Michael Burke and His Attorneys Browne Greene and Daniel K. Balaban Will Hold a Press Conference on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at San Diego Hall of Justice in Civil Trial Against City of San Diego

Burke’s Legs Crushed When City Maintained Palm Tree Toppled Over Him

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WHAT:

   

A press conference will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM on the courthouse steps at the San Diego Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA. 92101 to announce the start of trial and opening statements in a civil suit filed by Michael Burke against the City of San Diego (City). Burke alleges that the City’s failure to maintain trees in its purview, including removal of dead or hazardous trees, caused him severe harm when a 60-foot, multi-ton Queen Palm tree on the residential block of Lake Street in San Diego toppled over him on January 21, 2010, crushing his legs and rendering him a paraplegic, among other serious injuries. The case will be tried in San Diego Superior Court, Department 62 before the Hon. Ronald L. Styn. Michael Burke vs. City of San Diego, Case No. 37-2011-00086969-CU-PO-CTL

 

WHO:

Michael Burke and his wife, co-plaintiff Edith Burke, will appear with their attorneys, Browne Greene (www.greene-broillet.com) and Daniel K. Balaban (www.balaban-spielberger.com) at the press conference. Burke will address the public for the first time since he was injured on January 21, 2010 when a City maintained Queen Palm tree toppled over him, crushing his legs. Burke has lost the use of his legs and it is possible that they might have to be amputated.

 

Early on the morning of January 21, 2010, a towering Queen Palm tree on Lark Street where the Burkes reside toppled over and landed on top of his car which was photographed and documented by the City, with the police taping off the area but not the entire street. Burke called a friend to drive him to work. On the way, Burke realized that his computer was in his car and they returned to get it. However, before he could get the computer into his friend’s car, a second 60-foot palm tree adjacent to the already fallen palm tree toppled over onto Burke, crushing his legs.

 

“The City of San Diego has known for many years that the palm trees in the Lake Street residential area are aged, diseased and susceptible to falling,” explained Browne Greene. “Rather than regularly monitoring, maintaining and removing them on a timely basis, the City cut back on its inspections, placing budget considerations over the public’s safety. As a result of the City’s political indifference, Michael Burke will never walk again. We seek justice for him and hope to send a message to the public that until the City acts accountably that it should view the palm tress adorning the City’s streets not as stately giants, but hovering hazards with the potential to fall without warning, injuring or maiming anyone in their path.”

 

WHEN:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012

 

TIME:

8:00 AM

 

PLACE:

SAN DIEGO HALL OF JUSTICE, COURTHOUSE STEPS

330 WEST BROADWAY

SAN DIEGO, CA. 92101

Contacts

Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
KATHY PINCKERT, 310-576-1200 (Work)
Interim Public Relations Director
Cell: 949-887-0108
pinckert@greene-broillet.com

Release Summary

Browne Greene and Daniel Balaban to hold press conference in San Diego at start of negligence trial over City owned 60 ft. palm tree that toppled crushing Michael Burke's legs. Burke to participate.

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Contacts

Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
KATHY PINCKERT, 310-576-1200 (Work)
Interim Public Relations Director
Cell: 949-887-0108
pinckert@greene-broillet.com