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Los Angeles County Sheriff Recommends $40,000 Settlement for Wheelchair Access Claim

The County Attorney for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department recommended that a claim filed by Daniel Lopez pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a wheelchair bound paraplegic, for injuries sustained while attempting to be pulled up the stairs of the Lennox Sheriff's station be settled for $40,000.00 "due to the risks, uncertainties, and costs of litigation." The Lennox station had not been equipped with a wheelchair access ramp. While a deputy was assisting Mr. Lopez up the front steps, he fell forward, landed on the ground, and was transported to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation and treatment.

The County Attorney's Office recommended that a wheelchair access ramp be constructed at the Lennox station as soon as possible, which was accomplished, and that a similar ramp be constructed within one hundred twenty days at the Santa Clarita station, which had no access ramp as well, since such problem could have County wide implications. See: Claim of Daniel Lopez, No. 07 1054082, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, December 21, 2007.

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