$7.25 Million Settlement for Near-Fatal Fall at Rodin Museum

  • May 10, 2016 12:46

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Rodin Museum Surveillance / Image courtesy of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky

Philly.com reports:

An engineer who nearly died after falling 38 feet through a glass ceiling of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia more than three years ago has reached a settlement with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the museum's security company for $7.25 million, attorneys said Tuesday.


On Nov. 26, 2012, Phani Guthula, who was then 27 and working as an energy efficiency engineer for ICF International, was inspecting lighting fixtures in the museum, at 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, when he fell.

"One of the Rodin's most famous sculptures is titled Gates of Hell," said attorney Larry Bendesky, a member of Guthula's legal team. "The chilling picture of Phani Guthula falling nearly to his death could have the same title; his life has been a living hell every day since his fall."

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