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Man paralyzed by tree takes the stand

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man who is suing the city for negligence after he was paralyzed by a falling tree took the stand Monday.

Michael Burke's legs were crushed when a 60-foot palm tree fell on him during a storm nearly three years ago. He claims the accident is the result of budget cuts to tree trimming services and inspections.

Burke says he was putting his computer in a friend's car when the tree toppled onto him.

"I fell on the ground and the palm tree was on top of me and I was in severe, severe pain," Burke said.

Burke is asking for $8 million in damages. The city says it has no way of knowing if a tree will fall during a storm.

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