Kay Plyler, a North Carolina town official, was killed in March 2008 when high winds allegedly blew a rotting tree onto her SUV. Now, Plyler’s family has reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte.
According to reports released on Tuesday, the city agreed to an undisclosed settlement amount just before jury selection in the wrongful death lawsuit was about to begin. Attorneys for Plyer say that the city was aware of the tree, which had a decaying root system, but didn’t warn residents of the danger.
Now, in order to prevent future tragic accidents such as the one suffered by Plyler, Charlotte officials argue that they regularly inspect trees year-round. However, the plaintiff’s attorney is still concerned about the regularity in which trees come crashing down during storms and is also worried that the city will continue to fail to do enough to prevent something serious from happening in the future.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.