Jury rules Apartments Downtown manager was negligent in 2014 employee death
A jury has ordered a prominent Iowa City landlord to pay $5.6 million to the widow of a maintenance worker who fell to his death.
The Johnson County jury returned the verdict late Monday against Jeffrey Clark, the manager of Apartments Downtown, the largest student rental company in Iowa City.
The case stems from the April 2014 death of 40-year-old Bronson Ganka, a handyman for the apartments company.
Ganka fell from a ladder while trying to drill a hole above an awning to a business on South Gilbert Street. He suffered serious head injuries after landing on the sidewalk, went into a coma and died 11 days later.
Ganka's widow, Kara, alleged Clark was grossly negligent because he told Ganka he couldn't use an available boom truck that had safety guardrails to perform the work.
Ganka had initially named both Jeff and Brian Clark but a judge dismissed the claim against Brian Clark last April.
Jeff Clark had sought to have a summary judgment – meaning there would have been no jury trial – but a judge struck down that motion last month.