Friday, September 22, 2017

Yolanda Avila's lawsuit against the city has been "resolved"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM

click to enlarge Avila with her service dog, Puma. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Avila with her service dog, Puma.
The lawsuit filed against the city and Qwest Corp. by Yolanda Avila last year, before Avila was elected to a seat on Colorado Springs City Council, has been "resolved," Avila reports.

According to city records, the city and Avila agreed on a stipulation for dismissal, and Avila tells the Independent in a phone interview she was not paid any money by the city. She says the agreement that ended the case contained a "confidentiality clause" that bars her from discussing the matter.

Avila, who is legally blind, was injured when she stepped into an open vault on the sidewalk on Nov. 24, 2014, on the southeast corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Chelton Road. She suffered a permanent ankle injury, and her medical bills alone totaled $69,670, according to the lawsuit.

The court file doesn't specify whether she settled her case with Qwest.

Avila was elected to a seat on City Council in April to represent District 4, which covers the southeast portion of the city.

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