A man who had three toes amputated following an accident at a construction site agreed to a $1.2 million settlement in his Middlesex County suit.
The plaintiff was visiting a condo under construction when a section of granite fell to the floor and slammed on his foot. As a result the 52-year old had three toes amputated. He has difficulty walking and with balance after the accident and also suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder after the amputations.
The 800 pound granite slab was sitting atop a half-wall between the dining room and kitchen, but was not anchored with corbels, attorney Raymond Gill of Gill & Chamas in Woodbridge, NJ said.
He asserted that it should have been ensured the premises were safe, and that the defendant should not have allowed the plaintiff on the premises when they were unsafe. The defendants disputed which of them had control over the premises, and whose duty it had been to install the corbels, Gill said.
The settlement was reached after two mediation sessions with retired Superior Court Judge Eugene Codey.