Sep 05 2017
Thomas Boleky tried a case to a successful verdict involving a woman who was struck by falling ceiling debris while sitting at her desk at work. Plaintiff was employed as a Job Corp counselor for at-risk teens on the south side of Chicago when small sections of the plaster and drop ceiling above her collapsed, suddenly, while she was working at her desk. She was struck on her head and body by the falling debris, including plaster, ceiling tiles and a light fixture that had been mounted on the ceiling. It was later determined that water had been leaking into the ceiling above Plaintiff’s desk for some time, which had weakened the plaster and led to the collapse of the ceiling. Plaintiff sustained head and neck trauma and was ultimately diagnosed with a concussion, post-concussive syndrome, cervicogenic headaches and cervical radiculopathy. Plaintiff also suffered a strain of the medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee which eventually led to arthroscopic surgery 6 years later.