New York Classical Pianist Awarded $2.5M for Car Crash Injuries

February 26, 2016

A classical pianist from New York City who hurt his elbow in a car accident and can no longer play at the level he mastered has been awarded $2.5 million by a New Jersey jury.

The award was against a motorist from Rutherford, New Jersey. The Daily Record reports a Morris County jury made the award earlier this month to 47-year-old William Finizio.

Finizio told investigators he was driving on Route 80 in Parsippany, New Jersey, when a car struck his vehicle in November 2011.

Finizio’s attorney, Gregg Alan Stone, tells the newspaper playing piano wasn’t Finizio’s primary job but rather something that “defined him as a person.” Stone says the crash has hurt Finizio’s ability to play classical piano, guitar and other instruments.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 9:06 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
    Simple Agent wrote: "I can play the trumpet and it doesn’t define me as a person". In a way it really does. I think even the most casual reader on this forum is aware of you... read more
  • February 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm
    Agent says:
    So the claimant said playing piano wasn't his job, but it defined him as a person? Hello! I can play the trumpet and it doesn't define me as a person. Wonder if the other p... read more
  • February 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm
    steve says:
    being "awarded" $2.5 million and "collecting" $2.5 mil are two different things. not many motorist carry that level of liability; not many have that much in personal assets.
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