Jury Awards $148 Million to Woman Paralyzed at Chicago Airport

On behalf of Stulce & Yantis posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A Cook County, Illinois, jury watched awarded $148 million to a woman paralyzed from the waist down by a falling pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport. Twenty-four-year-old Tierney Darden was waiting to be picked up from O’Hare wither her mother and sister on an August 2015 afternoon when a storm gust loosened a pedestrian shelter that weighed more than 750 pounds. The shelter came loose and dell on Darden, severing her spinal cord.

The city of Chicago had admitted liability in the case. The jury returned the verdict after a 10-day trial solely on damages. Ms. Darden was a dancer and student at Truman College when she was paralyzed. The City of Chicago and then City of Chicago Department of Aviation were named as defendants.

After the incident, it was learned the shelter had missing bolts. A subsequent investigation at O’Hare found other shelters had missing bolts as well and corroded parts or broken brackets.

If you would like more information about these cases, you can contact Arnold Stulce or John Yantis. They can be reached at 423-267-9072 or by email at jyantis@stulceyantis.com or astulce@stulceyantis.com.

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