CHICAGO — The administrator of a deceased woman's estate is suing a commuter rail company, a doctor and a mental health service provider.
Michael Pochordo, special administrator of the estate of Mary Pochordo, is suing Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation, doing business as Metrarail, Dr. Fatima Ali and DuPage Mental Health Services Ltd., citing alleged negligence and wrongful death.
Michael Pochordo, the widower of Mary Pochordo, sued on Feb. 29 in Cook County Circuit Court, holding the defendants responsible for the death of Mary Pochordo, who was struck and killed by a train on March 10, 2014, in New Lenox.
The plaintiff alleges the railroad operated a train too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout for people on the tracks and failed to take proper steps to remove people from the tracks. The suit claims Ali and DuPage Mental Health treated Mary Pochordo for anxiety and depression from 2009 to 2014, heard from her in February 2014 regarding increased anxiety, altered her medication dosage and set an appointment for March 10, 2014, and should have known she was exhibiting acute risk factors for suicide. The suit alleges Ali and DuPage Mental Health didn't property monitor or diagnose Mary Pochordo and didn't encourage hospitalization or evaluate her for involuntary hospitalization.
The plaintiff seeks compensation for an amount in excess of $50,000 plus costs of suit. He is represented by Patrick C. Anderson of Healy Scanlon in Chicago in Illinois.
Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L-002125