King County awards Seattle bicyclist $3.5 million for accident on county road in Redmond
King County has awarded a Seattle man and his wife $3.5 million in compensation for a traumatic brain injury the man suffered in a bicycle accident on a county road near 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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