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Couple to Receive $450,000 from City of Chicago for Concrete Crumbling on Their Car

The City of Chicago Council’s Finance Committee has approved to pay a couple a settlement of $450,000 in regards to a piece of concrete that fell from a viaduct onto the couple’s car in 2007.

Shelly Davis, her husband, Omar  McRoberts, and their three-year-old daughter were stopped at a traffic light on the middle deck of a three-level structure at the intersection of East South Water Drive and North Columbus Drive when a 50-pound piece of concrete fell on their windshield.

Davis was 18 weeks along in a pregnancy at the time. While her unborn child was not injured, Davis suffered a crushing knee injury that could not be addressed until after the birth of her child. McRoberts received injuries on his right hand. Their daughter was not injured.

The couple claimed that the city failed to maintain the viaduct despite a 311 call reporting loose concrete and past independent bridge inspection reports noting a need to remove the loose concrete on the upper decks.

Falling concrete makes a routine drive into a day with painful injuries. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured by crumbling building materials, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation.