Robert Franco v. Interstate Mill and Lumber Yard: A building contractor was shopping for supplies at Stamford’s Interstate Mill and Lumber Yard when an employee threw a 70 pound bundle of insulation from the second story of a barn. The bale of six rolls knocked Robert Franco to the ground. Left dazed, he refused immediate medical attention. But over the next few days, he developed neck pain and other symptoms.

When Franco’s injuries were more carefully analyzed, Dr. Paul Apostolides, a neurosurgeon in Greenwich, found the plaintiff had sustained a herniatedintervertebral disc injurybetween the fifth and sixth vertebrae. It required an anterior cervical dissectomy with bone graft fusion from bone harvested from Franco’s hip. It also required cervical plating of three other vertebrae in an operation through the front of Franco’s neck.

The lumber yard recently settled the case for $575,000. It admitted liability from the beginning, said Franco’s lawyer, Andrew Savviades of Stamford’s Casper & de Toledo. “His loss of earning capacity was in dispute,” but not much else, said Savviades.

The lumber yard was defended by George L. Holmes Jr., of Bridgeport’s McNamara and Kenney.

The defendants had an independent medical examination from Dr. David Martin, and it came back basically confirming what Dr. Apostolides had to say, according to Savviades. “They chose not to disclose the expert, but I got a court to order that they disclose it. Once they knew that I knew that their expert was going to confirm what my expert had to say, the case settled pretty quickly.”

- By Thomas B. Scheffey