But, she said, if people have tended to slip on the rocky downward slopes near the top of the park, the city should look into making those areas safer. She suggested a switchback might be possible. Glenn, Rivera’s sister, suggested installing a rail to hang on to, or putting in bigger or better rocks to increase traction.
Rodriguez also incurred costs as a result of her injury. Her insurance covered most of the financial cost: she spent several hundred dollars on immediate medical care, she said, and didn’t have to pay for the airlift. But she was also wasn’t able to work — as a doctor — for two weeks.
And, two years later, the injury still sometimes causes problems, Rodriguez said. Sometimes her ankle tightens, and she has to stretch it out before she can walk around easily. On a trip to Palm Springs in April, she found herself unable to start hiking a relatively flat trail because the rocky and dry trailhead reminded her of her injury, she said.
“I had a little PTSD,” Rodriguez said. “I was like, nope, I’m not going to do it, can’t do it, can’t deal, I don’t care how many plates and screws I have.”
In a 2019 Register article, Rodriguez called for more signs and maintenance along the trails of the Westwood Hills Park. At the time, the city was reportedly in the process of naming the trails and making signs to identify those trails, according to the article.