Verdicts & Settlements

Portable Toilet Products Liability Case Ends in Accord

Adams v. Poly-San $5 Million Settlement

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Date of Verdict: Jan. 31.

Court and Case No.: C.P. Sullivan No. 2011-CV-101.

Judge: Russell D. Shurtleff.

Type of Action: Personal injury.

Injuries: Quadriplegia.

Plaintiffs Counsel: Jeffrey P. Goodman, Robert J. Mongeluzzi and Andrew R. Duffy, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, Philadelphia.

Defense Counsel: Benjamin A. Nicolosi Jr. of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Scranton, Pa., for Poly-San; Joseph F. Van Horn Jr., Fallon Van Horn, Philadelphia, for Lewis Crawford; John Solt, Slusser Law Firm, Hazelton, Pa., for Barry Weller; Michael A. Giannetta, Snyder & Associates, Plains, Pa., for Gerald Grater.

Plaintiffs Expert: Dr. Guy Fried, medical expert, Philadelphia; Mona Yudkoff, rehabilitation, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Comment: A man who was rendered quadriplegic when two of his relatives accidentally tipped over the portable toilet he was using in an attempt to play a practical joke on him has settled with the toilet's manufacturer and installer, as well as the two relatives, for a total of $5 million.

According to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, plaintiff Donald H. Adams III went on a camping, hunting and fishing trip with his cousins-in-law, defendants Gerald Grater and Barry Weller, to a lodge that did not have indoor plumbing.

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