Byrd Theatre plans to appeal $750,000 court verdict

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The historic Byrd Theatre in Carytown plans to appeal the $750,000 award a jury decided it should pay an injured organ repairman.

David Barnett, of the Organ Historical Society, sued the Byrd, saying a loose floor plank caused a fall where he lost vision in his right eye.

The defense lawyer for the Byrd Theatre Foundation argued the Foundation was not aware of the loose plank because Barnett had worked on the organ many times and was brought in to inform the theater what repairs the organ and organ chamber needed.

The attorney says the Byrd's insurance will cover the entire $750,000 verdict if it loses the appeal, and therefore should not impact funds raised for restoring the theatre.

Barnett's attorney issued a statement saying, "Mr. Barnett is grateful for the dedicated and conscientious service of the jury and is relieved to have this difficult chapter behind him."

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