HIGHWAY OFFICER RECEIVES $500,000 SETTLEMENT FROM PRIVATE CONTRACTORS AFTER HIS MOTORCYCLE FELL INTO A ROADWAY DEPRESSION CAUSING INJURIES
An Officer assigned to a Highway Unit, while en route to an assigned walkathon suffered a serious wrist fracture when his motorcycle hit a depression in the road causing it to topple over. The Officer initially hired an attorney to represent him in a potential personal injury action. However, the attorney placed a low value on the case. The police officer heard about DCD from other Officers and decided to switch lawyers and retained DCD. DCD sued numerous private contractors who had previously performed work on the street alleging these contractors failed to adequately refill the pavement previously removed by the construction. After years of contentious litigation which included several summary judgment motions DCD and three defendants settled the matter for $500,000.00 during a five hour marathon mediation session. The Officer also was awarded a ¾ line-of-duty disability pension.