Verdicts & Settlements

Portable Toilet Products Liability Case Ends in Accord

Adams v. Poly-San $5 Million Settlement

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While there, according to the plaintiffs' memorandum, Adams went to use the portable toilet and Grater and Weller decided to play a practical joke on him by backing their truck up to the portable toilet unit's door in order to lock him inside.

Grater and Weller then proceeded to bang on and shake the portable toilet unit, inadvertently causing it to tip over, according to the plaintiffs' memorandum.

Adams fell and landed on his neck, rendering him quadriplegic, the plaintiffs' memorandum said.

According to the plaintiffs' memorandum, Adams suffered laminar fractures to his fourth and fifth cervical spine vertebras and a burst fracture to his fifth cervical spine vertebrae.

Adams was rushed to Robert Packer Hospital and then airlifted to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for surgery, according to the plaintiffs' memorandum.

After seven days, he was transferred to Magee Rehabilitation, where he remained for two months, according to the plaintiffs' memorandum.

Adams is now completely paralyzed from the shoulders down and has a neurogenic bladder and bowels, the plaintiffs' memorandum said.

Plaintiffs medical expert Dr. Guy Fried opined that Adams' injuries are permanent, according to the plaintiffs' memorandum.

Plaintiffs rehabilitation expert Mona Yudkoff projected the cost of Adams' lifetime medical needs at over $6 million, and possibly as much as $10 million.

Adams and his wife filed suit against Grater and Weller, along with the portable toilet's manufacturer, Poly-San, and the unit's installer, Lewis Crawford, according to the plaintiffs' memorandum.

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