A 14-year-old youth whose right leg was severed while he was working at a carwash in Laurel last summer will receive a lifetime settlement totaling nearly $600,000 from his employer's insurance company, his attorney said last week after a hearing before the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission.

Quality Car Wash, where Matthew Garvey was employed, was cited for unsafe equipment by inspectors from the Maryland Labor and Industry Commission and has paid $730 in fines, a spokesman for the commission said.

Representatives of the Prince George's state's attorney's office said they are reviewing the case in light of state child labor law. State law prohibits hiring anyone under the age of 14 in a commercial work place. Garvey turned 14 on the day of the accident.

He lost his leg when his pants snagged on a fast-spinning towel drier at the carwash. Doctors at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore operated for more than three hours to reconstruct a portion of his leg above the knee.

Garvey, who lives in Howard County and was a student at Hammond Middle School there, has been tutored at home since fall. He is expected to be fitted with an artificial leg soon, his attorney, Martin Gerel, said.