Suits filed against UC allege 2 sustained injuries on UC Berkeley property due to negligence

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Two lawsuits containing allegations of personal injuries that took place at UC Berkeley were filed against the UC Regents last week in Alameda County Superior Court.

Both lawsuits claim university employees failed to properly maintain campus premises, causing physical injury to the plaintiffs, who are seeking more than $25,000 in compensatory damages.

Thomas Szwed Sr., who slipped in a freezer at a Memorial Stadium concession stand, filed a suit Tuesday alleging that the university failed to remedy or provide any warning about the slick conditions.

In a suit filed by Ida and Efren Dela Cruz on Wednesday, Ida Dela Cruz alleged that campus employees “created a dangerous condition” by failing to trim back overgrowth on a pathway, causing her to trip over the “camouflaged edge” and smash her face on the ground. Additionally, Efren Dela Cruz alleged that his wife’s injuries deprived him of sexual relations and companionship.

UC spokesperson Steve Montiel said Friday the university had no comment because it hadn’t been served with either lawsuit yet.

Case management conferences for both suits are scheduled for early January of next year.

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