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SC law clerk gets $750,000 settlement for courthouse fall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A federal law clerk in South Carolina has received a settlement of $750,000 for injuries he suffered in a 2013 fall down courthouse steps inside the U.S. Bankruptcy Court building.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports  the settlement between law clerk Patrick Mohan and Maryland-based Crockett Facilities Services came Friday during a federal civil jury trial.

Crockett attorney Brett Bayne says workers waxed and polished the floors over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2013 and then ran out of replacement slip-resistant foot safety strips from interior stone steps in the middle of the night. He says the 35-year-old Mohan fell while workers waited for the strips to arrive.

Mohan's attorney says Mohan suffered a herniated disk and had $40,000 in medical bills, along with pain expected to last a lifetime.


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