Dawn Noel Pignuela v. Britney Spears

Britney Spears was not so lucky to avoid her own notable mention in personal injury history. Ordinarily, celebrities characterize a person they’ve hurt as a fame seeker who is just looking to get a “Piece of Me.” But Spears could not claim that after accidentally punching her backup dancer in the nose on the set of a music video.

An Injury During Rehearsal

In August 2013, the “Toxic” pop singer showed up to a dance rehearsal looking disheveled and confused. She was reportedly unable to perform simple steps or learn new moves for the “Work B**ch” music video.

Dawn Noel Pignuela performed as a backup dancer for the video. At one point during the rehearsal, Spears twirled around rapidly with her arms and hands fully extended and struck Pignuela in the nose. Some people on the set heard a cracking sound from the impact. Pignuela did not ask to be hit one more time. Spears apologized.

A Broken Nose that Cost Too Much

Pignuela was in so much pain she left the rehearsal to see a doctor. She suffered a nasal fracture that would require corrective surgery. Representatives for Spears promised to pay her medical bills. Pignuela relied on this because she did not have insurance through an agency or a performers union.

Pignuela’s broken nose was actually a substantial loss in this case. The disfigurement resulting from the fracture became a problem for her upcoming television show appearances. Additionally, the breathing and sinus problems she experienced inhibited her ability to dance. Pignuela’s professional future depended on Spears paying for her treatment.

Hiring a Lawyer to Get What’s Right

Pignuela waited until May 2014 before she decided not to let Spears drive her crazy. She sued both Spears and Spears’ talent agency for battery and negligence. Pignuela’s lawyers argued Spears was reckless at rehearsal and sought damages not just for her medical bills, but also for her missed income opportunities. In November 2015, they won Pignuela a settlement so she could come out stronger.

Even if you have a minor injury, an accident can compromise your work and quality of life. If you’ve been hurt, see a doctor right away and call Sam & Ash, LLP. They are experienced personal injury lawyers who know what you deserve. Recovering compensation is often a fight against insurance companies. Even the playing field and call us now at 1 (800) 304-2000. We want you to know What’s Right.

Author: Ash Watkins

Ash started her legal career defending insurance companies against injury victims. She saw how insurance companies treated people who had legitimate injury claims. But she also saw how notoriously sleazy the personal injury lawyers were. Neither side was focused on the injured person, so she decided to do something about it.