Two of our Illinois personal injury lawyers filed suit on behalf of Stephen Dewart -a 27-year old area man who was seriously injured after being hit by an errant vehicle while standing on the sidewalk. Specifically, Mr. Dewart was hurt when a City of Chicago worker drove his truck off the road and into a crowd on the corner of Rush and Cedar streets at the end of May. Steven M. Levin and Susan L. Novosad officially filed the lawsuit yesterday in the Circuit Court of Cook County for Mr. Dewart who was participating in a photo shoot for his wife’s company at the time of the accident.
Mr. Dewart was one of eight people struck in the high-profile accident caused by an intoxicated Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker. The reckless driver had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and an open brandy bottle was found in his vehicle.
Steve Levin explained the effect that the accident has had on Mr. Dewart: “Stephen suffered several spinal fractures, a broken fibula and a broken tibia, and was hospitalized for six days.” The injuries caused him to have a surgical rod placed in his lower leg and is confined to a wheelchair-a grueling physical therapy process will follow.
Mr. Dewart’s future plans were also affected by 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.” He went on to discuss the purpose of the legal matter explaining, “We hope that this lawsuit will bring them [the Dewart family] fair and reasonable compensation. We also hope that it will prompt the City to create more effective drug and alcohol screening processes for employees, especially those operating large vehicles and heavy machinery.”
Our Illinois injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti are proud work for victims like Mr. Dewart whose lives are dramatically altered because of the negligent conduct of others. Fortunately, the legal system allows victims to seek redress for their losses and hold their wrongdoers accountable.
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