Supreme Court upholds $12.5M award to firefighter

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a $12.5 million award giving to a Seattle firefighter who was injured during a fall while on duty.

The Seattle Times reported Thursday that the high court is upholding a King County jury verdict awarding Mark Jones the money.

Court documents say Jones was injured nearly 10 years ago when he awoke in a dark bunk room at a Seattle fire station. He walked through the wrong door while looking for the restroom and fell through a fire-pole hole to the concrete floor below. His attorneys say he suffered a head injury, causing damage to his cognitive abilities.

Jones sued the city, saying the city failed to install a proper guard around the fire pole, or the door that led to it.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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