Illinois Settlement 18 Years After Injury

The Chicago Board of Education and a youth center settled $14.7 million lawsuit with a man who became a quadriplegic after hitting his head on the side of the trampoline. The injury occurred when the man was 13 years-old. Underscoring how slow the wheels of justice can be, the man is not 31.

Plaintiff had what I thought was a tough case at trial because Illinois law sets a high bar for “contact” participant sport injuries, requiring willful or wanton conduct which is certainly a tougher standard than ordinary negligence.

I have always disliked this judicially created exception to the usual “reasonable person” standard in Illinois so I’m a glad to see that this incredibly sympathetic plaintiff was able to get a meaningful recovery.