Woman settles Calif. trash injury suit for $535K

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Posted: Mar 23, 2011 4:43 PM
Woman settles Calif. trash injury suit for $535K

A former Southern California woman who claims she suffered neck injuries from a tossed trash bag full of tissue paper has bagged a $535,000 settlement.

Anne Burdette's attorney tells the Orange County Register that his client has settled a lawsuit accusing a janitorial company of negligence.

Burdette claimed that in 2007, an office cleaner tossed a 3- to 5-pound bag of tissue paper down a stairwell at the UPS center in Anaheim where she worked. Burdette claims it struck her in the head and aggravated an existing neck injury.

Her attorney, Alex Galindo, says Burdette couldn't return to work and has since moved to Hawaii.

An executive for the janitorial company, Empire Building & Environmental Services of Alhambra, declined to comment Wednesday.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com