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Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit for Porch Collapse Victims

06.12.2018

Corboy & Demetrio has filed a negligence lawsuit on behalf of Robert Powell, Joellen Powell, and their daughter Claire Powell, 19, of Highland Park in the collapse of their second-story porch at the apartment they were renting.  On May 26, 2018, while all three were on the porch, a portion - about 8 x 10 - pancaked to the first floor. All three suffered various fractures of the skull, torso or ankle.

“A preliminary inspection by private, government and insurance experts concluded the porch collapsed because support members were rotted through and through,” said Corboy & Demetrio Partner Francis Patrick Murphy.  “Proper and timely inspections by a professional would have easily prevented this event.  This was a tragedy waiting to happen,” Murphy added.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.00 against the property owner, Alex Tenuta of Highland Park.  The apartment is part of the converted housing at the old Fort Sheridan. The porches were built in 1999.

Murphy and his firm represented 14 families and individuals injured in the deadly 2003 Lincoln Park porch collapse, along with numerous victims in other porch cases.

About Corboy & Demetrio

Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation's premier law firms. It 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 has resulted in exceptional service and exceptional results for its clients. The firm has acquired more than $4 billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained over 600 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. To contact Francis Patrick Murphy, call 312-346-3191 or toll free at 800-356-3191. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Media Contact: Helen Lucaitis, Esq., 312-346-3191 or 312-550-2077 (cell); HHL@corboydemetrio.com

Case info: Robert Powell, Joellen Powell and Claire Powell v. Alex Tenuta, filed in Lake Co. Circuit Court on June 11, 2018. Case #18L452

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