Park Forest blamed for causing man's fall

By Dan Harkins | Apr 20, 2015

A man has sued over injuries he allegedly sustained in a fall related to an obscured sewer and curb in Park Forest.

Arcadio Ochoa filed suit April 13 in Cook County Circuit Court against Homewood Disposal Service Inc., Star Investments and the village of Park Forest, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on April 18, 2014, Ochoa parked his vehicle at 25 South St., Park Forest, and stepped in a hole camouflaged by grass near the sewer grate and curb. The property owners there, along with the city, had an obligation to fill the hole and were careless and negligent in allowing the condition to exist, the suit states.

Ochoa suffered internal and external injuries, a severe shock to his nervous system, as well as bruises, contusions, lacerations and was sick and disabled and permanently injured, the complaint states.

Ochoa seeks damages of more than $90,000, plus costs. He is represented by attorney Daniel R. Flaherty of the Law Office of Daniel E. Goodman in Rosemont.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-3784.

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