Her skull was fractured. And her leg was broken.
However, beyond those basic facts, the seriousness of security guard Erica Mack's injuries, sustained during a gatecrashing incident at Ultra Music Festival 2014, was unknown.
At least until yesterday, when Mack spoke for the first time, after seven months of silence, about her brain bleeds and surgically repaired right ankle as well as the $10 million lawsuit she's filed against Ultra, the City of Miami, and others.
Now she and attorney Eric Isicoff have also released x-rays and photos of her broken leg, which is being held together by screws and metal plates.
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A photograph of Mack's right-ankle surgical scar.
Courtesy of Erica Mack
Though she also arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital with two separate breaks in her skull and experienced "bleeding on the brain," Mack did not require cranial or neurological surgery.
For a time, doctors believed it might be necessary. There was "a lot of wait-and-see and monitoring," she says, "because they were hoping the brain swelling would go down on its own. And it did, fortunately."
Her ankle, however, was fractured in multiple places. It needed to be repaired. So the doctors inserted eight screws into her leg. And they stabilized it with a long, thin metal plate.
Courtesy of Erica Mack
For the two weeks after suffering her injuries, Mack remained at Jackson Memorial. Then she went home to recuperate. And by "late April, early May," she began rehabilitating her right ankle and leg. "The rehab's been very difficult, very painful," she says.
The injuries and their lingering effects are also preventing her from working. "I'm limited as to what kind of employment I can get into in the future," Mack says. "I don't have full range of motion in my ankle and leg. I can't lift heavy things. I can't stand or sit for long periods of time."
So far, the bill for her medical care has run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. And the cost is still increasing.
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It's those injuries and that expense, attorney Isicoff says, along with "her future lost earning opportunities, her future pain and suffering," and the festival's alleged negligence that have led Mack to demand $10 million.
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