Boy Injured During Camping Trip Awarded $47.5 Million Settlement

posted by Heather Kemp -

A 12-year-old boy who lost his leg and a portion of his pelvis while camping at a public park is getting a $47.5 million settlement from a California municipality and utility.

Zachary Rowe was camping in San Mateo County Memorial Park with family in 2012 when a 72-foot-tall rotten tree fell on his tent while he was asleep.

He had 30 surgeries and spent six months in the hospital. Doctors had to amputate his right leg, pelvis and buttock to save his life.

The young man sued San Mateo County and its contractor Davey Tree saying the public property was unsafe and they had been negligent in taking care of the park.

He also sued PG&E and its contractor Western Environmental Consultants for negligence alleging they failed to properly maintain the area around power lines. 

San Mateo County and Davey Tree will pay $30 million and WECI will fork out $17.5 million to settle the suits, according Rowe's attorney.

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