An 85-year-old man who lost part of his leg after a public bus hit him in a Southern California crosswalk has settled his lawsuit for $15 million. The settlement came just before a jury completed their deliberations and reached a verdict for the Plaintiff in his case. Southland Transit Inc., which had a contract to provide city bus service in the city of Baldwin Park, was the Defendant and agreed to the settlement. The Plaintiff was injured when he was struck in a crosswalk in August of last year. He underwent seven surgeries and his right leg was amputated below the knee. The case had been filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Because Southland Transit had admitted fault, acknowledging liability for the accident, the jury only had to determine the amount of damages to be awarded. Lawyers for the parties reached the settlement just before the jury announced that it had reached a verdict. Even though the trial judge allowed the reading of the verdict, which would have awarded more than $17 million, a settlement had been reached and accepted by the court. Thus, the verdict had no effect. Spencer Lucas, a lawyer with Panish Shea and Boyle, located in Los Angeles, represented the Plaintiff in the case. He did a very good job for his client.
Sources: The Claims Journal and City News Service
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