Mother sues schools, board and city for daughter’s injury

By Carol Ostrow | May 10, 2015

A Chicago mother filed suit against the Chicago Public Schools for alleged liability in a 2014 incident involving her daughter.

Shirley Williams, individually and on behalf of her minor daughter Olivia Williams, filed a complaint on May 5 in Cook County Circuit Court against CPS, the Chicago Board of Education and the city of Chicago, claiming negligence in a May 2014 injury.

According to the lawsuit, Olivia, enrolled at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School in Chicago, was injured when a fence at the school fell on her on or about May 5, 2014, as she was walking.

Williams cites the defendants collectively with negligence, stating that they knew or should have known about the fence’s condition; that it represented a danger to those on the property; and that they were in breach of duty to exercise care for the occupants via improper operation, management, maintenance, inspection and repair of the allegedly defective fence.

Asserting her daughter sustained injuries requiring medical treatment, the plaintiff claims pain and anguish, medical bills and diminished capacity to attend to everyday affairs.

Williams seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus attorneys’ fees and costs. She is represented in the case by the Law Office of Andrew S. Kryder in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No.:15-L-4642.

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