REDDING, Calif. - A construction worker from Redding reached a $37.35 million settlement with Caltrans after he was paralyzed during a roadside incident in 2011.
Kyle Anderson was 20 years old when he suffered a severe brain injury that left him as a quadriplegic with “locked-in syndrome.” According to Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel law firm, Anderson was paralyzed after he was struck by a car at an unsafe Caltrans roadside worksite in 2011.
Anderson's legal team found that Caltrans negligently failed to implement safety procedures to protect workers from oncoming traffic and attempted to cover up the incident.
The legal team's finding state that said Caltrans removed safety features one hour before the incident, withheld information from law enforcement investigators, and closed its internal investigation less than 10 hours after Anderson was injured.
“This preventable incident irreparably changed the lives of Kyle and his parents, Matt and Robin Anderson," said Russell Reiner, the trial attorney on the case.
The $37.35 million settlement is believed to be the largest Caltrans settlement for an individual, according to the law firm.
Reiner said the settlement will ensure that Anderson will receive 24/7 medical care, including new medical therapies for his injuries.
Kyle's parents, Matt and Robin Anderson, released the following statement in regards to the settlement:
“It is our family’s hope that Caltrans management will learn from what our son is going through and strive to safely ensure that other families will not be forced to endure what Kyle will suffer the remainder of his life. We urge Caltrans to follow their rules to protect workers, contractors and the public.”