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Cyclist injured while crossing park bridge adds to lawsuit


Cyclist injured while crossing park bridge adds to lawsuit

A Williamson county resident who is seeking $250,000 in damages after slipping on his bicycle while crossing a Brentwood park bridge has added a fourth subcontractor to their complaint.

A Williamson County resident who is seeking $250,000 in damages after slipping on his bicycle while crossing a Brentwood park bridge has added a fourth subcontractor to his complaint.

In September 2014, Brentwood Home Page reported Jeffrey Wertz filed a lawsuit in the Williamson County Circuit Court for an accident that occurred the year before in 2013. Wertz said he was injured after he fell off his bike as he crossed a bridge near Wilson Pike, just north of Ravenwood High School.

Wertz’s complaint claimed the City of Brentwood and three of its hired contractors were negligent in the construction of the bridge, the materials used, and the failure to notify about the bridge’s potential dangers.

“The surface was extremely, unexpectedly and unnaturally slippery and unreasonably dangerous and he lost control of his bike due to the unreasonably dangerous condition,” the lawsuit claimed.

On Tuesday, City Attorney Roger Horner said Wertz added a fourth subcontractor, Brown Builders Inc., the firm that installed the bridge, to his complaint.

Horner also said the lawsuit is still in the discovery phase and the city anticipates depositions will be scheduled before long.

In November 2014, Brentwood officials denied fault and now seek dismissal of the complaint, and maintain every bridge on a city trail has a sign that cautions pedestrians and bicyclists bridges may be slippery when wet.

Wertz seeks $225,000 for permanent and continuing injuries, as well as “lost income and earning capacity, experienced a loss of enjoyment of life, serious physical and mental pain and suffering, and will continue to do so in the future.”

His wife, Gina, seeks an additional $25,000 because she “has suffered, and will continue to suffer, the loss and consortium of her husband.”

Horner said during the “discovery period” there is a good deal of pre-trial outside the courtroom and, typically, cases like this are required to go to mediation before the judge will set a trial date.

The city of Brentwood also demands reimbursement for its legal fees should the city win the case.

Jonathan Romeo covers Brentwood for Home Page Media Group. He can be reached at jonathan@brentwoodhomepage.com

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