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Corboy & Demetrio Obtains $5M for Chicago Man Injured Due to Ice from City Water Main Break

June 9, 2014

Corboy & Demetrio has obtained $5 million in a settlement against the City of Chicago on behalf of a college student who was injured by a car that slid on ice from a broken water main that the City failed to maintain.

Edwin Hill, a Chicago State University computer science student, was standing at the bus stop on the southwest corner of Indiana Avenue and 95th Street, heading to night classes on Nov. 20, 2008, when he was struck by a car driven by Denise Dickerson, also a defendant in the lawsuit.  Dickerson was approaching the bus stop and lost control of her Mustang on a patch of black ice and spun out.   Hill was pinned against a City lamp pole, resulting in an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg.

The negligence lawsuit alleged the ice was due to a water main leak on 95th Street, which was a condition existing for months that the City of Chicago failed to timely repair.  Two local business entrepreneurs were ready to testify that prior complaints had been made to the City of Chicago Department of Water Maintenance regarding the water main leakage, according to Corboy & Demetrio partner Philip H. Corboy, Jr. who along with Edward G. Willer, represents Hill.

“Edwin was a curious and meticulous college student when his life changed irrevocably in November 2008,” Corboy said.   “However his infectious spirit has never been lost and while he’ll need to face great challenges in the future, I’m confident he’ll be able to live a productive life.  With this settlement, he’ll be able to maintain the best prosthetic care available in the country,” Corboy added.

“Key testimony of a Chicago Department of Water Management worker established that thousands of gallons of water would leak out of the 95st Street water main, and based on the size of the leak and due to the cold weather, the water would go upward towards the street surface,” Willer said.

The City denied that written complaints about the leaking water main existed.

Case info: Edwin J. Hill v. City of Chicago; Denise Dickerson;  Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division; 09L8755

About Corboy & Demetrio

Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms.  The personal injury law firm represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for its achievements in the courtroom and for its contributions to the community.  The rights and concerns of its clients are at the core of Corboy & Demetrio’s practice.  That commitment, dedication, compassion and relentless drive have resulted in exceptional service and exceptional results for its clients.  The Chicago law firm has acquired more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained almost 600 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. To contact Philip Corboy, Jr., Edward G. Willer, Thomas Demetrio or any other lawyer at our Chicago law firm, call 312-346-3191 or toll free at 800-356-3191.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  For more information, go to

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