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Chicago to pay $6.25 Million to Man Injured by Drunken City Worker

An accident caused by a city worker in May 2011 has resulted in a payout of $6.25 million to a pedestrian.

Dwight Washington, a worker in the Streets and Sanitation Department in the City of Chicago, was driving a F-150 pick-up truck in his job as a laborer on May 21st. Washington hit the curb at Ceder and Rush streets in the Gold Coast neighborhood and hit several people out enjoying the spring day. An open bottle of brandy was found in the truck and it was determined that Washington was drunk.

Richard Chang was pinned under the truck once it stopped. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, needing to learn to talk and walk once again. He used to work as a computer scientist but is unable to do so now and unable to independently care for himself. Chang also has medical expenses in excess of $500,000. It is estimated that he has lost approximately $2.5 million in wages.

The City of Chicago signed off on the $6.25 million payout to Chang last week. Washington has since been sentenced to nine years of imprisonment after pleading guilty to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence. Changes have been made in the Streets and Sanitation department to include random drug testing for all employees,  mirroring what currently happens in the Police and Fire departments.

Three other lawsuits are still pending in regards to this accident.

While a monetary award cannot bring back a person to their full health, it can help with the expenses that accrue from an accident with a drunk driver. If you or a loved one knows someone who has suffered brain trauma from an accident with a drunk driver, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to determine your legal rights.