The City Commissioners approved a $236,500.00 personal injury settlement at their May 13 meeting. The settlement will resolve the claims of Steven Parton, who tripped on a city sidewalk in 2015 and developed multiple health issues.

According to the meeting agenda, in August 2015, Steven Parton tripped and struck his head and face on a city sidewalk on Baringer Hills Drive. Staff reports that he was treated in the emergency room and released the same day, but he began to experience balance issues, headaches, and falls in the next weeks.

“The doctors found a large subdural hematoma which required immediate brain surgery and extended hospital care,” staff reports. “As a result of his brain bleed, he was taken off his blood thinner medication, Coumadin. A few weeks later, he developed clotting to his renal artery limiting blood flow to his spleen and kidneys.”

In the following two and a half years, Parton underwent four surgeries attempting to increase blood flow to his kidneys. Staff reports that his last surgery required stent placement in his right renal artery, making his right kidney smaller than his left as a result.

According to the meeting agenda, Parton’s past medical expenses exceed $235,000, and he will likely have additional future medical expenses as his kidneys need to be monitored.

“Mr. and Mrs. Parton filed suit against the City seeking damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages recoverable under Florida law,” staff reports.

The $236,500 settlement has been approved by the Liability Oversight Committee. It will be paid with Risk Management funds.

 

Source: Tallahassee Reports

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