Man demands $100,000 for injury at Portsmouth High

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PORTSMOUTH — A man who said he suffered a leg injury after leaning up against a table at Portsmouth High School is demanding $100,000 from the town as compensation.

Fulvio Pires, through his attorney, Adam Combies of Combies Hanson, made his claim in a July 11 letter that was e-mailed to the Portsmouth Town Council.

Mr. Combies said on June 13 of this year, his client came to PHS to pick up his daughter from a dance recital practice.

"As he waited in the hallway, Mr. Pires leaned against a table that was being stored for end-of-the-year cleaning purposes," Mr. Combies stated in the letter. "A piece of metal protruding (from) the table created a puncture wound in Mr. Pires' leg, behind his knee. His leg swelled and Mr. Pires ultimately was treated for a Group A streptococcal infection, requiring one week of inpatient treatment at Newport Hospital. Mr. Pires remains in recovery as of the date of this letter."

His client "demands $100,000 as full and fair compensation for his claim," stated Mr. Combies, who asked the town, its insurer or counsel to respond within 40 days of the receipt of the letter.

"We believe an amicable resolution is not only possible, but probable," the letter continued. "In the event we do not hear from your however, we intend (to) pursue formal litigation in Superior Court."

In a July 12 letter, Finance Director David Faucher asked the Town Council to deny payment of the claim and refer it to the town's insurer, Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management, Trust, Inc.

The council will consider Mr. Faucher's request at its meeting Saturday, July 20, on Prudence Island. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the Prudence Island Improvement Association Building, 620 Narragansett Ave.

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