“I went to have dinner at a restaurant in Seoul with a friend,” James said about the accident in a recent interview. “I opened the door and looked around for my friend, who had arrived before me. Then the steel frame and glass wall crashed down on me. The glass fell on my head and the sharp frame crushed my left shoulder and wrist.”
Sounds about what most expected went down in regards to how the injury was described, as one of those metal windows crashing down on a person would seem to do it.
But the injury was certainly a ton worse than the public was led to believe.
The bass guitarist lost consciousness and was forced to have an eight-hour surgery to reconnect his wrist. The doctors had told him that he might always suffer from the pain of severed nerves and gave him the option of completely severing the wrist and using a prosthetic instead. He refused because he didn’t want to stop playing music. Due to heavy bleeding and the long surgery, he also had to receive blood transfusions until the edema in his artery healed.
“It’s like a knife is pressing into my skin,” James said of his injury. “I can’t forget the nightmare of that day.”
Understandably, everybody has been asking why the hell they weren’t suing the restaurant, but it turns out they had their reasons for delaying it.
His agency said, “After the accident, the restaurant attempted to have an amicable discussion through a lawyer. But how can you compensate for the future of a musician who knows nothing except music? We held back while we weren’t sure how his injury would affect his music career, but we will now start legal proceedings.”
Nobody knows the details of the case yet since even they appear to be in the information gathering stage right now, but I can’t imagine a metal and glass door crashing down on a random person would not be somebody’s negligence, whether it’s the restaurant or the building owner or whoever. So at a glance, they would appear to have a case, even though nothing could make up for what was lost, as they said.
Just a terrible feeling reading about how all this went down.