A few thoughts about this one in addition to much sympathy for the cyclist. Very sad outcome for Clifford Brown - to need home care because a sidewalk had not been maintained. His life is forever changed. A few questions and thoughts...
1. Is it legal to ride on the sidewalk in San Diego?
2. If it isn't, how did the cyclist manage to get this settlement?
3. What would our city do if in the same position? We have some pretty dangerous conditions in some of our bike lanes and bike paths e.g. lakefront at times. Something every city should take note of - infrastructure is critical to maintain or horrible injuries can occur.
Brown filed suit against the city in 2015, as San Diego was responsible for repairing the damaged sidewalk that created the problem. But the case just now reached a settlement—one of the largest the city has every paid out in terms of personal injury when infrastructure is in play. (Taking the top spot in San Diego is a $7.6 million settlement awarded in 2012 to a man who was crushed by a fallen tree.)
This isn’t the first time a cyclist has won a multi-million dollar personal-injury settlement against a city with regard to infrastructure negligence. In 1992, an insurance salesman won $3.1 million from Newport Beach after a crash on a poorly-maintained path in the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve left him with severe brain damage. And last July, the City of Seattle settled with a family for $3.5 million after a truck turning killed young mother Sher Kung in 2014—an accident caused by unsafe traffic conditions on the road. Those cases are less common than the more standard payouts of a few thousand dollars in damages.