The Honolulu City Council is considering approving a $1 million settlement in a case involving a 2-year-old boy who was permanently injured during a city-sponsored Easter Egg hunt in 2008.
According to a complaint filed in 2010, the child and his grandmother were part of a crowd of people who were standing near picnic tables in the upper area of the Kaimuki Community Park to attend an Easter Egg hunt on March 15, 2008.
City officials directed the crowd to the lower area of the park, where the children’s playground is located. As the crowd moved toward the only descending steps, the child “became separated from his grandmother and either stumbled or was pushed off the wall to the level below.”
The 2-year-old boy hit his head on the concrete pavement at the bottom of the 4-foot wall.
He sustained “severe and permanent injuries, including but not limited to blunt head trauma, brain damage and significant psychological injuries,” the complaint alleged. He “continues to suffer extreme pain, severe emotional distress and mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.”
The lawsuit alleged city officials should have eliminated or warned against the “risk of harm created by a high retaining wall with no fall protections.”
The Council is set to take up the settlement Wednesday for the case Eric Reiny et al. versus the City and County of Honolulu.
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