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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

W.E. O'Neil Construction worker accuses company, Northwestern of negligence

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 14, 2018

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CHICAGO — An employee is suing W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. and Northwestern University, citing alleged construction negligence.

Thomas Panik filed a complaint Aug. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming the defendants did not exercise a reasonable degree of care in the maintenance of a construction site to make sure no dangerous conditions existed.

According to the complaint, Panik was working for W.E. O'Neil on Oct. 27, 2016, at Northwestern University when a staircase came loose, allegedly causing it to fall and strike him.

As a result, Panik claims he sustained serious injuries and physical impairments and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment greater than $50,000, plus costs of the lawsuit. He is represented by Vincent Petrosino of Serpico, Petrosino, Di Piero & O'Shea Ltd. in Chicago.

Circuit Court of Cook County case number 18-L-008601

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