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University student receives judgement for fall

A 30 year-old University of Memphis student who fell down an elevator shaft in 2005 was awarded a $4.1 million judgement this week.

The man fell about fifteen feet from a first floor elevator at an art gallery, which was rented by the university for a senior art exhibit. There were no witnesses to his fall, but his father and a friend found him groaning at the bottom of the elevator shaft. He suffered a severe brain injury due to the fall and part of his skull had to be removed to help ease the swelling in his brain. The man has no recollection of the incident.

The jury found the university to be 65% at fault, the art gallery owner 30% at fault, and the student to be 5% at fault. Each blamed one another for their lack of supervision.

If you have been hurt in an accident or other incident attributable to the negligence of a property owner or the owner’s authorized agents, contact the Nashville premises liability lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, at 615-277-2765.

 

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