Woman receives $1.2 million settlement for traumatic brain injury

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Brain Injury on Friday, April 5, 2013

As a citizen of Chicago, you have the right to believe that the public property the city and state of Illinois is responsible for maintaining is safe. When accidents occur because of the negligence of a government owned entity, the injured party may be entitled to compensation.

This was the case for a woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle crash that was caused by improper trail maintenance and design. She filed a lawsuit against the city and state where she lives along with the construction company that built the trail. She was recently awarded a $1.2 million settlement.

The accident occurred nearly five years ago when the woman was riding her bike along a trail. After she came off of a hill, her bike hit a patch of mud, causing her to lose control and hit her head on the paved trail. Even though she was wearing a helmet at the time, the impact left her with a traumatic brain injury. She had to be hospitalized for an extended period of time and undergo surgeries to help her heal. She now suffers from epileptic seizures as a result of the accident and is unable to go back to work.

This accident could have been avoided had the trail been properly designed and built in the first place. Because the trail did not have the slope required to allow for proper drainage, mud built up at the bottom, posing a hazard to bicyclists. The city, state and construction company were all held responsible because it was determined that they each played a role in approving the trail and building it.

This woman’s life will never be the same because of the negligence of the three parties named in her lawsuit. Hopefully the settlement will help to cover the medical costs and her lost wages from missing work.

Source: Press-Citizen, “Bicycle accident lawsuit settled for $1.2 million,” Ryan J. Foley, Mar. 15, 2013