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$2 Million Award May Signal New Trend by Juries

June 14, 1993  ·  By HM&M



When it comes to personal-injury cases, juries in DuPage County have a reputation for being stingy. But an award of more than $2 million last week chipped away at that reputation.

After a two-week trial before Associate Judge Richard A. Lucas, a jury ruled in favor of the estate of Rosemary Schaber, who died at age 78 two days after a fall in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Princeton and St. Charles Roads in Villa Park.

The award of $2,025,000 to Schaber’s estate was not the largest settlement in county history. However, it was $500,000 more than the Schaber family’s attorney, Christopher T. Hurley, had asked for in closing arguments.

Her family’s suit, filed in 1989, accuses the church of failing to provide proper lighting and safeguards to prevent people from falling on the stairwell.

June 14, 1993

Award in Nursing Home Rape Expected to Top $2 Million

CHICAGO DAILY LAW BULLETIN Defense attorneys likely will appeal a potential award of more than $2 million given to an elderly woman who was sexually assaulted by a worker at her Kane County nursing home, a defense attorney said Friday. “All I’m at liberty to say is there will be post-trial motions and there is... Read More

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