$148 million awarded to woman paralyzed after O’Hare accident

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CHICAGO – A jury awarded $148 million to Tierney Darden, 26, in her lawsuit against the city of Chicago.

Darden was paralyzed when a storm blew a bus shelter on top of her at O'Hare Airport two years ago.

Her spine was severed, and she's been confined to a wheelchair ever since.

Before that, she was a dance student at Truman College.

The city offered her a $22 million settlement, but her lawyers asked for more.

Darden's lawyers said the city admitted the shelters were poorly maintained.

The compensation is said to be the largest personal injury award in Cook County history.

Darden did not speak on Wednesday but is expected to have a press conference Thursday.

A spokesperson from the city's law department issued a statement after the verdict: “We are disappointed in the jury’s verdict and are evaluating our legal options.”

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