Indiana couple awarded $3.7 million for ladder fall

A federal jury has awarded a northern Indiana man and his wife $3.7 million for a brain injury the man suffered when he fell
from a ladder at a shopping mall.

The jury in South Bend ruled in favor of the Porter County couple and against mall owner Simon Property Management and its
maintenance company, Varsity Contractors.

Forty-six-year-old Richard Proctor and 42-year-old Sonia Proctor sued after Richard Proctor fell from a ladder at University
Park Mall in Mishawaka in January 2007.

Proctor suffered a skull fracture, brain trauma and other injuries when he fell 19 feet from a roof hatch ladder while servicing
heating/air conditioning equipment on the mall's roof.

Attorney Kenneth J. Allen says the ladder had failed to meet safety codes.

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