King County awards Seattle bicyclist $3.5 million for accident on county road in Redmond
Lawyers for the injured cyclist, Jeffrey Totten, and his wife, Danielle Leavell, said the county was negligent because it designated Novelty Hill Road as a bike route but the road was not maintained in a "safe condition" reports The Seattle Times.
Totten was severely injured in September of 2006 when his bicycle hit a
depression in the road. He was in a coma for seven months after the accident and
will required round-the-clock nursing care for the rest of his life according to
Traumatic brain injuries can vary a great deal from person-to-person. The majority of patients recover within a year, but other patients take years to overcome their impairment and others never recover.
The County worked with Totten's lawyers and a mediator and came to a settlement last week without a jury trial.
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