ASBURY PARK (CelebrityAccess) — An Exeter man has been awarded $2 million after he was injured in a stage diving incident at New Jersey’s Asbury Park.
According to court filings, 46-year-old Jason Kooken suffered spinal injuries at a punk rock show at the Asbury Park Convention Hall on April 2, 2017.
Kooken claims that as the show was winding down, he was in a crowd near the stage when a fan who had climbed up onto the stage flipped off into the crowd and landed on him.
As a result of the encounter, Kooken claims he suffered damage to his spine.
As a result of the injuries, Kooken underwent several surgeries, including a spinal fusion and required rehabilitation and physical therapy.
The suit alleged that concert promoter Asbury Audio “failed to prevent concert-goers from climbing onto the stage and ‘stage diving’ onto other patrons in the crowd.”
Also named as defendants in the suit were Asbury Park Convention Hall and its owner, Madison Marquette Inc. However, the promoter agreement with the venue indemnified them, the Asbury Park Press reported.