HR Strange But True!
June 30, 2003

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The $3 million bathroom accident

Cedrick Makara, a claims examiner for the city of New York, has won a $3 million jury verdict after hurting his thumb while trying to get out of a john in the Manhattan building where he worked, according to the New York Daily News.

The 1999 incident happened because of a missing doorknob in the bathroom door, Makara's lawyer claimed. The lawyer, Sheryl Menkes, said Makara reached his hand through a hole where the knob should have been, then pulled the door toward him - just as someone entering the bathroom pushed the door in.

The resulting injuries to the tendons in Makara's thumb required surgery and put him out of work for six months, Menkes said.

Makara's lawsuit blamed the building's manager and owner for neglecting to fix the door. The jury awarded him $2 million for past and future pain and suffering, plus $200,000 for future medical needs. It awarded $750,000 to his wife, Sheron.

A lawyer for the building's manager and owner told the Daily News that he would file legal papers to reduce or set aside the verdict.

Source: New York Daily News

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