People were yelling for the driver to stop, but the driver, even after realizing there was a small child in the car, kept going across town to the tow yard.
Earlier this week, Willens Law Offices filed its appearance as the lead trial attorneys in a lawsuit that received quite a bit of attention from the Chicago press when it originally was filed. The lawsuit was originally filed by another law firm but as the litigation heated up, they decided to bring us in. As in many of our personal injury cases, the damages are devastating. This case is particularly disturbing because it involves a minor. It is particularly unique because the damages are more emotional in nature than physical.
In late 2010, a 4 year old African American female had fallen asleep in the back seat of a car, as a friend of her family headed to pick up her older siblings from school. The driver of the car quickly double parked the car while running onto school grounds to pick up the siblings. It was a cold day. While the young girl was sleeping, a tow truck driver came and began to tow the car. People were yelling for the driver to stop, but the driver, even after realizing there was a small child in the car, kept going across town to the tow yard.
When the car arrived at the tow yard and the girl’s mom came to get her, the tow yard would not immediately allow access to the car to remove the girl. The tow yard wanted money before they would release the girl. The young girl was in the car for an extended period of time. Eventually, the police arrived and, on the verge of frostbite, the girl was reunited with her mother.
The young girl was taken via ambulance to the hospital, where she was given a full pelvic exam, including a rape kit, as the emergency room physicians were concerned that she may have been sexually assaulted. She, now 6 years old, still experiences distress from the trauma and suffers from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder of chronic duration.
As a law firm who focuses on personal injury and wrongful death matters, we often see cases involving emotional injuries, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. These are challenging cases, because unlike physical injuries, these emotional injuries are not always so clear to your average person. These cases involving emotional injuries such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder need to be handled with a certain tenderness.
If you or a loved one has suffered a physical and/or an emotional trauma, you may have legal rights.