Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

city bicyclistIn a personal injury case, you’ll likely need a variety of types of evidence to support your claims. This might include expert opinions, eyewitness testimony, document evidence, and photographic evidence. In the recent wrongful death case of a Chicago-area bicyclist, the bicyclist’s family had all of these things. With this substantial evidence backing up the plaintiffs’ case, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that the trial court was not unreasonable in finding for the plaintiffs and awarding $1.875 million in damages.

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Beer bongSchools at all levels, as part of the responsibility entrusted to them to safeguard the safety of their students, face the ongoing problem of hazing. One case that made headlines was the death of a pledge who passed away after a night of excessive drinking at an Illinois university fraternity house in November 2012. The case yielded the criminal prosecution of 22 students and a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of the dead student. A ruling last year by the First District Appellate Court revived the parents’ civil case and gave them a renewed opportunity to recover compensation for the wrongful death of their son.

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School swimming poolIn any school setting, school officials are responsible for the school’s students…all of those students, regardless of need. In any school, there are some students whose special needs may mean that extra steps are necessary to do a proper job of safeguarding those students’ physical well-being. According to a Chicago family’s lawsuit, a school’s failure to care properly for a 14-year-old boy with autism before allowing him in the school pool ended with the boy dead.

According to reports by multiple news sources, including the Chicago Tribune, the tragic drowning took place this past January at a Chicago public high school on the city’s southwest side. A group of students with special needs was using the school’s pool when it was discovered that one of the students was at the bottom of the pool. The boy was retrieved from the water, and attempts were made to try to revive him; however, he was already dead.

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