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Illinois Appellate Court Unanimously Affirms Clifford Law Offices $21.5 Million Verdict in Child Drowning Case

On September 3rd, 2020, an Illinois appellate court unanimously affirmed a $21.5 million Cook County Circuit Court verdict involving the drowning death of a child at a summer camp swimming pool.

Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner, Charles R. Haskins and Tracy A. Brammeier, associates, obtained the verdict on behalf of the family of six-year-old Michal Duda who drowned while unsupervised at a south suburban summer camp in 2014. Camp counselors were aware that the child was a non-swimmer.

“Justice has once again been done for this family,” Cosgrove said. “Although nothing will bring back little Michal, the courts have demonstrated parties who commit wrongful acts must be held accountable.”

The 38-page appellate court opinion was authored by Justice Bertina Lampkin.

Case: Kolodziej v. Justice Park District, Village of Justice, Bridgeview Park District and Village of Bridgeview. 2020 IL App. (1st) 191032-U, No. 1-19-1032 (4th Division)

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