Our Illinois personal injury attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of Stephen Dewart yesterday. Mr. Dewart is a 27-year old area man who was seriously injured after he was run down on the sidewalk in the River North neighborhood by a drunk city worker. The accident occurred last month as Mr. Dewart was participating in a photo shoot for his wife’s company. An intoxicated City of Chicago worker lost control of his truck and ran it off the road into a crowd on the corner of Rush and Cedar streets. Steven M. Levin and Susan L. Novosad officially filed the Chicago pedestrian accident lawsuit this week in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
In total eight people were struck as the Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker egregiously left the road and drove his truck into the unsuspecting crowd. After the accident it was discovered that the reckless driver had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and an open brandy bottle was found in his vehicle.
Mr. Dewart suffered significant injuries in the accident. Steve Levin explained, “Stephen suffered several spinal fractures, a broken fibula and a broken tibia, and was hospitalized for six days. He had a rod surgically placed in his lower right leg and is presently wheelchair bound. He is home now, but will require a lengthy and arduous period of physical therapy and rehabilitation.”
But not only that, Mr. Dewart’s future plans had to be changed following the devastating tragedy. Levin reports that, “Stephen was supposed to start law school last week, but had to defer his admission for a year in order to recover from his injuries. […] We hope that this lawsuit will bring them [the Dewart family] fair and reasonable compensation. We also hope that it will prompt the City to create more effective drug and alcohol screening processes for employees, especially those operating large vehicles and heavy machinery.”
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain extremely proud of our work fighting for victims of unacceptable conduct. Victims whose lives are dramatically altered because of the negligent conduct of others deserve fairness and redress for their losses with a platform to hold their wrongdoers accountable.
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