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DJ 'seeks $20m over plane crash'

DJ AM
Goldstein performs with Barker under the name TRVSDJAM

Musician DJ AM is seeking $20m (14m) damages for injuries he sustained in a plane crash in South Carolina last year, according to reports.

A court document leaked to website TMZ says the DJ wants half the amount for expenses and half as compensation.

The DJ, real name Adam Goldstein, and drummer Travis Barker survived the crash, but four others died. Both men filed legal cases against Learjet.

A government investigation into the causes of the accident is ongoing.

Both musicians were treated in hospital for second and third degree burns after the plane went down.

The legal actions filed by the musicians cover several companies including Goodyear, which made the plane's tyres and the estates of the two pilots who died in the crash.

The families of Chris Baker and Charles Still, the two passengers killed in the crash have also lodged legal actions.

Some of the companies being sued have asked that the trial be delayed until the investigation into the event is completed.

If the case comes to court, a jury will decide whether Goldstein's request for $10m for medical expenses, lost earnings, profits and economic damages and another $10m for mental and physical pain and other "non economic" losses should be met.



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