Man Injured while Working on State Route 101 Receives Settlement of $575,000.00 to Settle Lawsuit

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Surprise resident receives a $575,000.00 settlement against a local street sweeping company for injuries sustained when he was pulled under a street sweeping machine.

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Raul Chavez, a resident of Surprise, Arizona, settled a lawsuit against a local street sweeping company for five hundred seventy five thousand dollars ($575,000.00) for injuries he sustained when a driver of the street sweeping company pulled Mr. Chavez under the sweeper and crushed his leg. Mr. Chavez retained Phoenix attorney Michael Córdova,, to represent him.

    In June 2011, Raul Chavez was working on the State Route 101 improvement project commissioned by the Arizona Department of Transportation to add High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes from Interstate 10 to Tatum Boulevard. While working at the construction site, Raul Chavez was laying paving wire for the paving machines when a street sweeper, operated by an employee of C&S Sweeping Services, Inc., drove over the paving wire and pulled it under the vehicle. Mr. Chavez became entangled in the wire, was dragged under the sweeper and suffered severe injuries.

Raul Chavez suffered a severe crush injury to his right leg with complete avulsion of the skin from below the knee to his ankle. Essentially his leg was crushed and his skin was ripped off from his knee to his ankle. After multiple surgeries and a skin graft, Mr. Chavez was left with a permanent impairment of his right leg.

    The complaint was filed on October 6, 2011, Chavez v. Parker, C&S Sweeping Services, Inc., Maricopa County Superior Court, Case No. CV2011-018434, by the Law Offices of Michael Cordova and co-counsel Jeffrey Gill. Raul Chavez argued that driver of the street sweeper negligently operated the street sweeper by failing to see the wire in the road causing Mr. Chavez’ injuries. In addition, Mr. Chavez argued that C&S Sweeping failed to properly maintain the street sweeper. Specifically, a known issue with the street sweeper’s rear broom failing to turn off caused the sweeper to pull the wire under the sweeper and injure Mr. Chavez.

    C&S Sweeping and Mr. Parker defended the lawsuit claiming that Mr. Chavez and his co-workers were negligent by failing to properly warn the sweeper driver the paving wire was on the ground. In addition, C&S Sweeping maintained the street sweeper was properly maintained and had no defects at the time of the incident.

    Only one year after the incident, the parties resolved Mr. Chavez' claims. The lawsuit was dismissed as part of a settlement agreement paying Mr. Chavez $575,000.00 in damages.

    People who have suffered serious injuries or the loss of a family member can contact the Law Offices of Michael Córdova, or visit the website,

About Law Offices of Michael Córdova:
The Law Offices of Michael Córdova was founded in 1994 by Michael Fairbairn Córdova, a graduate of Harvard Law School. The law firm is one of the leading Plaintiff’s law firms in the State of Arizona. The Law Firm handles a variety of injury and accident cases, including construction site accidents, premises liability, tractor trailer accidents, and accidents involving serious injury and wrongful death.

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