The Associated Press reports that the Chicago City Council has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man injured by an intoxicated city worker in 2011. The victim of the Chicago pedestrian accident was a computer scientist who is now permanently disabled because of the negligence of the city worker.
Our firm represents another man injured in the very same accident, when an intoxicated Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker hit eight people on May 21st, 2011 at the corner of Rush and Cedar streets in Chicago. The negligent driver is now serving a nine-year prison term after pleading guilty to the charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. This is the first settlement stemming from this accident, with three other cases are pending, including the man that our attorneys represent. Our client is a 28-year-old resident of Chicago who was participating in a wedding video shoot for his wife’s company when the negligent driver lost control and struck him. He sustained several spinal factures, a broken fibula and a broken tibia. He was also forced to remain hospitalized for nearly a week. Worst of all, he was scheduled to begin law school in 2011, but was forced to defer his admission for a year to give himself time to recover.
When attorneys Steve Levin and Susan Novosad filed the lawsuit in June 2011, he stated, “unfortunately, [the defendant’s] carelessness and [Chicago’s] failure to supervise its employees has severely impacted this young family’s future. We hope that this lawsuit will bring them fair and reasonable compensation. We also hope that it will prompt [Chicago] to create more effective drug and alcohol screening processes for employees, especially those operating large vehicles and heavy machinery.”
We believe it is important to hold negligent wrongdoers accountable for their actions with competent advocacy from experienced personal injury attorneys, like the ones at our firm. Our lawyers have helped injured victims and their families recover from acts of negligence since 1992.
Our number one goal is to achieve the best possible results for each of our clients in every case we handle. Our litigation team has recovered over $420 million in settlements and verdicts for clients. We hope to have another positive settlement soon for the young man injured by the careless Chicago city worker last year.