Metro Council will decide Tuesday whether to award $69,500 to a man who was injured after tripping on broken steps at the Ben West building while helping General Sessions Court Judge William Higgins carry a box of the judge’s personal items.
The incident occurred four years ago. A Wackenhut Corp. supervisor directed employee Sam Glover Jr., a security guard stationed at the Ben West building, to help Higgins carry some boxes.
Glover fell on an outdoor staircase that had some missing bricks on the last step. He fractured his ankle and underwent three separate surgeries. Medical bills totaled $78,900, and Glover lost $8,380 in wages.
The fall occurred during the construction of the A.A. Birch Criminal Justice Building, undertaken by Ray Bell Construction. The company had been required to keep the exit passages of the Ben West Building clear at all times.
Glover filed a suit against both Ray Bell Construction and Metro. Ray Bell Construction paid Glover $60,000, while the Metro Department of Law has agreed on a settlement of $69,500.
“It is likely a court would determine Metro had constructive notice of the defective steps and failed to take corrective action,” an analysis from Metro Council Attorney Jon Cooper reads. “Given the substantial amount of medical bills and lost wages, the department of law recommends approving the settlement amount reached at mediation.”