A 22-year-old woman is seeking $27 million from the City of Bellingham for falling at a park that caused her to be paralyzed in 2005. She was just 16 when the accident happened.
A Whatcom County Superior Court jury is now deliberating in the lawsuit.
She slipped on a wet spot on a trail near a swimming area at Whatcom Falls Park and fractured her spine. She is now in a wheelchair. It must be decided by jurors whether the city should be liable.
Suing the Government
Filing a lawsuit against the state, a county or a municipality is not like suing a corporation or individual. There are special procedures and specific court rules that are required when suing a governmental entity. As the victim of negligence by a governmental entity you must be very careful in filing a claim against a city as special rules apply and if you fail to follow those rules, the courts will not hear your case and you will be left with nothing.