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Man to get $300K from ODOT for pothole crash

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 16, 2012 at 5:34 AM

Michael Hamon was on the eastbound entrance ramp from Ohio 269 onto Ohio 2 when his Kawasaki motorcycle struck a four-inch deep pothole and he was thrown from his bike, according to court documents.

Hamon suffered six broken ribs, brain and head injuries, road rash, blood clots and bleeds, a collapsed lung, memory loss and other injuries. He was flown by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital for treatment, where he remained for months of treatment, followed by physical and occupational therapies.

When Hamon and his family filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Transportation only a few months after the crash, he'd already racked up more than $1.1 million in medical bills and lost almost $60,000 in wages, according to court documents.

In the lawsuit, Hamon alleged there were no warnings, signs or barrels marking ongoing construction at the entrance ramp the day of the crash. He also alleged there had been other crashes on the entrance ramp because of the pothole, and ODOT workers should have know of the size of the pothole and its danger.

This month, Hamon and ODOT reached the settlement agreement — four years after the crash.

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