Mecklenburg County recently settled with Arjan Jagtiani, an Indian Trail man, for injuries he sustained at a park function in Cornelius. Mr. Jagtiani attended the function on May 23, 2010, during which, a stack of chairs fell on him as they were being moved. During mediation, the County agreed to pay Jagtiani $170,000 for his injuries.
Although Mecklenburg County agreed to settlement, the County refused to concede liability for the accident and the Plaintiff's resulting injuries. Rather, the County agreed to settle the case instead of risk the possibility of a larger verdict at trial. Mecklenburg County's attorney stated that it would be better for the County to pay some money for Jagtiani's injuries rather than risk the costs of potential litigation. Such costs include additional case expenses that quickly increase as a case proceeds to the trial stage.