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Location: Chatsworth, California
Case: Barry Bowman v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
Court: Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, North Valley District, Case No. BC 329390.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Plaintiff’s attorneys Robert H. Tourtelot of Tourtelot & Butler, Los Angeles, California and Michael Alder of Alder Law, Beverly Hills, California.
Judge: The Honorable Holly E. Kendig.
Case Synopsis: Plaintiff Mr. Barry, Bowman, 59, was a retired officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, and was currently working as a security officer on a movie set. Tommy Wyatt, Jr., was a dump truck driver working under a contract with the City of Los Angeles.
On October 13, 2004, Mr. Bowman, was riding his motorcycle on his way home. Tommy Wyatt’s dump truck entered the intersection from a road on the right to make a left hand turn. The truck struck Mr. Bowman, and Mr. Bowman sustained major injuries, including:
- permanent brain damage,
- permanent loss of vision in one eye,
- substantial loss of hearing,
- a fractured hip joint and femur in his right leg,
- severance of his carotid artery from ear to ear, and
- two major strokes during the early stages of hospitalization.
As a result of these injuries, Mr. Bowman will require a caretaker 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the remainder of his life.
Mr. Bowman sued the City of Los Angeles and Defendant Wyatt. Bowman claimed that Wyatt was negligent in his operation of the vehicle and the City was liable as his employer. The City of Los Angeles argued that Wyatt was an independent contractor, not its employee, and that therefore the City was not liable for the accident.