Abels & Annes

Chicago area premises liability attorney obtains $1 million settlement for porch collapse victim

The Daily Herald is reporting that a woman injured in a Cary, Illinois porch collapse will receive a $1 million settlement to compensate her for her injuries. The woman suffered a serious ankle fracture and multiple abrasions when her backyard deck collapsed. Surgery was required to repair the fracture, and another surgery will be needed in the future. A homebuilder from Lombard has agreed to pay on the claim.

The plaintiff filed a premises liability lawsuit in 2009 against the homebuilder for negligent work that did not comply with the village’s building code, which required the defendant to use lag bolts on unattached decks. The attorney for the plaintiff stated the deck had been put together with only nails.

The victim’s Illinois premises liability attorney, Francis Murphy of Corboy & Demetrio, stated that the deck tore away from the back of the home, which is located in the 300 block of Oakmont Drive, as the plaintiff stepped onto it from her kitchen.

The settlement was just approved by a Judge in McHenry County, Illinois.

Last month there were two separate Chicago area porch collapses that occurred on the same weekend, sending many to area hospitals. One accident occurred in the City Chicago, and the other in suburban Tinley Park.

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