PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

Cook County man paralyzed by falling branch, settlement possible

When some people see something that could cause injury on property owned by a government entity, they will sometimes contact the appropriate authorities to make a complaint or notify them of the problem. That is what happened when people noticed dead branches on a tree in the 500 block of West Grant Place in Lincoln Park. The City of Chicago, however, neglected to clear dead branches from the tree.

The complaints about the tree date back to at least October of 2010, according to a lawsuit filed against the city. There were 311 phone calls and Internet messages concerning the tree. One of those messages informed authorities that the branches had fallen from the tree and caused damage to a vehicle. The Alderman for the area filed a complaint on Oct. 26, 2010, and followed up with a letter on June 21, 2011, concerning the tree.

On Aug. 4, 2011, a man was riding his bicycle in the area going back to work at Jimmy John's following a delivery. A branch from that tree fell on him and caused serious injuries. The man is now paralyzed from the waist down, according to his attorney. The now-39-year-old man resides in an assisted living home.

The Emanuel administration has proposed a $5.75 million settlement, which must be approved by the Aldermen. The man's attorney says the size of the settlement is due to the cost of the man's medical care. He praised the city for the agreement to settle once they had the facts about the accident.

Anyone who has been injured by falling objects might have the right to take action to seek compensation for medical bills and other related costs. Knowing how to seek compensation in Illinois might help to make the process easier

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Injury from tree limb may cost city $5.75 million" Hal Dardick and David Heinzmann, Mar. 30, 2014 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get a free consultation

Get A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Contact Us For A Free Consultation | No Fee Unless We Win

Let us answer your questions during a free consultation. Contact the Law Offices of Mark L. Karno & Associates for help with your injury case.

Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no legal fees unless we win compensation for you.

Serving Chicago, Evanston, And Nearby Areas Of Illinois

Chicago Office
33 N LaSalle St
Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-574-3362
Fax: 312-701-0600
Chicago Law Office Map

Aurora Office
1444 N Farnsworth Ave
Suite 105
Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: 312-574-3362
Fax: 312-701-0600
Aurora Law Office Map

Tell us how we’re doing:

Review Us