A Chicago messenger has sued the owners of the Burnham Center, alleging negligence after a hydraulic door fell on him and injured him in April.
Justin Duprey filed a lawsuit June 3 in Cook County Circuit Court against Burnham Center, at 111 West Washington St., in Chicago regarding an April accident.
According to the complaint, on April 10, Duprey, employed as a messenger for Royal Expediting Inc. of Addison, was assigned to deliver piping equipment to Burnham Center. When the plaintiff accompanied an electrician to carry the pipes into the building at 111 W. Washington, the electrician pressed a red button activating a heavy metal door to rise up by hydraulic pressure, the suit says.
The filing states when Duprey walked under the door, it came down suddenly onto his head and he fell to the ground bleeding, and then fainted.
The suit states Burnham Center was in breach of duty by failing to provide safe ingress and egress of passageway for persons on the premises, and to inspect and maintain the door in a safe condition and in accordance with code.
The plaintiff alleges permanent physical injuries, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, medical expenses and loss of a normal life. Duprey seeks actual damages of more than $50,000, attorney fees and costs.
He is represented by attorney Michael Cogan, of Cogan & Power in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court Case No.: 15-L-5594.