Weight lifting accident at gym results in quadriplegia, $18.6 million recoveries
A former Marine who holds degrees in chemical engineering, business and law was paralyzed in Los Angeles eight years ago because a horizontal bar of weights fell due to the fact that no adjustable safety stops were installed on the machine. Suits against Gold’s Gym, Flex (equipment manufacturer) and an insurance company ultimately resulted in total recoveries of $18.6 million. For the rest of the story, see article by Joanna Lin in the L.A. Times.
A lifelong athlete, Harold Leon Bostick described his sudden quadriplegia as "kind of like a mini-death." In July, Bostick and some friends founded the Disabled Sports and Fitness Foundation, a nonprofit group intended to help people afford and gain access to sports equipment for physical therapy.
Ken Shigley has been designated as a "Super Lawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Master of the Lamar Inn of Court at Emory Law School, and served as a faculty member for ten years at the Emory University Law School Trial Techniques Program. He was recently elected Secretary of the 39,000 member State Bar of Georgia.