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Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit against City of Chicago after Another Defective Light Pole Falls 

Corboy & Demetrio has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 25-year-old Chicago woman who was stopped at a red light in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood on Feb. 25, 2020 when a City of Chicago light poll fell, crashing onto her car, just inches from where she was sitting.

The potentially deadly incident occurred at 6:45p.m. at the intersection of McClurg Court and Illinois Street as the woman, Isabella Keating, watched in horror. 

“The responding police officers wrote in their report that they observed the light pole base to be extremely rusted,” said Michael K. Demetrio, a partner at Corboy & Demetrio, who along with Partner Edward G. Willer, represents Keating.

This is the second lawsuit Corboy & Demetrio has filed against the City of Chicago involving a rusted out light pole base that resulted in injury.  In December, Corboy & Demetrio filed a lawsuit on behalf of Maya Kirk, who was walking with co-workers back from lunch in the Loop in November 2019 when a City light pole fell, striking her and knocking her to the ground.  Kirk suffered serious injuries to her head, knee and leg.

Both Keating and Kirk lawsuits allege the City of Chicago was negligent because it failed to adequately inspect and maintain the light poles, allowing them to deteriorate.  They also allege the City allowed excess and unsafe levels of water and/or debris to accumulate at the base of the light poles, resulting in a dangerous and defective lack of support.  In both cases, a decorative cover was attached to the pole with the deteriorating base underneath.

“The City of Chicago would best be serving our community if it immediately takes steps to correct this significant problem, so the next case isn’t the wrongful death of a member of our community,” Demetrio said.

Case info: #2020L2668, Isabella Keating v. City of Chicago, filed on March 4, 2020 in Cook County Circuit Court.

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