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February 5, 2014

Man paralyzed by tipped toilet gets $5M

PHILADELPHIA — A man left quadriplegic when his relatives tipped over a portable toilet has settled a Pennsylvania lawsuit against several parties for $5 million.

The Legal Intelligencer reports Wednesday that Donald Adams III was on a camping trip with two relatives when they backed a truck up to the toilet, as a prank, to try to lock him inside.

The Sullivan County lawsuit says the cousins-in-law inadvertently knocked the toilet over when they banged on it and shook it.

A trial memo says Adams landed on his neck, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Adams and his wife sued the relatives along with the toilet manufacturer and installer, alleging the toilet was improperly installed on a slope.

Those defendants blame the cousins for the injuries.

 

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