A New York City sanitation engineer, who tool a work claims compensation action for an ankle injury at work when a colleague ran over his leg in a forklift truck, has accepted £3.3m in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.
Andrew Anderson (37) from New York City, was aiding a colleague install a snow plough to the forklift truck when the accident occurred in early 2008. His co-worker accidently ran over his ankle, causing a severe ankle fracture which required two surgeries to correct.
Andrew also contracted reflex sympathetic dystrophy during complications in the post-operative period and sustained foot drop – for which he now needs the use of a foot brace. Since the incident, Andrew has not been able to work and was forced to take early retirement from the City of New York.
After talking to his legal representatives, Andrew sued the City of New York for his injuries. Liability was admitted and the case was heard in the New York Supreme Court for final assessment of damages. However, just before the jury were about to begin their deliberations, lawyers on both sides reached an agreed settlement of £3.3m to compensate Andrew for personal injury, lost earnings and loss of consortium.