Man paralyzed in San Diego trolley station fall gets $21.5M

SAN DIEGO -- An Imperial Beach man who was injured when he tripped and fell on trolley tracks in downtown San Diego is receiving a $21.5 million settlement from the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
 
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that 57-year-old David Long was injured in May 2013 when he stepped off the trolley at the 12th and Imperial Transit Station in East Village and tripped over a piece of track where workers had ground down the asphalt. He hit his head on the platform and suffered fractures to vertebrae in his neck and injuries to his spinal cord. His lawyers say the injuries made him quadriplegic.
 
Long filed a lawsuit against the transit system HMS Construction Inc., Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises, Inc., San Diego Transit Corporation, San Diego Trolley, Inc., and other agencies in January 2014. The case settled in late July.
  
 
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