Man Trips At U.S. Post Office; Taxpayers Lose $135,000

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In March 2010, Ricardo Palacios--a commercial truck driver with Direct Advertising--tripped over a wheel chock at a package drop-off dock at Santa Ana's United States Post Office on Sunflower Avenue, landed hard and fractured bones in his left foot.

To force the federal government to pay his expenses (including surgeries) plus expected, future costs, Palacios sued in August 2012.

Initially, government lawyers fought the case--claiming the injury amounted to a relatively minor, big toe dislocation and asserting that the plaintiff blamed himself at the time of the incident for not paying attention to his surroundings.

Mediation failed and a federal judge scheduled a five-day jury trial in Los Angeles.

But, in July, Palacios allowed a government picked doctor to conduct a thorough exam of the injuries and civil lawyers inside the U.S. Attorney's Office decided to abandon the fight this month.

Both parties stipulated to U.S. District Court Judge Fernando M. Olguin that a $135,000 payment from the federal treasury to Palacios ends the litigation.

According to court records, the truck driver originally demanded $1.2 million in compensation.

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gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Viva Palacios!  ariba ariba!  

gm0622
gm0622

pay him with stamps

Cee Cole
Cee Cole

how is the post office still open. they lost 9 billion dollars in one year

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

According to court records, the truck driver originally demanded $1.2 million in compensation.

$135.000 for a goofup that he himself made and admitted because he was not watching his surroundings, I'd say they got off lucky since they're $17 Billion in debt.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Wow, if there was ever a time to ask "Was that trip really necessary?" this is it...

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