Suburban Chicago man to receive $5.1 million in brain injury settlement

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Brain Injury on Monday, November 12, 2012

A suburban Chicago construction worker has settled his brain-injury lawsuit for $5.1 million in DuPage County.

The Orland Park man, 56, was left with severe injuries after a stack of lumber fell three stories on a work site, striking him in the head.

The pile of wood apparently fell from a forklift at a Chicago construction site in the Irving Park neighborhood.

The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning worker sustained a concussion that left him with diminished memory and learning capabilities, according to a media report.

The worker’s attorney relied on recent neuropathlogical research by physicians. They had studied the effects of concussions on National Football League players’ brains. The research shows that a single concussion was the source of the worker’s symptoms which are reportedly similar to the debilitation conditions of Alzheimer’s disease.

“It is the cutting edge of traumatic neurology,” the attorney said of the research.

The settlement is with two defendants: the general contractor on the job and a carpentry subcontractor. The worker was an employee of a heating and cooling systems installation subcontractor.

The injured man sued the defendants, alleging construction negligence and a willful violation of the Illinois Structural Work Act. That law requires the use of stays or supports to prevent these kinds of accidents.

The settlement is apparently a record-high agreement in DuPage County, according to court records researched by a media outlet.

These kinds of injuries can leave victims with a lifetime of medical problems and bills. With the assistance of an attorney experienced in personal injury law, they can often receive compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages caused by negligence.

Source: Daily Herald, “DuPage brain-injury lawsuit settled for $5.1 million,” Nov. 9, 2012

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