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Glendale Pays Out $125K to Man Who Fell Down on Sidewalk

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Glendale paid out $125,000 to a man whose nasty tumble on a sidewalk in the city left him temporarily unconscious and with a permanently damaged left eye.

The money was a settlement for a slip-and-fall-suit filed by Michael Donovan over an incident that happened back in 2009. He claimed that as he walked back to his car from a dinner party while he was holding a large container of leftovers, he tripped and fell over a sidewalk that had been cracked and raised by a magnolia tree, according to the Glendale News-Press. The fall left Donovan hospitalized and the globe of his left eye was ruptured and permanently damaged.

“As a result of the injury sustained to my left eye, I will suffer from a significant reduction [in vision] in my left eye,” Donovan said in court documents cited by the News-Press.

Originally, he sued the city and the owner of the home where he had just dined, claiming that his dinner hostess Mary McVay should have trimmed the tree which was blocking a lamp. The suit against McVay was eventually dismissed.