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Machinist on leave for toe amputation lost his job

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission secured a $50,000 settlement for a machinist who was terminated from his job while on leave recuperating from a toe amputation. Michael Woods, a diabetic, lost his toe due to an infection and also developed bilateral peripheral neuropathy in his feet. He said he had notified his employer of his medical condition and the need for extended leave, but was informed prior to returning to work that he had been terminated. The EEOC sued the employer, Heritage Home Group, LLC, on Woods’ behalf, alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Heritage Home denied violating the ADA and argued that Woods never informed them of the need for an extended leave beyond the date of his termination.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Heritage Home Group LLC
U.S. District Court, NC

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Owners of errant cow denied liability for motor vehicle crash

A jury awarded $12 million to the estate of a teenager who was killed while driving a 1999 Toyota 4Runner. The rear axle of the SUV allegedly broke while Lacee Michaela Dial was driving it, reportedly causing the left rear wheel to wobble and detach. The SUV then rolled over several times and struck a utility pole. Dial died at the scene after being trapped in the vehicle for about two hours, allegedly conscious during that time. Her estate argued that the axle broke due to a manufacturing defect. Toyota Motor Corp. and affiliate Toyota Motor Sales USA denied any defect with the axle and argued that it broke during, not before, the accident. Toyota also disputed the extent to which Dial endured conscious pain and suffering.
Estate of Dial v. Toyota Motor Corp.
Anderson County, SC

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Student: School failed to follow concussion protocol

A student was awarded $5,872,583 on a claim that his basketball coach failed to follow the school’s concussion protocol. Brett Baker-Goines suffered two concussions about six weeks apart while playing basketball for First Baptist School of Charleston. He argued that Coach Matthew Mullins allowed him to return to playing basketball too soon after the first concussion, even though he was aware that Baker-Goines still had concussion symptoms that should have required him to be benched. He argued that the coach’s failure to follow the school’s concussion protocol created a foreseeable risk of another concussion. The defense contended that Baker-Goines knew of the inherent risks of playing athletic sports and had indicated he was feeling fine.
Baker-Goines v. First Baptist School of Charleston
Charleston County, SC

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