K. Mennem 7:17 p.m., June 17
City of Chula Vista sued by woman who fell as a result of a broken City sidewalk
Woman's husband files lawsuit against the City for injuries caused by a broken City sidewalk.
San Diego is not the only City in the County trying to answer to a massive backlog of street and sidewalk repairs. Chula Vista, the second largest municipality in the County, is also hundreds of millions of dollars in the hole when it comes to potholed roads and cracked sidewalks.
Finding that money will be difficult for a City that has struggled to find a good financial footing during years of structural deficits. Even more so if the City is forced to spend some of those resources in court, defending itself against personal injury lawsuits filed as a result of dangerous sidewalks.
That's the case in a new lawsuit from the spouse of a woman who fell and injured herself in July 2012 while walking on the southwest corner of Surrey Drive and Allen School Lane in Bonita.
"The City of Chula Vista allowed the sidewalk to exist in a dangerous and defective condition and the sidewalk was unsafe for public use causing Plaintiff to trip and fell causing severe injury to Plaintiffs head, neck, knee, leg, and arm," reads the February 5 lawsuit.
During the past five years city officials have had to try and find the resources to maintain the hundreds of miles of streets and sidewalks that were added during the housing boom.
Now with over 1,000 miles of sidewalks and 430 miles of roads, City officials estimate that it needs $761 million dollars to get caught up on infrastructure and other projects.
In the meantime, attorneys will be forced to appear in court to defend the City and its crumbling sidewalks and streets.
Reads the lawsuit:
Before suffering these injuries, [plaintiff] was able to and did perform all the duties of a wife and did perform all these duties, including assisting in maintaining the home and providing love, companionship, affection, society, sexual relations, moral support and solace to [plaintiff's spouse] As a direct and proximate result of the injuries, [plaintiff] has been unable to perform the duties of a wife in that she can no longer assist with housework, participate in family, recreational or social activities... [Plaintiff's- spouse] is therefore deprived of his spouse's consortium, all to plaintiffs damage, in a total amount to be established by proof at trial."