U. of Memphis Found Liable for Student's Injury

October 31, 2011

A jury on Friday awarded $4.1 million to Austin T. Wells for brain injuries he suffered after falling down an elevator shaft at an event sponsored by the University of Memphis in 2005, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. The jury found the university 65 percent at fault and a gallery where the event was held 30 percent at fault, with Wells 5 percent responsible, and the funds provided to Wells will be provided in that proportion, minus the 5 percent. The university and the gallery owner had each blamed the other party for lack of supervision at the event.

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