LA will pay $21 million to man injured by falling part of street lamp

(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

LA will pay $21 million to man injured by falling part of street lamp

LA politics

Jenna Peterson

April 12, 2024

A man injured by a falling streetlight will receive a settlement of up to $21 million from the city of Los Angeles.

In November 2020, Ismael Soto Luna was at the corner of Roscoe Boulevard and Noble Avenue in Van Nuys when a two-pound metal cover from a street lamp hit his head and knocked him to the ground, according to a lawsuit he filed against the city. .

The impact fractured his skull and three months later he was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury, the lawsuit said. His condition gradually worsened and in 2023 he was diagnosed with dementia, according to the lawsuit.

Municipal regulations required

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The streetlight’s cover “must be so secured in place that the normal forces of nature will not cause it to become loose and fall,” the lawsuit said.

Ivor Pine, a spokesperson for the city attorney’s office, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The city council approved the settlement



together with The council has also approved

other settlements, totaling more than $40 million.

A man who claimed an LAPD officer in a department vehicle hit him while crossing the street in downtown LA will receive $15.25 million.

Another $1.9 million will be paid

A lawsuit in which a man was allegedly seriously injured after the wheel of his scooter became stuck on uneven terrain at a crosswalk in Westwood

will be settled for $1.9 million



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