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Settlement agreement arranged between student and Ohio State

The lawsuit between an 18-year-old bicyclist and Ohio State was settled Dec. 12 in the Ohio Court of Claims. According to reports, the freshman chemical-engineering major had been riding his bike to class when he was struck by a dump truck near a construction site entrance along Woodruff Avenue. The accident occurred on Sept. 5 and caused him to lose his right leg and severely injured his spine and pelvis. He almost died in the hospital due to several serious infections.

The victim, three siblings and his parents filed a lawsuit against Ohio State, the dump truck driver and ten contractors who were hired by the University. The suit accused OSU and its employees of failing to take the reasonable precautions to keep students safe when they knew they were working in a densely packed location. In exchange for the family agreeing to drop all associated claims against OSU and not file any other suits in the future, Ohio State agreed to pay $500,000 and offer free undergraduate tuition to the student.

The university did not admit to any wrongdoing in the agreement, and, according to the settlement, no part of the agreement can be used in any other legal proceedings against OSU in the future. The family also signed a confidentiality clause. A spokesperson for OSU said the settlement is intended to cover a broader range of resolutions involving several other individuals.

The dump truck driver and the contractors also settled their cases with the family, but the details were never released. The 18-year-old was one of three other students who were severely injured in bicycle and pedestrian accidents during the same semester. In cases like this where a truck accident has caused injury to another individual, it is possible that the injured parties may seek compensation to help cover medical expenses.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch , "Ohio State to give tuition, $500,000 to student hit by dump truck", December 20, 2014

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