Miguel's Leg Drop Victim May Have Suffered Brain Damage

Lawyer says tests will determine if a lawsuit is needed.

Posted: 06/04/2013 09:12 AM EDT

 (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

As promised, the lawyer for Khyati Shah, the young woman who was underneath Miguel's accidental Billboard Music Awards leg drop, is seeking feedback from medical providers to determine if legal action will be taken.

Vip Bhola, Esq. told TMZ that Shah may have suffered brain damage. "Some of the difficulties she's experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury," he said.

Bhola also implied that Billboard may have been negligent in their ice pack response (Shah was photographed with Miguel backstage after his performance holding an ice pack up to her arm). He said she should have been rushed to the hospital.

Miguel was was performing "Adorn" at the BMA's last month (May 19) when the incident occurred. He later told BBC Radio 1Xtra that he felt it was his professional duty to continue singing. "There's a natural inclination to make sure everyone is OK, but then there's like 'the show must go on' [mentality], which is professionalism, so that kicks in," he said.

He said immediately after his performance, he wanted Shah to seek medical attention. "As soon as the camera goes off, I'm rushing to the girl, making sure she's OK, saying 'Let me take you to the infirmary,' talk to her ... I haven't watched it, but I remember the feeling, just standing there, not knowing what to say ... It was the most awkward thing but I'm glad she's alright. At least everyone got a good laugh out of it."

The backstage photos show both smiling and laughing. Miguel called her his "new friend" to inquiring reporters. He tweeted, "Thank goodness Khyati is OK."

Bhloa said that he expects the test results to come in from neurologists next week, and that it is Shah's decision whether or not legal action will be pursued.

 

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