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City of Chicago Injury Lawyer

I get a lot of phone calls in my office about people who fall down on a city sidewalk or are otherwise injured as a result of the City of Chicago. Years and years ago, it used to be pretty easy to settle those cases, but it hasn’t been for at least 15 or 20 years.

They fight the cases, so I wanted to tell you a little bit about one of the cases that I’ve got that I recently settled. I finally was able to settle it. I’m not going to tell you the name of the guy who got hurt or exactly where he got hurt, but I’ll show you some pictures of what happened.

Basically, what happens is, our guy is a baker and he’s on his way to work. He takes the bus to work and he’s walking towards the bus stop. He’s looking down the road to see if the bus is coming and he trips over road construction signs that are all scattered all over the sidewalk.

There’s no road construction right in that area, but there’s a bunch of road construction signs like laying flat on the ground. Presumably, these are from recent work or work that had been done in the area.

However, there was no work going on at the time. The implication is that City of Chicago either did some road work or approved somebody to do some roadwork and they left the signs there.

As our guy’s walking towards the bus stop, he trips over one of the signs and this gentleman didn’t have very serious injuries. His medical bills were not that high and thankfully, after a few months, his shoulder got back to normal. However, it was really the principle of the thing.

I couldn’t get the City of Chicago to give me any information about who put the signs there or whose responsibility it was to clean up their mess, take the signs down and put them where they belong, because a road sign doesn’t belong just sitting on the street there.

My guy was willing to say, “Hey, it’s 50/50. I’m willing to take some responsibility,” but it didn’t matter to the City of Chicago. So on this small case, as a matter of principle, I filed a lawsuit and I’ve litigated the case for a year and a half.

I’ve added six or seven or eight additional defendantsinto the case because the City of Chicago kept playing hide the ball. Now, look, you know as well as I do that the City of Chicago has recorded as to who was working in the area and who probably left the street signs there.

However, they weren’t helping me. They had no interest in providing me with the information. Finally, by digging and working hard on the case, I was able to find the construction company that sort of admitted that it was their responsibility.

We ended up settling the case for about three times the medical bills. My client’s happy and I’m happy to have the case over with. Because it’s a teeny-tiny case that, as a matter of principle, I ended up spending a lot of time on.

What’s the takeaway?

If you’re injured due to the City of Chicago, definitely consult a lawyer right away. However, you have to be ready to be in it for the long haul, because the City of Chicago does not play fair and they possess all the records and all the information.

Plus, they try like hell not to give it to you. I’m not going to call it dirty pool. I guess, depending on what your perspective is, if I hurt somebody and I knew I was responsible, I’d fess up to it.

But I guess legally, under the state of the law, you can put on a defense which includes trying not to give your opponent evidence. If you’ve been injured due to the city of Chicago please consider contacting a lawyer right away.

Because what we talk about in these videos is not legal advice. If I can be of help to you please consider giving me a call at 888- HURT-318. I offer a free no-obligation consultation. The call and the consultation are free and available 24 hours a day.

If you are not ready to speak with a lawyer, click the image of the DVD and the book on the screen and you can get a free copy of my injury DVD and book. It explains how the injury claims process works and answers the most common questions injured people have.

Same deal. 100% free and no obligation. Thanks for watching.

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