Man Sues Wisconsin City After Wheelchair Fall

A man is suing a Wisconsin city after his wheelchair slipped off of a city ramp.A man who claims to have suffered serious injuries after his wheelchair tipped on a ramp between the street and sidewalk has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the City of Sheboygan that is going to trial this week, reported the Sheboygan Press.

Wisconsin resident Ronald Behr claims the incident occurred in May 2009 at North 11th Street and St. Clair Avenue. According to the newspaper, the complaint said Behr was on a ramp from the sidewalk to the street when a section of patched asphalt broke loose, causing his wheelchair to dig into the road and throw him forward to the ground. The lawsuit said Behr sustained "severe and permanent injuries" as a result of the fall.

The plaintiff alleges that repair work on the road was done in a "careless and negligent manner" and that the city was aware of the danger the improperly-patched asphalt could cause, reported the source.

The paper said Behr is seeking compensatory damages as determined at trial and reimbursement of attorney fees.

Sheboygan is a small city located on Lake Michigan. It is well known for producing bratwurst and has a population of more than 50,000.