In Chicago, Illinois personal injury lawyers were recently awarded a nice verdict in a premises liability wrongful death case, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The fatality happened as a result of a fire in an apartment building owned by the defendants. The deceased, a tenant in the building, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Cook County lawsuit alleged that the defendant failed to have smoke detectors in common areas of the building. The defense argued that the decedent was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol at the time of the fire.
Prior to trial the Estate demanded $910,000 to settle the case, and the defendants made no offer. The jury awared $1,353,249 (10% off 1,503,610 for comparative fault). The trial was in front of the Honorable Susan Ruscitti Grussel, Cook County Case No. 03 L 11032.
The plaintiff was represented by Kirk A. Moyer of Chicago. The defendants were represented by Alton Haynes and Brian O’Neill, and John F. Brennan.
These comments were posted by David Abels & Associates, P.C., a premises liability law firm that represents clients throughout the Chicago area and the entire State of Illinois. Many of our clients come from Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, McHenry County, Kane County, and Will County, as well as nearby towns and neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, Logan Square, Evanston, Skokie, Wheaton, North Chicago, Waukegan, Elgin, Joliet, Rockford, and Orland Park.
Accident lawyers from our firm handle all kinds of injuries resulting from premises liability cases, including fractures, lacerations, spinal injuries, and severe burns. They also handle Chicago area wrongful death cases for families who have lost loved ones because another person was negligent and caused a fatality.