When Pranks Go Too Far! Paralyzed Man Awarded $5M…

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A man left paralyzed from the shoulders down when his relatives tipped over a portable toilet while he was inside has settled a Pennsylvania lawsuit against the toilet manufacturer, the relatives and others for $5 million.

Donald Adams III was on a camping and fishing trip with two cousins-in-law at the time, The Legal Intelligencer reported Wednesday.

The newspaper and quoting filings from Sullivan County in northeastern Pennsylvania, said the relatives backed their truck up to the toilet to lock Adams inside as a prank. However, they inadvertently knocked the toilet over when they banged on it and shook it, the lawsuit said.

Adams landed on his neck, causing several cervical fractures that left him a quadriplegic. He was flown to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for surgery, and spent two weeks at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, his lawyer said in a trial memo.

Adams and his wife sued the relatives along with the toilet manufacturer, Poly-San, and the installer. The lawsuit faulted the manufacturer for not providing ground spikes with the unit, despite holes designed for that purpose on the base, and the installer for resting the unit on a hill, and propping it up with wood.

Those defendants have argued that the relatives are alone responsible for his injuries, the Philadelphia based legal newspaper reported.

The lawsuit was not immediately available from the courthouse, and no further details about the case could obtained.–Associated Press 2014

Would You Sue Your Family?

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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