$865,000 Settlement in Case of 75-year-old Woman Sexually Assaulted on a Bus
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a national litigation firm primarily based in Chicago, announces a $865,000 settlement of a lawsuit involving a 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s Disease who was sexually abused on a bus. The incident took place in April of 2016, in southwestern Illinois. The plaintiff’s transportation was arranged by an adult day care center that was aware of her vulnerability. She was raped on an empty bus by the driver, and there was not a video camera nor a chaperone in the vehicle, even though the bus company had at least one prior sexual assault of a passenger. The confidentiality terms of the settlement prevent the disclosure of the names of parties involved.
“This unthinkable situation for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease never should have happened. People who were responsible for her safety and for providing her safe transportation violated the trust of this woman and those who love her. This settlement sends a clear message that the defendants need to be accountable and prevent this abuse from ever happening again,” said Martin Gould, Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.
“No family should ever go through what our client experienced, knowing that a loved one who requires special support and care has, instead, been abused and mistreated in the worst possible way. They have lived through a nightmare, and we hope this settlement brings them some closure so they can heal,” Attorney Shaun M. Falvey of Goldblatt + Singer in St. Louis, co-counsel on the case.