City approves $75,000 for man injured in trash truck fall

Victim was taking part in community service

November 16, 2011|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved Wednesday a $75,000 settlement to a man who was injured after falling off a city trash truck while taking part in court-ordered community service program.

The man, Alvin Trotter, was assigned to ride a trash truck in 2008 after choosing to take part in a community service program after being charged with marijuana possession, city solicitor George Nilson said.

A few days after he began the service, Trotter was ordered by a supervisor to ride on a platform of a truck and was not given protective eyewear, Nilson said.

"He was slapped in the face by leaves and branches," said Nilson. "Unfortunately, a telephone pole got in the way."

Trotter fell in an alley, sustaining injuries that caused him to incure $55,000 in medical bills and lose a similar amount in missed wages from his job as a carpenter, Nilson said.

Trotter initially filed a claim against the city in Baltimore Circuit Court, but a judge dismissed that case. The Court of Special Appeals ruled this year that the city should be responsible for Trotter's injuries because he could be considered a city employee at the time of the accident.

The city and Trotter's attorneys reached the settlement out of court. The Board of Estimates, which is comprised of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Comptroller Joan Pratt, and other city officials, voted in favor of the settlement. Young abstained from the vote.

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