A Chicago-area home builder has agreed to pay $1 million to a woman who suffered a compound fracture to her ankle when her outdoor deck collapsed in May 2009. An investigation determined that the deck ledger had been fastened to the wall framing with nails rather than the lag bolts specified in the builder’s plans and required by the local building code. Town and Country Homes president Andy Kondoroff told the suburban Chicago Daily Herald that since the accident, his company had checked all the deck connections on its homes in the Chicago area and found no other problems. “We’re confident that this was an isolated incident,” he said.

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