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$11 Million Settlement Reached in Chicago Metra Wrongful Death Suit

November 21, 2008  ·  By HM&M


An $11 million settlement was approved in two wrongful death lawsuits arising from the 2005 Metra derailment in Chicago that killed two women and injured 117 other passengers.

According to reports, on Sept. 17, 2005, a five-car Rock Island Line Metra train heading from Joliet to downtown Chicago derailed at a South Side track crossover, where the maximum allowable speed was ten miles per hour. The train was traveling at 69 miles per hour and twisted off the rails and skidded, which forced the fourth and fifth cars to break away. The two passengers who died were riding in the fourth car, which crashed into a steel bridge.

The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the Metra engineer's failure to heed a crucial signal and the commuter rail agency's lack of a system to override human error as key reasons for the derailment.

November 21, 2008

Electra Bike Recall Expanded

We previously posted on the Electra Bicycle Co's Amsterdam bicycle recall. More recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an expanded voluntary recall of these bikes due to a risk of injury. About 1,500 bicycles are involved in the new recall including Classic 3, Original 3, Royal 8 and Sport 3 models. 9,500 bicycles... Read More

November 21, 2008

$6.5 Million Settlement for Brain Injured Boy

CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN The estate of a 7-year old boy who suffered a brain injury at birth has settled a lawsuit against the hospital, the doctor and his clinic for $6.5 million, the plaintiff’s attorney said. Robert Morales Jr. was born in April 2001 with severe brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.... Read More

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