On January 7, 2012, Willens Law Offices filed a personal injury lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois. The lawsuit is somewhat unique because it is a hybrid between a bicycle accident case and a construction accident case. Usually, bicycle accident cases involve a bicyclist being involved in an accident with a car. Usually a construction accident involves an injury to a worker on a construction site. This lawsuit is a combination of the two, or neither, depending upon how you look at it.
In this case, a middle-aged woman was driving her bicycle on a bike path located next to a construction zone. The construction zone was located in Lincolnwood Illinois across the street (McCormick Street) from the Lincolnwood Town Center. The purpose of the construction zone was to put in a new sewer line. One of the sub-contractors put up a temporary mesh fence to keep people out of the construction zone. However, the fence was put up in a way where the fencing was not taught and essentially was susceptible to blowing freely in the wind.
A woman was driving her ten speed bicycle down the bicycle path, which was open for public use, when wind blew the fence up in the air. The mesh fence grabbed the bicycle and caused the bicyclist to crash. The bicyclist suffered serious injuries including a left radial head fracture and a severed ligament in her right hand. Her injuries required surgical intervention.
Willens Law Offices, a personal injury law firm, filed a lawsuit seeking money damages for the bicyclist’s medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and her loss of a normal life. Willens said, “the contractor who negligently erected this fence needs to be held accountable and we intend to make sure this happens.”