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In early 2010, the personal injury civil litigation attorneys at Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle obtained a much-publicized $7 million settlement with the City of Los Angeles on behalf of a man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.  See below for a press release about the settlement and links to the many media outlets which covered this significant lawsuit.

City of Los Angeles Settles Motorcycle Accident Claim for $7 Million
-- Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle Represents Seriously Injured Motorcyclist --

LOS ANGELES - The plaintiffs' law firm of Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle announced today that it has obtained a $7 million settlement from the City of Los Angeles.  The settlement resolves claims against the City arising out of a motorcycle accident which occurred in September 2007 and left their client paraplegic.  Attorney Douglas Aberle represented the injured man and his wife, and obtained the substantial settlement despite the fact that the police report concluded that the plaintiff was speeding and found him to be the party primarily responsible for the accident.

"It's gratifying to reach this settlement for our client," said Mr. Aberle.  "After denying its liability for more than two years, following extensive discovery leading up to the commencement of trial, the City of Los Angeles ultimately agreed to pay for the accident that horribly changed my clients' lives forever."  The paralysis left the plaintiff without the ability to perform most of the activities associated with daily living.

At the time of the accident, Mr. Aberle's client was driving his motorcycle as a volunteer for the City of Los Angeles, helping the City officiate the bicycle portion of the Los Angeles Triathlon.   Following instructions provided to him by Triathlon officials, he rode his motorcycle through an intersection that was controlled by a Los Angeles Department of Transportation Traffic Officer.  The Traffic Officer motioned for a stopped vehicle to proceed into the intersection directly into the path of the volunteer motorcyclist.

In summarizing his client's current condition, Mr. Aberle stated, "Medically, the road ahead is long for him, and he will require many hospitalizations.  The toll of this tragedy will continue for the rest of my clients' lives."

This settlement has garnered widespread media coverage in a variety of publications including:

LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-settlement9-2010mar09,0,6944609.story

CBS 2/KCAL 9:
http://cbs2.com/local/settle.lawsuit.volunteer.2.1546768.html

FOX 35/KCBA:
http://www.kcba.com/Global/story.asp?S=12106698

Channel 13/CW:
http://cbs13.com/wireapnewsca/City.of.LA.2.1546746.html

Sacramento Bee:
http://www.sacbee.com/2010/03/08/2592893/la-pays-paraplegic-7m-to-settle.html

Central Coast FOX 11:
http://www.myfox11.com/Global/story.asp?S=12106698

Modesto Bee:
http://www.modbee.com/2010/03/08/1079898/la-pays-paraplegic-7m-to-settle.html

Fresno Bee:
http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/03/08/1851855/la-pays-paraplegic-7m-to-settle.html

Mercury News:
http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_14637956?nclick_check=1

Monterey County - The Herald:
http://www.montereyherald.com/state/ci_14637956?nclick_check=1

Contra Costa Times:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_14637956

Orange County Register
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CA_TRIATHLON_ACCIDENT_SETTLEMENT_CAOL-?SITE=CAANR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

San Francisco Examiner:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/ap/87080592.html


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