Yesterday two of our Chicago injury attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 27-year old victim who was severely injured when a City of Chicago worker drove his truck into a crowd of people on the corner of Rush and Cedar streets. Steven M. Levin and Susan L. Novosad officially filed the suit in the Circuit Court of Cook County for Stephen Dewart who was hit as he was participating in a photo shoot for his wife’s company.
Mr. Dewart was one of eight people struck by the Streets and Sanitation vehicle which was manned by an intoxicated city worker. The reckless driver had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and an open brandy bottle was found in his vehicle. His intoxication led him to veer off the road on into the passersby.
The accident has had significant impacts on Mr. Dewart and his family. Steve Levin explains, “Stephen suffered several spinal fractures, a broken fibula and a broken tibia, and was hospitalized for six days.” He was required to have a surgical rod placed in his lower leg and is confined to a wheelchair. A lengthy and grueling physical therapy and rehabilitation process lay in front of him.
Beyond the physical injuries, Mr. Dewart’s future plans were temporarily derailed because of the accident. Levin reports that, “Stephen was supposed to start law school last week, but had to defer his admission for a year in order to recover from his injuries.”
Our Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to be able to work on behalf of victims like Mr. Dewart who have had their lives turned upside down by the egregious conduct of others. Fortunately, the legal system allows victims to seek redress for their losses. Besides ensuring fairness for the victims, it is also hoped that this suit will lead the City of Chicago to enact a more effective screening process so that all instances of drug and alcohol abuse of workers on the job are eliminated.
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