A legal battle has erupted in Newport, California after it is alleged that a school boy suffered a serious eye injury, after a violin he was using snapped – sending a tail-piece tuning screw into his eye.
The lawsuit claims the 14 year old was using the violin at the Ensign Intermediate School, on March 3, when a tuning screw tore loose from the instrument’s tail piece striking him in the eye ball at force.
It’s alleged the metal object caused a traumatic cataract and corneal abrasion in his right eye – requiring expensive and painful surgery.
It’s understood the family are seeking unspecified damages – including the reimbursement of US $30,000 in medical expenses.
In the landmark case, the family’s lawyer, Brian Easton, will allege that the school district and the school’s violin teacher were negligent in maintaining the school-owned instrument.