A New York City sanitation engineer, who made a work ankle injury claim when a colleague ran over his leg in a forklift truck, has accepted €4m in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.
Andrew Anderson (37) from New York City, was helping the colleague install a snow plough to the forklift truck when the accident happened in early 2008. His co-worker accidently ran over Andrew’s ankle, causing a severe ankle fracture which required two surgeries to correct.
Andrew also developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy during post-operative complications and sustained foot drop – for which he now needs the use of a foot brace. Since his accident, Andrew has not been able to work and been forced to take early retirement from the City of New York.
After taking legal counsel, Andrew sued the City of New York for his injuries. Liability was undisputed and the case was heard in the New York Supreme Court for assessment of damages. However, just before the jury were about to begin their deliberations, lawyers on the two sides reached a negotiated settlement of €4m to compensate Andrew for personal injury, lost earnings and loss of consortium.