By: Eugene Hollander
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Estate of Porch Victim Death Settles for $975,000
The mother of Sean Heflin, who died as a result of a fall from a porch, has settled her wrongful death case against the owner of the property and the management company for $975,000. Heflin, then aged 24, fell from a second floor porch in July, 2007. He initially suffered brain damage and died about six months later. Heflin’s mother alleged that the defendants were negligent in that the railings were ten inches lower than what the building code of the City of Chicago required. We often use deviations from municipal ordinances or violations of building codes to prove negligence claims.