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MIAMI-DADE CIRCUIT COURT

A jury ordered the city of Miami Beach to pay more than $800,000 to a moped rider who was injured in a traffic collision with a city employee.

In 2016, Juan Abanto, 41, stopped his moped at a red light on Tenth Street at Alton Road. The car in front of him was driven by a city parking-enforcement officer. Abanto claimed the driver reversed the car, which struck his right leg and caused him to twist his body to avoid impact. He was diagnosed with a torn labrum at his right shoulder and two herniated spinal discs, among other injuries.

Abanto alleged the the city was liable for its employee’s negligence. The city denied the driver struck Abanto. The jury awarded Abanto $820,650. His wife received $25,000 for a total award of $845,650.

Case: Abanto v. City of Miami Beach, No. 2017-021149-CA-01

Plaintiffs attorneys: Gary A. Friedman and Zachary A. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Miami

Defense attorney: Emomotimi S. Brisibe, Miami Beach city attorney’s office, Miami Beach