Cook County Jury Sides with Hotel after Passenger Dropped Off on Dangerous Pavement Patch

A Cook County, Ill.,  jury has found that the Double Tree Hotel Chicago was not negligent when its hotel shuttle bus improperly transported the plaintiff, Mary Larkin, to the upper level terminal at O’Hare Airport by dropping her off on an expansion joint in the roadway, which was unsafe. As a result, Larkin fell and sustained a trimalleolar fracture of the right ankle, which required open reduction internal fixation surgery followed by a second procedure to remove some of the hardware.

The hotel asserted that Larkin failed to watch where she was walking. She had filed an earlier claim against the City of Chicago, which settled with her for $55,000.

The jury in this case, however, sided with Double Tree Hotel Chicago and found it not negligent or a cause of Larkin’s injuries.

The demand before trial was $25,000.  The attorneys for Mary Larkin asked the jury to return a verdict of $300,000.  The offer to settle before trial was $2,500.

Mary Larkin v. Double Tree Hotel Chicago, No. 09 L 12048 (Cook County, Illinois).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling automobile accidents, truck accidents and bicycle accidents for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 37 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Flossmoor, Vernon Hills, Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Chicago (Andersonville, Lincoln Square, Bridgeport, Canaryville), Elk Grove Village and Antioch, Ill.

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