An Illinois man is seeking a cash settlement from the suburban city of Zion and five Zion police officers for Illinois personal injuries sustained in addition to alleged violations of his civil rights. The plaintiff, a forty one year old man, claims that Illinois police officers in the city of Zion injured him near his residence when they Tasered him and allegedly manufactured evidence against him in relation a fight near his house. The Illinois injury plaintiff was acquitted of the criminal misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and has since filed a federal lawsuit seeking monetary damages against the city. The Illinois injury plaintiff is seeking monetary damages including punitive damages, costs, and attorney fees. He alleges that the arresting officers are guilty of false arrest, conspiracy, excess force and battery.
The Chicago personal injury lawyers of Levin & Perconti are familiar with damages in injury lawsuits and want our readers to notice that the Tasered Illinois man is seeking punitive damages in the lawsuit. Punitive damages are damages intended to reform or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the personal injury lawsuit or other lawsuit. Although the purpose of the punitive damages is not to compensate the plaintiff, the plaintiff will in fact receive all or some portion of the punitive damage award. Punitive damages are awarded only in special cases, usually under tort law in cases like our injury attorneys do, where the defendant’s conduct was egregious.
More information about the civil rights lawsuit is available at the Lake County News-Sun.