Another ‘Spider-Man’ Suit

Michael Cohl along with other producers and engineers involved in the “Spider Man” Broadway musical face a lawsuit from an actor who suffered major injuries while performing in the show last year.

Photo: AP / Jenny Anderson / Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark)
Justin Matthew Sargent (L) points to outgoing Spidey Reeve Carney during a curtain call for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York Sept. 15. Carney left after 840 performances and lots of drama.

Daniel Curry “sustained fractured legs and a fractured foot, and has had surgeries and amputations” after a lift closed on his right ankle during a performance in August 2013, according to court documents.

A suit filed Jan. 30 in New York Supreme Court brings forth numerous charges against Cohl and Co., including breach of warranty, negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty and strict liability.

Curry claims the defendants designed, built, tested and operated the computer software and lifts used during the show, but knew they were not “in a reasonably safe and suitable condition and in good repair.”

Because of this, Curry “has become sick, sore, lame and disabled, has sustained severe and serious injuries, has suffered and will continue to suffer severe mental and nervous shock with accompanying pain, has required medical treatment and was and will be unable to attend to his usual duties for a long period of time,” the suit says.

The suit does not provide evidence of computer or lift malfunction.

An internal investigation by the production claimed that the mishap was caused by “human error.”

The lawsuit notes Curry spent a lot of money for medical care and attention and will require additional healthcare, attention and services related to his injuries, which he claims are permanent in nature and will prevent him from dancing or performing.

The suit seeks unspecified damages and costs related to the action.

This isn’t the first legal action “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” has faced.

A stuntman for the show filed a $6 million suit last year alleging the production was provided with improperly maintained equipment and safety devices, which led to him suffering a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees. The “Spider Man” production is moving to Las Vegas after more than 1,200 performances at the Foxwoods Theatre.