A California jury awarded 38-year-old Thomas Avery $6.4 million last month in his pending lawsuit. The Plaintiff, who has been a quadriplegic since a 1989 traffic accident, uses a motorized wheel chair to get around. In 2008, the Plaintiff was trying to board a Roseville Transit bus. He was using a wheelchair lift at the time, which was operated by the bus driver. And while he was being loaded onto the lift, the Plaintiff was dropped from about six-to-seven feet off the ground. The Plaintiff’s head struck the pavement with about 1600 pounds of force. He suffered a brain injury in the fall.
The jury found the lift malfunctioned because it was defective. It was supposed to have a working barrier to prevent the wheel chair from rolling backward. The roll barrier had been poorly maintained and was missing a bolt on one side. The jury’s award requires the bus company to pay the plaintiff about $5.4 million. The City of Roseville, which is responsible for the remainder of the money, has reviewed all its practices since the incident to make sure nothing like the Plaintiff’s accident will happen again. Christopher W. Wood and Roger Dreyer, lawyers from Sacramento, California, represented Mr. Avery and they did a very good job.
Source: Associated Press
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