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OU agrees to pay man injured in MemAud fall

Ohio University owes a West Virginia man more than $80,000 after he sued the school for injuring himself at an on-campus play.

Russel Lyon, of Huntington, W. Va., sued after falling down a set of stairs at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium while attending a play in January 2009. A settlement between OU and Lyon was filed in the Ohio Court of Claims Aug. 26 this year.

OU agreed to pay Lyon $82,500 as compensation for his “pain and suffering,” according to court documents.

Both sides agreed to the settlement, and the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning Lyon cannot refile the complaint for any reason.

In his original complaint, Lyon asked for $25,000 and further damages to cover medical bills, hospital bills, rehabilitation costs and lost wages, according to court documents. OU asked the court to dismiss the complaint Feb. 10, but the court denied the request.


Lyon suffered acute subdural brain bleeding; moderate traumatic brain injuries; and contusions causing memory problems, language problems and dizziness because of the fall, according to the documents.

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