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Woman awarded over $100 million after suing Chicago for freak storm accident

Woman awarded over $100 million after suing Chicago for freak storm accident”

Darden's spinal cord was severed, and she was left paralyzed from the waist down, her lawyers said.

However, Darden said she was pleased that the award would allow her family to hire aides to help take care of her - and ease the burden on her parents, who have been taking care of her for two years while continuing to work full time. Following the news, Darden filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, which she has been pursuing until recently when the case came to a close. The city offered Darden $22 million in a settlement offer, and her lawyers countered with $150 million.

A 26-year-old woman paralyzed by a bus shelter that collapsed at O'Hare Airport said a jury's decision to order the City of Chicago to pay her $148 million has "finally given her hope". During the trial, city attorneys had said Darden deserved up to $34 million while the woman's attorneys asked for $174 million.

The city released a statement, saying, "We are disappointed in the jury's verdict and are evaluating our legal options".

"It didn't have to happen to me", said Tierney Darden, who was injured by a bus shelter at O'Hare Airport when it collapsed. Darden, who uses a wheelchair, and her family were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced at about 5 p.m., after the jury had deliberated for about four hours.

"The city's last offer was $30 million", attorney Patrick Salvi said. That amount eclipsed the prior record of $128 million in 1991 and is almost triple the highest jury verdict ever reported against the city.

Darden sobbed when her verdict was read by the judge on Wednesday. Darden cried when she heard the jury's award.

"Watching my amusing bubbly little girl, you know, be sad and depressed, that's what's been hard", she said.

Tierney Darden was standing with her mother and younger sister outside the airport on a lower-level street across from Terminal 2 when the shelter collapsed. "If I could take any of her pain away I would gladly take it away, but I can't", said Turdy Darden, Tierney's mother.

The trio had just returned to Chicago from Minneapolis, where they'd been shopping for bridesmaid dresses for an upcoming wedding.

Parts had rusted away and bolts were missing.

Darden's father, David, said that while his daughter put on a fearless face for the public, it had been hard for him to see his "funny, bubbly little girl" become sad and depressed.



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