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$4.2 Million Verdict for Man Who Lost Both Legs


A Cook County jury returned a verdict of $4.2 million in a case where an art teacher lost both of his legs while swimming off the Chicago Park District’s rocks in Lake Michigan. The teacher was struck by a motorboat being operated by a Chicago Police Officer, while swimming near Montrose Harbor. Although the area was designated a “no swim” area, Mr. Corboy, who represented the teacher, argued that the Park District knew it was a popular spot where many people had been swimming for years. Ultimately, the jury found the teacher 51% liable and reduced its award to $2.16 million.

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