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Elman Law Group, LLC Wins Big With A Stunning $621,000 Jury Verdict In Cook County (Chicago, Illinois) “Wrist Fracture” Car Accident Case

Anthony R. Elman of Elman Law Group, LLC has successfully achieved a $621,000 jury verdict involving a wrist fracture stemming from a Chicago car accident. The case, John Calhoun vs. Peter Ochoa, was tried in Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago, Illinois.

Elman Law Group took the case to trial after there was a Last Offer to Settle by Defendant (American Family Insurance In House Counsel) of $45,000.

The case involved a 36-year-old plaintiff who was involved in a Chicago car accident, which happened when the defendant, insured by American Family Insurance Company, allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way when his car made a left-hand turn in front of the plaintiff’s car. The plaintiff, who was the front-seat passenger in the car, suffered a wrist injury to his right arm when the deployed airbag hit his arm. The plaintiff had about 2-3 months of post-accident treatment for this wrist fracture. No invasive surgery was ever needed. The treatment consisted of pain medications, wearing a hand cast, physical therapy, and closed reduction non-invasive outpatient surgery. The defense was allowed to introduce into evidence that the plaintiff had a recent felony criminal conviction.

Plaintiff’s medical bills were about $21,000. Anthony Elman’s last settlement demand was $50,000.

Fatal Truck-Bicycle Collision In Chicago’s Avondale Neighborhood

There was a fatal Chicago bicycle accident Friday morning (July 1, 2016) in the Avondale neighborhood.  The accident involved a woman bicyclist being fatally struck by a flatbed truck.  The woman was riding a Divvy bike at the time of the crash.

According to Chicago Police, a preliminary investigation indicates that the accident happened at approximately 9:00 a.m., as the truck and bicyclist were both traveling northbound on Sacramento.  As both the truck and bicyclist attempted to turn east onto Belmont Avenue, the truck struck – and one prominent media source indicates ran over – the bicyclist.

An excerpt from the July 1, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Bicyclist fatally struck by truck in Avondale“:

The 25-year-old woman suffered head trauma and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Her name was not being released Friday morning pending notification of her family.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the July 1 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman bicyclist killed in traffic crash on Northwest Side.”

Man Riding Bicycle Struck By Train In Chicago’s Garfield Ridge Neighborhood

A man riding a bicycle was struck by a train in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood on Sunday night, June 26, 2016.  The accident happened near the intersection of W. 59th Street and S. Narragansett Avenue.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of June 26, 2016, titled “Bicyclist struck by train on SW Side“:

About 9:30 p.m., the 52-year-old rode his bike around warning signals and onto the tracks on South Narragansett Avenue near West 59th Street, when he was struck by an eastbound BNSF train, according to Chicago Police.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article of June 27 titled “Person on a Bike Fatally Hit By Train on Chicago’s Southwest Side“:

He was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials confirmed. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the NBC Chicago and Chicago Sun-Times articles mentioned above.

Driver Dies Following Niles “Chain Reaction” Accident

A driver died following a crash on Friday (June 24, 2016) in Niles.  The crash happened at Dempster Road at Harlem Avenue.

According to Niles Police, the accident happened at approximately 2:12 p.m. on Friday after which a man was driving at a high speed while suffering from “some type of medical distress.”  The man’s SUV (a Chevrolet Tahoe) first jumped a curb in the 7200 block of Dempster Avenue, then it rear-ended a semi truck.  A “chain-reaction crash” then occurred, with multiple vehicles being hit.

The driver of the SUV was identified as John Grygorcewicz, 55, of Niles.

An excerpt from the June 24, 2016 Niles-Morton Grove Patch article titled “Niles Man Dies From Injuries After 5-Vehicle Crash“:

When rescue workers from the Niles Fire Department reached the scene, they had to extricate Grygorcewicz from the driver’s seat of the Tahoe. He was then taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at about 3:05 p.m., according to police.

The drivers of the other vehicles were not hurt, police said. The accident is still under investigation, and the major crash assistance team of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force is helping Niles police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “chain-reaction” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Patch article above as well as the June 25 Niles Herald-Spectator article titled “Cops:  Man suffers ‘medical distress,’ dies after causing 5-vehicle crash.”

Tour Bus Fatally Strikes Bicyclist At Michigan Avenue And Oak Street

There was a fatal bicycle accident Wednesday evening (June 15, 2016) in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  The bicyclist was declared dead after being taken to Northwestern Hospital.

According to information provided by the Chicago Fire Department as well as the Chicago Police Department, the accident happened at Michigan Avenue and Oak Street.

An excerpt from the June 15, 2016 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Bicyclist dies after being hit by tour bus in Gold Coast“:

The bus was heading west on Oak Street at 5:28 p.m. when a 29-year-old bicyclist heading north on Michigan disobeyed a red light and turned into the bus, causing the accident, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a police spokeswoman, citing preliminary information.

However, it should be noted that witnesses to the accident appear to have given other material accounts as to the circumstances around the fatal collision.

The bicyclist was stuck under the bus, and he had to be extricated by the Chicago Fire Department.  The Chicago Fire Department had to use airbags to lift the bus off of the cyclist.  After the extrication effort, the bicyclist was taken to Northwestern Hospital and declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.

This fatal Chicago bicycle accident is being investigated by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the June 15 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Bicyclist fatally struck by bus in Gold Coast.”

Girl Struck By Tractor In Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

There was a fatal accident Friday morning (May 27, 2016) in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood in which a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed by a tractor.  At the time of the accident the girl was attempting to cross the street with her mother.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 7:50 a.m. in the 6500 block of South Ashland Avenue.  At that time, as the girl was walking across the street with her mother, they were struck by a tractor that was traveling south on Ashland and was pulling mowing equipment.

The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The mother suffered hip injuries but she declined medical treatment.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article (with video) of May 27, 2016, titled “Girl, 7, dies after hit by tractor while crossing street with mom“:

The driver was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above as well as the May 27 dnainfo.com article titled “Girl, 7, Struck And Killed By Tractor In Englewood.”

Fatal Car-Truck Accident In Sauk Village

There was a fatal two-vehicle accident in Sauk Village on Wednesday afternoon (May 25, 2016) in which a car and truck collided.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 2:20 p.m., in the northbound lanes of Route 394.

At that time, according to the results from a preliminary crash investigation, a car driven by a 28-year-old Chicago woman attempted to make a “sudden” lane change into the far right lane.  Her car, a Toyota, slightly struck the front of a semi truck in that lane, causing the Toyota to spin out of control.

After that initial collision, both the car and truck went of the road and into a field.  The Toyota struck a tree, and then was hit again by the semi truck.  The truck also collided with a nearby abandoned house.

The woman driving the Toyota died at the accident scene.  The driver of the semi, identified as a 68-year-old man, declined medical attention.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 25, 2016 fox32chicago.com article titled “Police:  1 killed in Sauk Village crash” as well as the May 25 Chicago Heights Patch article titled “Semi Hits House Near Illinois 394 After Striking Car.”

Rollover Crash In Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

There was a rollover accident Friday evening (May 13, 2016) in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

Details on the cause of this single-vehicle accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to a Chicago Fire Department official, the accident happened at approximately 10:34 p.m., under a viaduct near 63rd and Wallace Streets.

Three women, ages 52, 53, and 62, were taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition for treatment of their accident injuries.

A 67-year-old man was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Additional details regarding this Chicago rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 14, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “4 hurt in Englewood rollover crash” as well as the May 14 Chicago Sun-Times article (with picture of the vehicle rollover) titled “4 injured in Englewood rollover crash.”

Fatal Two-Car Collision In Robbins

There was a fatal two-car collision Friday afternoon (May 13, 2016) in Robbins.  The car collision was a head-on accident.

The crash happened at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Pulaski Avenue, just to the south of 136th Street.

An excerpt from the Fox32Chicago.com article (with video) of May 13, 2016, titled “Young mother dead after 2-car crash in Robbins” concerning the findings of the preliminary investigation:

“The car lost control, the black Dodge Avenger, and apparently went across the lanes and struck the other vehicle that was going southbound on Pulaski,” said Roy Wells, Robbins Police Chief.

The driver of the Avenger had to be extricated from the car.  She was identified as Janeka Hicks, 26, of Robbins.  She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of her accident injuries, where she later died.

The driver of the Camaro was also taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of accident injuries.

Janeka Hicks’ daughter, Journey, a four-month-old girl who was in the backseat of the Avenger, was not injured during the accident.

This fatal Cook County car accident is under investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Fox32Chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the May 13 abc7chicago.com article titled “Baby rescued from fiery Robbins crash that killed in mother Janeka Hicks.”

Fatal Accident In Chicago’s Canaryville Accident

There was a fatal four-vehicle accident early Saturday (May 7, 2016) in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood.  The crash happened at 47th Street and Halsted Street.

The crash happened at approximately 1:00 a.m., when an eastbound car on Halsted (a Mitsubushi) is reported to have “run a red light” and crossed into oncoming traffic.  In doing so it hit a Nissan Altima.  Two other cars were also involved in the accident.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was declared dead at the accident scene.

A number of other people were injured during the crash, and they either declined medical treatment or were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 7, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead after running red light at 47th and Halsted in Canaryville” as well as the May 7 wgntv.com article titled “1 killed, 6 injured in South Side crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Chicago’s Southwest Side

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Thursday night (May 5, 2016) in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood (Southwest Side of Chicago.)

The accident is discussed in the May 6, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Suburban man killed in Garfield Ridge motorcycle crash.”

An excerpt from that article:

John Baran, 46, was driving a motorcycle about 9:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Harlem when the motorcycle crossed lanes and was hit by an oncoming SUV, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Baran, of New Lenox, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 9:57 p.m.

Additional details regarding this Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.