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Romanucci & Blandin files complaint claiming building owner negligence led to critical injury of 22-year-old student in Wicker Park

April 8, 2022

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a national personal injury firm primarily based in Chicago, has been retained to represent a 22-year-old woman who suffered critical head injuries when a substantial portion of a building's facade crumbled and struck her.  The injury took place Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 1227 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, and the legal team filed a complaint today.

Attorneys state that the near fatal injury could have been easily prevented and is likely the result of the building owner’s disregard for safety.  The legal team has opened an investigation and early indicators are that Chicago’s Department of Buildings contacted the owner in March to put up a scaffolding and make emergency repairs. The owner appears to have taken short cuts, which led to the injury of the woman.  Neighbors in Wicker Park say the building had been crumbling for weeks.

“There is never an excuse for a shortcut to safety and it was clear the owner did not make proper or timely repairs, leading to this needless and nearly fatal injury. This 22-year-old student is facing significant medical challenges and her life has been meaningfully changed because of this clear and utter disregard for safety,” said Antonio M. Romanucci, Founding Partner of Romanucci & Blandin. 

“If the owner of this property had taken the proper precautions, our client would be celebrating her college graduation in a few weeks and walking across the stage to get her diploma. The owner’s selfish negligence has taken that from her and it’s not clear what her future will look like.  We are proud to fight for the justice this young woman deserves,” said Bruno R. Marasso, Partner of Romanucci & Blandin.

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