A girl living in a suburb of San Diego is suing the city because of inadequate curbs and sidewalks. She lives with cerebral palsy and several other serious disabilities. The San Diego Union-Tribune talked about the case.
The federal lawsuit claims that the condition of the sidewalks makes it impossible for her to visit parks and businesses. It also claims that she cannot build leg muscles by walking through the neighborhood with a wheeled gait trainer device.
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She wants the city to make upgrades so she can have full and equal access to the neighborhood. Currently she’s confined to her own block. Her doctors say that she should be walking “aggressively” with her gait trainer but she cannot do that indoors and there’s not enough safe room outside.
The suit also claims that the girl suffers from mental difficulties due to the lack of independence, which causes her anxiety and embarrassment.
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Attorneys for San Diego says that the current state of the neighborhood complies with state and federal laws, and that correcting “technical violations” would cause an “unreasonable hardship” on the city. The city faces numerous sidewalk lawsuits each year, but most come from tripping over broken sidewalks.
The city has scheduled a conference to discuss a settlement.