RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A man who was severely injured in a workplace forklift accident and ultimately lost his leg has been awarded $17 million by a California jury.

Steven Meier sued after a reversing forklift ran him down in 2013 at a Riverside PennySaver facility, where he was a security guard.

Meier’s suit claimed the forklift dragged him several feet, crushing his right leg and tearing his skin off. The leg was partially amputated in 2015.

The Press-Enterprise newspaper reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/2udnLvM) that the jury returned the $17 million verdict this week.

Efforts to reach the attorneys representing Travelers Insurance, which insured the bankrupt PennySaver company, were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Meier’s attorney, Riccardo Echeverria, said the judgment will be paid in full, and Travelers agreed not to appeal. He said his client is pleased with the verdict.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com