The Northern California city of Roseville and a paratransit company have been ordered to pay $6.4 million to a quadriplegic man who was injured while getting on a bus.
Thomas Avery was being hoisted onto a paratransit bus in April 2008 when his wheelchair rolled backward off the platform and dropped him 6 feet into his head. The accident caused severe brain injury.
Avery's lawsuit over the faulty lift named the city and MV Transportation, which operates the city's paratransit system under contract.
The Sacramento Bee reports that a Placer County jury determined last week that MV Transportation will pay 83 percent of damages and the city 17 percent.
A Roseville spokeswoman says the city acknowledges some responsibility. The company's attorney declined comment.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com