The parents of 20-year-old Michela Gregory and 23-year-old Griffin Madden filed suit against the owner and operators of a converted warehouse that caught fire on December 2, 2016. Ms. Gregory and Mr. Madden died, along with several others.
In 2010, Scott Vandenberg and his wife, Patricia Vandenberg, filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois in the Circuit Court. The lawsuit stemmed from an incident that occurred the prior year, in 2009, when Mr. Vandenberg was catastrophically injured while attending his company's party on a yacht. Mr. Vandenberg fell from the top deck of the yacht to the bottom deck, and unfortunately, he broke his neck from the fall and was rendered quadriplegic. The yacht was owned by Brunswick Corporation and was being chartered by RQM, L.L.C.
In 2011, Etelvina Jimenez, then 60 years old, fainted while on a 24 Hour Fitness treadmill and fell backwards. She struck her head and fractured her skull. Based on her injuries, she underwent several surgeries to relieve pressure and remove blood clots. Ms. Jimenez, who remains with a permanent brain injury, has filed suit against 24 Hour Fitness for failure to provide an adequate safety zone behind the treadmill.
Last week, I filed a lawsuit against Starbucks Corporation and one of its employees on behalf of Katherine Mize, who suffered extensive second degree burns when the Starbucks drive-through employee spilled hot coffee in her lap. This case has received some attention from local, national, and now even international media.
On April 20, 2015, a woman attending a Cubs-Pirates baseball game suffered a traumatic brain injury after a ball was tipped behind so hard it hit her head, despite the protective net. The woman was on her way on her first-row seat, right behind home plate. With her back turned to the action, the ball was fouled, and hit her on the back of the head. She suffered from a traumatic brain injury, concussion, and continues to suffer from migraines, sleep disorders, vertigo, neck pain, and several other injuries. The woman has brought a case against Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and a municipality organization.
On August 30, 2010, Melky Cabrera of the Atlanta Braves sliced a foul ball in to the stands above the visiting team's dugout, and hit a 6-year girl. The girl fractured her skill in 30 places and sustained a traumatic brain injury. The father brought suit against the Atlanta Braves, and just last Wednesday added Major League Baseball (MLB) to the suit. The suit alleges that the Braves and MLB are liable because they were negligent when they failed to extend the protective netting far enough to protect fans sitting adjacent to the field.
The family of Tomekia Baldwin filed a lawsuit against the City of San Antonio and Mayor Ivy Taylor's driver for injuries she sustained as a result of a car wreck that occurred on April 18, 2015. The plaintiffs allege that Mayor Taylor's driver failed to stop at a red light and hit a convertible in which Baldwin was a passenger. As a result of the wreck, Baldwin suffered a traumatic brain injury. Baldwin has permanent brain damage and critical cognitive insults, which have led to the loss of her bodily functions.
The family of Joseph Chernach has filed a lawsuit against Pop Warner for failing to warn families and players about the harms of head trauma. Specifically, that Pop Warner failed to train coaches properly, did not use helmets that were safe enough, did not teach children how to properly wear their helmets, and did not limit the amount of hitting in practice. Mr. Chernach's mother, Debra Pyka, alleges that Joseph Chernach's repeated blows to the head from playing football for several years beginning in 1997 resulted in the development of the neurodegenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE, and resulted in her son's depression and suicide.
Federal Judge Anita B. Brody asked the National Football League and the former players suing the league to revise portions of their settlement agreement before she would approve the deal. Judge Brody, who oversees the lawsuit filed by over 5,000 retired NFL players, requested that the parties enlarge the settlement in five areas so that more former players could receive benefits.