A jury Thursday ordered Los Angeles County to pay $10.8 million to a man who said his legs were severely injured when he was struck by a forklift being driven near County-USC Medical Center in 2015.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury found in favor of James Cobb, who said he was struck from behind while in a marked crosswalk by a forklift operated by county employee John Hill the morning of Jan. 15, 2015. Cobb had just parked his car on Zonal Avenue and was walking to the hospital when the accident occurred, according to a claim Cobb filed with Los Angeles County prior to the lawsuit.

“The forklift rolled over Mr. Cobb, trapping him underneath,” the claim stated.

Hill attempted to free Cobb by placing the forklift into forward and reverse and by raising and lowering the forks, but the actions caused additional injuries to the plaintiff, according to the claim.

Bystanders tipped the forklift and freed Cobb, according to the claim, which further stated that Cobb suffered multiple fractures and other personal injuries.

Lawyers for Los Angeles County maintained Cobb’s negligence contributed to the accident and they disputed the extent of his claimed injuries.

–City News Service

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