Rockford, Illinois—Winnebago County was recently ordered to pay the Bachman family $15.5 million in a settlement against a sheriff’s deputy who drove his squad car into the family’s car, killing two members and brain damaging a third.
On January 14, 2006, Aaron Bachman, age 21, DJ Bachman, age 15, and Kori Bachman, age 19, were driving when Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Boomer broadsided their vehicle in a police squad car. Aaron and DJ were killed, while Kori suffered brain damage. The children’s parents, Kim and Frank Bachman, filed one lawsuit, and Aaron’s widow, Lindsey Bachman, filed a second lawsuit soon after.
The two lawsuits were presented to the County Board members during a closed session meeting on September 14. The Board voted unanimously to award the Bachman family: $3 million to Lindsey for the death of her husband and $12.5 million to Kim and Frank Bachman, who maintain guardianship of their now brain-damaged daughter. Meanwhile, the lawsuit over DJ’s death is still outstanding and could go to trial.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.