A Buffalo-area man who claims he fell and seriously injured his back nearly seven years ago at the Ontario County Health Facility will be getting $900,000 from the county.
The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the settlement with David Cairns during the board’s meeting Thursday. Cairns filed a lawsuit over the September 2012 incident.
According to court documents, Cairns claimed he fell when a board came loose on a wooden ramp at the nursing home in Hopewell. He was delivering medical supplies for a Buffalo-area company.
The health facility was then owned and operated by the county. The county sold the nursing home, now called Ontario Center, to a New York City-based company in 2014.
A jury trial in the Cairns case had been set for Oct. 7. According to the resolution approved by the county board, the cost to defend the case could have been substantial with no certainty of the outcome.
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