The family of a 24-year-old man who fell to his death from the balcony of a Chicago (Lincoln Park) apartment in 2007 has reached a $975,000 settlement with the building’s owner.
The settlement was part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sean Heflin.
The accident happened on July 1, 2007 as Sean Heflin was attending a party at the home of his girlfriend in the 1900 block of North Bissell. He fell from a second-floor balcony onto the concrete below. He suffered traumatic brain injuries and died seven months later.
In the wrongful death lawsuit, the family alleged the porch railings were not in compliance with building code ordinances; they were approximately 10 inches lower than the Chicago building code requirement of 42 inches.
Additional information on this story as well as possible updates can be found in the Chicago Sun-Times article of September 13 titled “Family of Lincoln Park fall victim reach $975,000 settlement with building owner.”