Farriss was sued after his left ring finger was broken in a horrific boating accident.
After losing a legal battle against vessel owners and operators, Tim Farrisss, the founder guitarist of new wave icons InXS is pondering his next move.
Farriss initiated proceedings after his left ring finger was broken in a boating accident in Sydney’s Akuna bay in January 2015. It was caught in a chain while he tried to drop anchor.
The rocker was admitted to the Royal North Shore hospital and underwent several operations to reattach his digit.
However, the damage is irreversible. His representatives told the NSW Supreme Court that seven years later, the finger was essentially “useless” and he is now in “forced retire”. Adrian Williams, Farriss’s barrister, stated to the court that the finger is “in a condition now where he can’t play guitar.” The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Montana Productions, the artist and his company sued the Omega Clipper’s owners and a boat charter firm for negligence in relation to the incident.
Farriss’s legal team claimed that he did not receive adequate instructions about the operation of the anchor or related machinery. It should have been maintained better and the risks should have been highlighted better, according to court records.
Farriss claimed damages totaling A$622,000 (or $434,000).
The court heard during a six-day hearing held in August and September that the onboard anchor could possibly be activated with a button.
Farriss denied pressing the button. Justice Cavanagh, however, sided with defendants and wrote that the “obvious explanation for what happened” was that Farriss had stepped on it while he was still holding the chain.
Cavanagh stated in his judgment that “In circumstances where the plaintiff bears responsibility for establishing breach or causation, uncertainty about what actually occurred does not help the plaintiff.”
Farriss was ordered to pay the costs of the defendants, but he remains positive despite this result.
Farriss states that “Regardless of today’s outcome, I took this matter to raise awareness about a very dangerous situation” and to make sure other families don’t have to witness or endure such an accident.” Billboard viewed Farriss’ statement. “Needless, I must say that I am disappointed by the verdict and am looking into my options.”
Inxs’ body work was originally formed in 1977 in Perth (Australia) and was led by Michael Hutchence. It has sold more that 30 million albums around the world and includes six U.K. Top 10 albums ( Welcome to Wherever You are reached No. In 1992, it was No. 1 and five of the top 20 U.S. albums.
The group’s fame was at its peak in the 1980s and 1990s. They were often referred to as the “biggest” band on the planet. In 2001, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. This was four years after Hutchence’s death.
After touring 2012, the band continued with a rotating lineup of frontmen before calling it quits. INXS’s “career retrospective INXS” – The Very Best snared a piece in chart history last year in Australia. It was certified “diamond” for having moved more than 500,000 units.