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Californian Woman To Receive $22.5 Settlement from City of Chicago

The council of the City of Chicago has endorsed a $22.5 million settlement in a police misconduct case that left a woman severely and permanently disabled.

In May 2006, Christina Eilman was 21 years old when she was traveling back home to California. However, she was not allowed to board her flight and was arrested at Midway Airport after displaying bizarre and erratic behavior. Her parents called the police department to let them know that Eilman suffered from Bipolar Depression.

After Eilman was taken to the Wentworth Police station, she was released into the surrounding high-crime neighborhood instead of being taken to a hospital for treatment for mental health issues. There she was abducted, raped at knife-point, and fell out of a 7th story window in an abandoned public housing building. Eilman suffered traumatic brain injury, a broken pelvis and many other injuries.

Six years later, Eilman can only walk with the assistance of a walker. She has several pins in her back. Her bipolar diagnosis has exacerbated to the point that she has been hospitalized 12 times in the last two years.

While a settlement of this size cannot return a person’s health, it can insure that they have the care they need for the rest of their life. If you or a loved one know someone has been injured due to neglect, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal advice.