the Bellagio Hotel and HSBC denied their negligence for causing Wallace´s injury; but – prior to the start of the court hearing – Wallace and the HSBC came to a private settlement of compensation for a leg injury at the Bellagio Hotel.
The Bellagio Hotel maintained that they were not at fault for the comedian´s injury and alleged that Wallace was the victim of his own carelessness. Furthermore the Hotel claimed that Wallace suffered from a pre-existing ankle injury that led to a spontaneous rupture of his Achilles tendon when he tripped.
However, after two weeks of testimony at the Clark County District Court and twelve hours of deliberations, the jury returned a majority verdict in favor of Wallace and awarded him $1,308,500 compensation for a leg injury at the Bellagio Hotel; which consisted of $1.2 million for lost income, $100,000 for pain and suffering and $8.500 for medical expenses.
Speaking after the verdict, Wallace – best known for his portrayal of Jerry Seinfeld´s friend – admitted that he had asked for more compensation for a leg injury at the Bellagio Hotel (his lawyer had asked the jury for $7.1 million), but that the case was not about the money and he was satisfied with the jury decision.
He added that he would be glad to work at the Bellagio Hotel again if the opportunity were to present itself.