Family Hires Chicago Wrongful Death Attorneys to Sue an Illinois Public School for Student’s Wrongful Death

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The lawsuit alleges the school did nothing to help the seven year old after she repeatedly complained of feeling ill to her teachers

- Attorneys at Power, Rogers & Smith, a top Chicago personal injury law firm, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, case number 2006 L 009099, on behalf of a family of a seven year old girl, who died in one of Illinois’ public schools. The lawsuit, filed by their Chicago wrongful death attorneys on Aug.29, 2006, alleges that Todd Hall Elementary School in Lincolnwood, did nothing to help the seven year old after she repeatedly complained of feeling ill to her teachers.

Katina Mendieta, 7, felt sick in her class on the morning of April 4th, 2006. She told several teachers including her gym teacher numerous times that she was not well. Yet the lawsuit contends nothing was done to help the student and she was virtually ignored. Soon after making repeated complaints, the young girl urinated on herself and, prior to being sent to the principal’s office, was first told to clean herself up in the bathroom.

After being left alone for 15 minutes in the bathroom, she was found slumped over a large construction paper roll, the lawsuit alleges.

“The school was given warning that the child was sick but carelessly chose to ignore the situation. Instead of caring for this child, the school allowed a remediable situation turn into every family’s nightmare,” says Todd Smith, Chicago wrongful death attorney at Power, Roger & Smith.

The lawsuit contends it was later discovered that Katina had heart arrhythmia, a heart condition where a person has an abnormal heart rhythm. No one was aware of Katina’s heart arrhythmia. It is not unusual for a person to live with this condition for years and learn of it only as a result of physical exertion.

The lawsuit alleges that this Illinois public school has a portable cardio-defibrillator, within feet of where the young girl lay in the bathroom. The cardio-defibrillator could have saved her life. But it appears no one in the school at the time was capable of using it.

About Power, Rogers & Smith

For nearly three decades, Power, Rogers & Smith and its founding partners, have been dedicated solely to the representation of victims under Illinois personal injury law in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of automobile accidents, train accidents, construction accidents, brain injuries, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and many other forms of medical malpractice.

The skilled and experienced Chicago personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Power, Rogers & Smith have obtained over 200 personal injury and wrongful death recoveries in excess of $1 million dollars for serious injury and wrongful death cases, totaling nearly $1 billion over time.

In addition to handling their demanding caseloads at Chicago personal injury law firm, Joseph A. Power, Jr., Larry R. Rogers and Todd A. Smith are active in the community and have been recognized by numerous organizations for their contributions, including Joe Power's 2003 Citizen of the Year Award by the City Club of Chicago.

If you have suffered permanent injuries and significant economic damages within the last two years, or represent a family member who has been seriously impacted by someone's negligence, including wrongful death, please contact our Chicago personal injury law firm, Power Rogers & Smith by phone at 312-236-9381 or contact Mr. Todd Smith directly at 312-827-6108.


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