Illinois Village to Pay $485,000 in Police Car Accident Settlement
Dec 24, 2014
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – The village of Downers Grove, Illinois has agreed to pay $485,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who was injured in a car accident with a police vehicle. The payment, which is the second such settlement in the case, has been approved by village council members.
“People who are injured in a car accident through the fault of another always deserve to be compensated,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. Greenberg is not involved in the case.
William Keim was one of two people injured when a police squad car collided with another vehicle. On August 12, 2011, Keim was a passenger in a vehicle driven by David Rosa. The car was struck by a police car driven by Downers Grove Police Officer Craign Widlacki. The two men filed a personal injury lawsuit in 2012 in DuPage County Circuit Court, alleging that Widlacki failed to stop at a stop sign and turned into oncoming traffic, causing the accident. The men alleged that they both sustained injuries that required medical treatment and caused them to lose time from work. In August 2013, the village approved a $132,000 settlement with Rosa, whose medical treatment was completed earlier than Keim’s.
Widlacki was reprimanded after the accident, according to to a previous statement by Village Attorney Enza Petrarca. According to Doug Kozlowski, a spokesman for the village, Widlacki is still employed by the Downers Grove Police Department.
The vote by village officials to approve the settlement was unanimous. The funds will be taken from a risk management fund maintained by the village.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654
Facebook: Like Us!
Google+ Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Briskman Briskman & Greenberg on Google+.
- Illinois jury awards $1 million in birth injury case
The family of an Illinois girl who was injured during birth was awarded $1 million by a jury in a medical malpractice case. The award came after a six-day trial and five hours of deliberation. Bailei Rae has a brachial plexus injury, which limits the movement of her left arm, as well as permanent nerve […]
- How the Illinois Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund works
Illinois workers who are injured on the job have the right to workers’ compensation benefits for hours of work lost and for medical expenses. If the employer fails to pay the compensation owed, then the benefits can be paid by the Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund (IWBF). The IWBF was created in 2005 to compensate injured […]
- Illinois Governor Vetoes Truck Safety Bill
A bill to increase the speed limit for trucks on some non-urban Illinois highways, which was passed unanimously in both chambers of the Illinois state legislature, has been vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn. The trucking industry supported the bill, claiming that a high speed differential between cars and trucks is dangerous. The top speed for […]
- About Erb’s palsy
Erb’s palsy is an injury that can occur during birth. When such an injury is the result of medical malpractice, the child’s family may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Erb’s palsy has similarities with brachial plexus palsy, which is the loss of upper arm movement caused by nerve damage that occurs […]
- Amputee Files Lawsuit Against Hospital for Cremating Amputated Leg
A patient has filed a lawsuit against Skokie Hospital for incinerating his amputated leg. The patient, an Orthodox Jew whose religious traditions indicate that the dead should be buried whole, claims that he informed a rabbi employed by the hospital and other medical personnel that he wanted his leg to be preserved to be buried […]