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Woman in trip-and-fall case seeks damages from city

Husband, who is seeking $65,000, also claims his wife's injury is disrupting their sex life.

October 11, 2011|By Joseph Serna

COSTA MESA — A married couple has filed a claim against the city alleging losses of earnings and consortium after the wife hurt her ankle tripping on a Harbor Boulevard pothole, records show.

In a claim filed Aug. 17, Karen Olson, 40, is seeking $95,000 from the city for loss of earning power and treatment after she tripped and fell crossing Harbor at Wilson Street on June 25.

According to the claim, Olson suffered "a painful wrenching, tearing and laceration of ligaments." She was treated at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and at the Bristol Park Medical Group in Costa Mesa. She is unemployed.

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Her husband, Mark Olson, 44, is seeking $65,000 and claiming a torn ligament in his wife's ankle that requires a brace and crutches has disrupted their sex life, leading to the loss of consortium.

An attorney for the Olsons did not return calls for comment.

The claim offered Costa Mesa the chance to settle for $160,000, but that expired at the end of September without the city responding. The duo has yet to file a claim in civil court, records show.

joseph.serna@latimes.com

Twitter: @JosephSerna

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