An Oakland resident is threatening to sue the city of Mountain View for upward of $1 million after he reportedly broke his leg during a corporate team-building game at Shoreline Park.
The plaintiff, identified as Jian Chen, says the accident happened on the morning of April 17 at a grassy area west of Shoreline Lake that was reserved for a workforce event arranged by his employer, VMware. Chen and his co-workers lined up and donned vests to play a game similar to tag.
As the game began, Chen says he slipped on the wet grass and fell down an unmarked slope. The tumble ended up breaking his right femur, which required him to be taken by ambulance to El Camino Hospital. The injury later required surgery, and he still has not fully recovered, according to his complaint.
In a claim filed with Mountain View, Chen alleges city officials should be responsible for covering his costs because they are responsible for the safety of the park grounds. The full cost of accident surpasses $1 million, including medical expenses and loss of earnings, according to his claim.
Chen's legal threat was discussed by the City Council in closed session at its Oct. 22 meeting.