PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Lawyers for Phani Guthula, the Indian American engineer who sued after he fell nearly 40 feet through a glass ceiling at a Philadelphia museum, said he has settled for $7.25 million.
Guthula's attorneys say a settlement was reached on May 6 with the defendants, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the security company, AlliedBarton Security Services.
Guthula said a guard at the Rodin Museum in 2012 told him he could step on the glass to inspect lighting fixtures before he fell.
At the time, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Rodin Museum had recently completed a $9 million renovation. Guthula, then 27 and working as an engineer for ICF International, was conducting an energy audit of the building, which had applied for an energy rebate with Peco.
While conducting the audit, an AlliedBarton security guard gave Guthula access to the museum's attic area, the lawsuit said. Guthula was required to inspect light fixtures located above a glass-paneled surface, and the guard told him he could step onto the glass. He soon plummeted to the museum floor.
Guthula's lawsuit had accused the museum and its security company of not protecting him. In a court filing, AlliedBarton said its security guard had never been properly warned about the safety risks by the museum.
Guthula's attorneys said he was hospitalized for over a month with injuries including femur, hip, pelvic and rib fractures. Guthula has partially recovered, but walks slowly, and suffers from a lack of energy and an inability to concentrate at times.
Guthula is engaged and plans to marry in the coming months.