Paralyzed Bicyclist Receives $8 Million Settlement from Washington

Bicycle accident lawsuit resolved with $8 million settlementThe Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has recently settled a personal injury lawsuit with a bicyclist that was paralyzed after being thrown from his bicycle, due to allegedly poor construction of a bridge he was crossing.

Mickey Gendler's bicycle tire allegedly got stuck in a gap between two steel plates in the bridge, causing him to fly over his handlebars and land on his head, cracking his helmet and paralyzing him from the neck down, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Gendler's lawsuit claimed the gap between the steel plates was big enough to catch his bike tire and therefore unsafe, and uncovered a previous bike crash involving the same gap that had occurred several years earlier.

The WSDOT reportedly settled with Gendler without admitting any fault, but has since covered the gap with epoxy to prevent future accidents. The $8 million settlement covers Gendler's medical expenses, but not pain and suffering, according to the news source. The plaintiff's car accident lawyer expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the case, saying that the WSDOT "stepped up to the plate."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 500,000 people are treated annually in emergency rooms in the U.S. for bicycle-related injuries.