Romanucci & Blandin secures record $9.05 million verdict for a man injured due to the negligent actions of Commonwealth Edison
CHICAGO (August 10, 2023) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announces partners Bruno R. Marasso and Michael R. Grieco secured a record-high McHenry County, Illinois plaintiffs’ verdict in favor of their clients against Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) in the amount of $9.05 million. The injured plaintiff, Andrew Farley from Lake in the Hills, Illinois, claimed that unbeknownst to him, ComEd had damaged a bike path on which he was riding his bicycle in November 2016. ComEd field personnel had parked their utility trucks on the bike path near Miller Road and Lakewood Road in Lake in the Hills during a pole swap-out project where they lifted the utility poles into place, inadvertently demolishing the path beneath them. Mr. Farley was riding his bicycle on the path, hit the damaged asphalt, was ejected over the handlebars of his bicycle, hit his head, and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). He was hospitalized for five days and has undergone years of psychological treatment since the injury. The injured plaintiff claimed the mild TBI aggravated prior cognitive, social, and emotional deficits caused by his pre-existing conditions of Chron’s disease, hypertension, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The case, pending in the Circuit Court of McHenry County, resulted in a jury verdict on August 9, 2023 reached by Partners Bruno R. Marasso and Michael R. Grieco.
The only defendant in the case was Commonwealth Edison Company, against whom Plaintiff plead a legal count of negligence.
“We are very proud to have obtained this verdict for the Farley family after the debilitating emotional distress this man experienced after this bike crash,” said Partner Bruno R. Marasso. “ComEd had the duty to leave that bike path in a safe condition for the public who had the freedom to use that path. Because of ComEd’s negligent actions, Mr. Farley will never have the same cognitive, emotional, and social abilities as he did before this incident, and we are honored that twelve jurors recognized ComEd’s improper actions and provided justice to Andrew and his wife.”
“One of the key points we stressed in this trial was that this life-changing incident never had to happen. It was completely preventable and ComEd had the responsibility to complete the work at this location by properly returning the bike path to a reasonable condition for residents like Mr. Farley to use without suffering significant psychological injuries. It is the responsibility of a company to do the careful thing and respect the lives and well-being of the community at each work site,” said Partner Michael R. Grieco.
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