Court upholds $12.5M judgment for injured firefighter seen dancing on video

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SEATTLE —

The state Supreme Court has upheld a $12.5 million jury award given to a former Seattle firefighter.

Nearly 10 years ago, Mark Jones fell down a fire pole hole at firehouse 33 and sued the city, saying there was no safety guard around it.

Jones said he suffered injuries that left him unable to work.

The city hired investigators to follow Jones.  Video released by lawyers for the city in 2010 showed Jones chopping wood, tossing a ball, playing horseshoes and doing a victory dance afterwards.

Read KIRO 7’s coverage of the story from 2010 and watch video from that story here.

Jones’ supporters said the video a cheap shot that misrepresented Jones' condition, and judges have said that video may not tell Jones' whole story.

Jones’ attorney said three other doctors who examined Jones believe he was permanently damaged.

The city attorney has not commented on Thursday’s court ruling.