AM and LB, 38 and 36 years old, worked as bank loan processors in Naperville, Illinois. They were referred to Lipkin & Higgins by another attorney after developing aggravations of their pre-existing asthma due to breathing dirty air at work. After investigating their claims, we filed both Workers’ Compensation claims against their employer, and lawsuits against a building maintenance company, a janitorial service and the janitor’s employer, for failing to maintain the building’s HVAC system and properly clean the office carpet following multiple water leaks and toilet overflows. We claimed that a dangerous build-up of mold and dust developed in the walls of the office building effecting air quality, triggering respiratory symptoms in our clients. AM and LB sustained permanent injuries as a result of their exposure to the poor air quality.
After many months of litigation and several depositions, including co-workers, and physicians, the parties agreed to submit the matter to a Mediation chaired by a retired judge. Mediation occurs outside the Court process and has as its only goal, settlement of the case. While non-binding means either party can quit the Mediation and pursue litigation, it is often a way to streamline and resolve a case.
The attorneys at Lipkin & Higgins have successful experience processing mold and toxic tort cases and OSHA air quality restrictions. In this case, Lipkin & Higgins successfully negotiated a settlement of $420,000. Defendants initially offered a total of only $20,000. Our investigation and medical testimony proved to the Defendants that our client’s claims were severe and possessed a strong likelihood of success at trial.
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