A DuPage County jury on Friday found that the city is liable in the Nov. 12, 2009, accident in which Joshua Jaeger was hurt.
Jaeger was injured while on a city forklift platform that fell from 16 feet in the air. Jaeger was at the city's public works garage, 985 S. Riverside, to provide an estimate for a broken garage door. Due to the fall, Jaeger said he fractured his leg and injured his back, according to his lawyer Joshua Weisberg of Rapoport Law Offices, P.C.
According to Jaeger's lawyer, the jury on Friday awarded the plaintiff $1.86 million for lost earning capacity, $1.3 million for pain and suffering and $1 million for loss of a normal life.
Weisberg said the verdict is a DuPage County record for a nonmedical malpractice personal injury verdict for a single plaintiff.