Newport, CA (PressExposure) June 01, 2008 -- A California court recently approved a $15 Million out-of-court settlement of a municipality negligence claim against the City of Hanford, Ca. Jupiter Chan sued Hanford on behalf of his son, Christopher, who sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. The Chans' allege that Hanford was negligent in maintaining the roadway and providing appropriate signage. The week before trial, Hanford settled out-of-court with Christopher Chan for a lifetime stream of payments of $15 million. California personal injury law firm Bisnar Chase represented Christopher Chan in the Superior Court of California, Kings County, Case Number 06C0206.
On May 31, 2005, 14-year-old Christopher Chan was riding his bicycle when he was hit by an automobile at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Pepper Drive. According to court documents, before the accident Chan was a vibrant, inquisitive and intelligent eighth-grader. Now he has no short term memory; has the verbal and visual ability of a 6-year-old; focuses on simple tasks for only 15 minutes at a time; and needs an attendant to help him with his everyday physical needs.
According to the lawsuit, this intersection was hazardous to school children crossing to and from school due to its physical makeup, no effective controls and no signage or crossing guard. Hanford's records showed the city was aware of these dangerous conditions but did not correct them.
Hanford settled with Christopher Chan for $15 million paid over his lifetime to cover his past and future medical expenses; therapy and round-the-clock care for the rest of his life. The court signed this agreement May 8th.
"Such a tragedy, that a traumatic brain injury has robbed Christopher Chan of a self-sufficient and productive life," said Brian Chase, partner in Bisnar Chase. "This wouldn't have happened if the elected officials of Hanford were doing their jobs by ensuring the public's safety. This case should serve as a warning to other elected city officials: do your jobs."