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Couple Injured By Falling Water Tank Files Lawsuit

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The tank from a water tower fell to the ground in Lakeview, hitting several vehicles, and injuring three people on July 31, 2013 (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

The tank from a water tower fell to the ground in Lakeview, hitting several vehicles, and injuring three people on July 31, 2013 (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

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(CBS) – A couple injured when a water tank came crashing down from a Lakeview building this week are named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Friday.

Lauren Hussar, 27, and Jack Baginski, 29, seek unspecified damages in the complaint, filed on their behalf by Clifford Law Offices in Cook County.

Hussar and Baginski were standing near his Acura when the 100-year-old water tank fell from the Brewster Building and exploded on the ground next to them in an alley within the 2800 block of North Pine Grove Avenue.

The two were struck by debris and “a tidal wave of water” and were rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where Hussar still remains, according to a news release.

“We are immediately seeking all maintenance and inspection records for this building and its water tank,” said Richard F. Burke, Jr., partner at Clifford Law Offices handling the matter.  “Such an old and potentially dangerous structure must be carefully inspected and meticulously maintained to ensure it is securely mounted to the roof of the building. People living in densely populated neighborhoods need to know these aging water tanks are safe.”

Named as defendants are the Brewster Condominium Corporation and the Brewster Condominium Association. CBS 2 has not received a response for comment.

Click here to read the complaint.

A third person was injured when the tank fell. Media reports at the time indicated she was expected to recover.

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