Case Conclusion Date: 11.15.2012
Practice Area: Wrongful death
Outcome: $5.55 Million Settlement
Description: Cavanagh Law Group has obtained a $5.55 million settlement for the family of a woman killed in Chicago on December 31, 2007. Ludwika Szynalik was a passenger on Chicago Transit Authority bus No. 152 traveling west on Addison Street near its intersection with Natchez Avenue. When the bus stopped, Ludwika exited the bus and went to retrieve her bicycle that she had previously placed on the bus' front bicycle rack. As Ludwika attempted to remove her bicycle, the CTA's bus driver accelerated, ran her over and dragged her approximately 100 feet down the street. Motorists and pedestrians had to alert the bus driver to stop the bus. Ludwika was rushed by ambulance to Lutheran General Hospital where she passed away a few hours later. Cameras installed on the CTA bus caught the horrible incident. The video, produced pursuant to court order, clearly shows Szynalik walking in front of the stopped bus to remove her bicycle. The video then goes on to show the bus accelerating and running over Szynalik while she is in clear view of the bus driver. The CTA Board approved a $5.45 million settlement on November 14, 2012. The case had previously settled with the other involved parties for an additional $100,000.00. Tim Cavanagh, founding partner of Cavanagh Law Group, stated, "For five years the CTA has denied liability on this case. They have now finally done the right thing."