It has been reported that former Puddle of Mud guitarist Paul Phillips has filed a lawsuit against Florida’s Baptist Medical Center and two doctors. Phillips claimed their treatments left him with a brain injury and a serious seizure condition that may affect his ability to play music.
Phillips was admitted to the hospital in November 2019. He had been complaining about a possible seizure and an altered mental status.
Phillips was initially suffering from low sodium levels. Doctors gradually brought the levels back to normal and discharged him from hospital. However, three days later Phillips suffered a seizure and was re-admitted to hospital.
A MRI then showed brain damage. But, he now claims this was caused by the treatment he received in hospital.
Puddle of Mud’s Paul Phillips
Paul Phillips first learned to play the guitar aged 11. His father was a key influence, he was a member of a cover band during Paul’s childhood.
Paul Phillips’ first major gig was with a Jacksonville based band Happy Hour. He was invited to audition for the band by his friend Fred Durst. Phillips then joined Puddle of Mud in 1999. He stayed with them until 2005, before returning in 2009 until 2011.
After he departed in 2005, Phillips joined the band Operator, before returning to Puddle of Mud in 2009.
The band’s first major album came in 2001 with “Come Clean”. “Come Clean” was certified triple platimum, selling more than 5 million copies. Included on that album was the hit “Blurry”. This single climbed to number 5 on the Billboard Top 100.
When Phillips left the band for the second time in 2011, he continued to write and play music, including for “Nitro Circus: The Movie”. He also acted in the horror film “The Guy Knows Everything” and joined Rev Theory for a short stint.
Phillips has also worked on several clothing shoots, fitness clips and several series of “Burn Season”. He is currently involved in a project called The Fallout Collective.