Man Sues California City After Palm Tree Crushes Legs

November 27, 2012

A San Diego, Calif. man is suing the city after a palm tree fell on him and crushed his legs.

Michael Burke blames city budget cuts for the accident two years ago.

U-T San Diego says his lawsuit goes to trial on Dec. 3 and a victory could cost San Diego millions of dollars.

Burke was left without the use of his legs after a palm near his Mission Hills home toppled on him in January 2010 after a four-day storm.

His lawsuit claims cutbacks in tree-trimming and inspection services created a “ticking time bomb” of diseased and dead trees that could fall at any time.

San Diego says it was an unforeseeable accident and the city isn’t responsible.

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  • November 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    FFA says:
    Unless they knew the tree was a hazard. It was near his home. Did he inform San Diego that it was a hazard? Did anyone? Does the city own the tree?
  • November 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    Ruminator says:
    It is exceptionally unfortunate that Michael Burke lost the use of his legs; however, I agree with the City of San Diego: it was an accident and not the city's fault.
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