$1 Million For Pacific Grove Wrongful Death ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

$1 Million For Pacific Grove Wrongful Death

The city of Pacific Grove has reached a wrongful death settlement of $1 million with the family of an elderly woman who was killed when a tree branch fell on her. 85-year-old Anne Dickinson was at Pacific Grove's Monarch Grove Sanctuary in 2004 (27NOV04) with her son and three grandchildren when a 30-foot section of the pine struck her head after falling from approximately 50 to 60 feet. The lawsuit also included claims for emotional distress by Dickinson's son Royal and his three children, as well as wrongful death claims from Royal and his sister, Diana Shaffter. Pacific Grove arborist Frank Ono testified in a pretrial deposition that he had warned city officials three weeks before the incident that certain trees in the butterfly grove posed a risk to the public. Pacific Grove public works director Steve Leiker corroborated Ono's statement in another deposition. The court and the Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority, which insures the city, still have to approve the settlement which was reached on Friday (13OCT06). Pacific Grove is likely to end up paying less than ten percent of the damages.

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