Woman forced to deliver baby by emergency surgery following Edgewater car accident sues driver

Carol Ostrow Jun. 10, 2015, 9:55am

A Cook County woman who delivered a baby by emergency C-section after she was hit by a car while crossing the street in Edgewater in January has sued the car's driver.

Consuelo Lopez filed suit June 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Faizan F. Memon, alleging vehicular negligence in the January accident.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 14, Lopez was lawfully crossing Catalpa Avenue in Chicago on foot within the crosswalk in a southerly direction near the street’s intersection with Sheridan Avenue on the city's North Side. The suit says Memon struck her while driving a motor vehicle northbound on Sheridan and attempting a left-hand turn westbound onto Catalpa. According to the filing, Lopez was thrown to the ground by the impact. 

The suit cites Memon for breach of ordinary care in the operation and control of his vehicle; and for failing to keep an adequate lookout, observe the plaintiff, yield the right of way to a pedestrian and drive at an appropriate speed. 

The suit states Lopez suffered and expects to continue to suffer from personal and pecuniary injuries, including scarring and disfigurement. Additionally, because the plaintiff was eight months pregnant at the time of the accident, she was required to undergo an emergency cesarean delivery of her unborn child so she could be treated for a broken leg, the complaint states.

Lopez seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Thomas Enright, of Parrillo, Weiss and O’Halloran in Chicago. 

Cook County Circuit Court Case No.: 15-L-5551.

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