Verdicts & Settlements
Man paralyzed by toppled portable toilet wins $5M settlement
Posted Feb 7, 2014 12:16 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Pennsylvania man paralyzed when two of his relatives shook the portable toilet he was using, causing it to topple over, has obtained a $5 million settlement.
Donald Adams III settled with the toilet manufacturer, Poly-San, the installer and the two relatives, who were cousins-in-law, the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.) reports in a story summarized by the Associated Press and United Press International.
Adams’ suit contended the toilet was top-heavy and should have included spikes to hold it in place. The suit also said the toilet should not have been installed on a hillside.
The accident occurred in 2008 when Adams went on a hunting and fishing trip with his cousins-in-law, the Legal Intelligencer says. According to the plaintiffs’ pretrial memorandum, the cousins-in-law decided to play a practical joke on Adams. They backed their truck up next to the toilet so Adams could not open the door, then shook the unit, inadvertently causing it to tip over.