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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.

Three Fatalities In I-88 “Wrong-Way Driver” Collision

There was a “wrong-way driver” accident early Friday morning (December 2, 2016) on Interstate 88 (I-88) in Naperville.  The accident, which involved a “head-on collision” between two cars, led to the deaths of three people.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 12:55 a.m., in the westbound lanes of I-88 (Reagan Tollway) near Mill Street.  At that time, near mile marker 125.75, the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry was driving in the wrong direction (i.e. driving eastbound) in the westbound lanes, and crashed “head-on” into a 2007 Chrysler 300.

The driver of the Camry, identified as Domenic Andreoni, 30, of Elgin, was declared dead at the accident scene.

The driver and the passenger of the Chrysler 300, identified as Ali Erhaima, 32, of Aurora, and Shiva Inampudi, 40, of Naperville, respectively, were also declared dead at the accident scene.

It has not yet been determined what caused Andreoni to be driving in the wrong direction.  The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 2, 2016 Naperville Sun article (with video) titled “3 killed in I-88 crash in Naperville” as well as the December 2 Chicago Sun-Times article “Police:  3 killed in I-88 crash in Warrenville.”

Eisenhower Expressway Crash Injures Two Adults And An Infant

There was a car crash on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) in Forest Park early Sunday morning (November 27, 2016).  The accident involved one car “rear-ending” another and resulted in serious injuries to an infant girl, as well as unspecified injuries to two adults.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 3:20 a.m., in the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway.  At that time, a Hyundai Elantra was stopped in the right lane, with its lights off, and it was “rear-ended” by a 2001 Honda Odyssey.

Two adults were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of their accident injuries.  Their injuries and conditions do not appear to be publicly available.

As well, a 10-month-old girl was also injured during the crash.

An excerpt from the November 27, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Infant girl on life support after I-290 crash“:

The 10-month-old girl, who was not correctly secured in a proper child safety seat inside the Hyundai, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she was on life support, police said.

The infant appears to have numerous serious injuries resulting from the crash.  The November 28 Deerfield Patch article (“Infant on Life Support after Crash on Eisenhower Expressway“) says that these accident injuries include two broken legs, a broken arm, and a skull fracture.

An excerpt from the Deerfield Patch article:

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Additional details regarding this Chicago area expressway accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and Deerfield Patch articles mentioned above.

Man Dies Following South Barrington Car Crash

A man died following an accident in South Barrington on Friday, November 18, 2016.

Police responded to the accident scene, which was at the intersection of Higgins Road and Route 59, at 6:01 a.m.

According to South Barrington Police, the accident happened when a driver in a 2015 Hyundai, traveling southbound on Route 59, crashed into the back of (i.e. “rear-ended”) a Ford F550 truck that was stopped at a traffic light.

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Michael D. Billings, 60, of Lake in the Hills, was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for medical treatment of his accident injuries.  He died early Saturday morning after surgeries were performed.

According to South Barrington Police, both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 21, 2016 Barrington Courier-Review article titled “Lake in the Hills man dies after car crash in South Barrington” as well as the November 22 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Lake in the Hills Man Dies Following South Barrington Crash.”

Two People Critically Injured During Skokie SUV-Semi Crash

There was a collision between a SUV and semi truck Thursday morning (November 17, 2016) in Skokie.  Two people were injured in the crash.

Details regarding the crash appear to be somewhat limited at this time.  The cause of the crash, as well as what party was at fault for the crash, does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to Skokie officials, the accident happened at 3:51 a.m. and involved a SUV that had a frontal impact with the side of a semi truck at Golf Road and Keeler Avenue.  As a result of the collision, the semi tipped onto its side.

While the truck’s driver was not injured during the crash, the driver and passenger in the SUV suffered what were called “significant injuries.”  They were taken to Evanston Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries, and were in critical condition.  At least one media source says that both the driver and passenger of the SUV were ejected during the crash.

An excerpt from the November 17, 2016 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Crash Between SUV, Jewel-Osco Semi Leaves 2 Critically Injured“:

The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force Major Crash Assistance Team is investigating. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Skokie police at (847) 982-5900, or the crime tip hotline at (847) 933-8477. Tips can also be texted to 847411 with “Skokie” in the message.

Additional details regarding this Skokie crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the November 17 CBS Chicago article titled “2 Hurt In Crash Between SUV, Semi In Skokie.”

Boy And Woman Struck While In Crosswalk In Jefferson Park

As previously discussed on this site – as well as seen in various posts regarding Chicago-area pedestrian accidents – many pedestrian accidents happen despite pedestrians crossing the street within a crosswalk.

Another fatal pedestrian accident happened Sunday afternoon (November 13, 2016) during which two people were crossing a street in Chicago within a crosswalk.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the accident happened in the Jefferson Park neighborhood (Northwest Side) at 4:11 p.m., as a 39-year-old woman and two-year-old boy were crossing the street on Central Avenue (in the 4700 block of North Central Avenue.)  The cargo van that struck them had been heading southbound on North Central Avenue after turning left from westbound Giddings Street.

The 2-year-old boy and woman were both taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of their accident injuries.  The boy was declared dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The woman’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 13, 2016, titled “Driver cited after fatally striking 2-year-old boy on NW Side“:

The driver, 48-year-old Alexander Vasquez Jr., was issued one citation for failure to stop at a stop sign, two citations for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, and two citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said. He is scheduled to appear in traffic court Dec. 16.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the November 13 dnainfo.com article titled “Driver Ticketed After Boy, 2, Struck By Car In Jefferson Park, Police Say.”

Pedestrian Accident In Glencoe During Halloween

A girl was struck by a car in Glencoe during Halloween.  This pedestrian accident happened at  7:15 p.m. as the 12-year-old girl attempted to cross the 900 block of Green Bay Road.

The accident is further discussed in the November 1, 2016 Daily North Shore article titled “Girl Hit by Car in Glencoe on Halloween.”

In the article there are suggestions as to how to safely cross a street during Halloween.

It should be noted, however, that even if one chooses to walk across a street in a crosswalk, many pedestrian accidents – some fatal – have occurred as people attempt to cross streets in crosswalks.  These pedestrian accidents that happen within crosswalks are further discussed on the “Accidents That Happen Within Crosswalks” page.

An excerpt from that page, with regard to what one should do if one is involved in a pedestrian accident:

If you are involved in such a crosswalk accident, there are many steps that you should take – including getting an immediate, thorough medical examination and treatment by a qualified medical professional.  Of note, you should get such an examination even if you don’t necessarily believe that your injuries are “serious” enough to warrant such an examination.  The reasons for this are various, and are further discussed in the page titled “Important Reasons For Getting A Medical Examination After An Accident.”

From a legal perspective, you should act to protect your legal rights and seek compensation for your injuries and other harm.  Often, people choose to retain a qualified personal injury lawyer to seek maximum compensation for injuries sustained during the accident.

Should one be injured in an accident that is not their fault, Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, offers a free legal consultation.  You can call him at (773) 392-8182 at any time.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency basis”…this means that clients will never have to pay legal fees unless and until they get injury compensation.

Fatal Single-Car Accident In Wilmette

There was a fatal car accident October 29, 2016 in Wilmette.  The accident resulted in the death of an 81-year-old woman from Skokie.

According to preliminary crash investigation findings provided by the Wilmette Police Department, the accident happened at 2:33 p.m., and happened at 3510 Lake Avenue, which is seen below:

According to the preliminary information, according to a witness the 81-year-old driver was westbound on Lake Avenue at Laramie and apparently lost consciousness while driving.  The vehicle continued westbound before crossing into the eastbound lanes and then leaving the roadway, at which time it struck a tree on the parkway.

The accident remains under investigation by the Major Accident Unit of NORTAF.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 29, 2016 Daily North Shore article titled “Fatal Crash in Wilmette” as well as the October 29 Wilmette Patch article titled “Woman Killed After Crashing Into Tree Saturday.”

Pedestrian Fatally Struck On Milwaukee Avenue In Glenview

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Friday (October 21, 2016) in Glenview.

According to Glenview Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:49 a.m., as a man was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of Milwaukee Avenue, south of Gregory Drive.  He was struck by a car as he attempted to cross the southbound lanes.

An excerpt from the October 24, 2016 Glenview Announcements article titled “Northbrook man fatally hit by car in Glenview,” quoting the Glenview Police Department:

Sgt. Jim Foley said Monday morning that Arroyo was not in a crosswalk, and crossed the northbound lane and made it to the median before walking into the southbound lane.

“One lane of traffic was stopped and the other wasn’t. I guess he didn’t see the other lane of traffic,” Foley said.

The man hit was identified as Marcos Arroyo, 53, of Northbrook.  He was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m.

The motorist was not charged in relation to the accident.

An excerpt from the October 25 Daily North Shore article titled “Glenview Car Crash Kills Northbrook Man“:

Glenview police were assisted by the major crash assistance team of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, according to the release.

NORTAF is a cooperative effort of police departments in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Wheeling, Wilmette and Winnetka, according to the group’s website.

Additional details regarding this fatal pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including those mentioned above.

Two Chicago Bicycle Accidents On Milwaukee Avenue

There are many bicycle accidents that happen in Chicago on an ongoing basis.  In the last few months, several high-profile fatal Chicago bicycle accidents have occurred, which has heightened recognition of the issue of Chicago bicycling safety.

On this site, many Chicago and Chicago area bicycle accidents have been summarized.  As well, additional discussion concerning various facets of bicycle accidents is seen on the following three pages:

Chicago Bicycle Accidents

Bicycling Accidents In Cook County

Bicycle Accident Injuries

The dnainfo.com article of October 24, 2016, titled “Cyclist Thrown Into Pickup Truck After Yet Another Crash On Milwaukee Avenue” discusses two recent Chicago bicycle accidents.  The first happened on Milwaukee Avenue on October 7, and involved a bicyclist colliding with a pedestrian.  The bicyclist was taken to a hospital for treatment of accident injuries that included a shoulder and leg injury.

Another previous bicycle accident – that also happened on Milwaukee Avenue near Milwaukee and Sacramento Avenues in the Logan Square neighborhood – is also mentioned.  In that car-bicycle collision, the bicyclist was thrown onto the hood of the car.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Brighton Park Accident

There was a motorcycle accident early Tuesday (October 18, 2016) in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood (on the Southwest Side.)

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m., as a motorcycle was heading west in the 4600 block of South Archer.  At that time, a SUV made an illegal U-turn, and the motorcycle struck the SUV.

The motorcyclist was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 18, 2016, titled “Motorcyclist critically hurt in Brighton Park crash“:

The 20-year-old man driving the SUV was cited for making an illegal U-turn and not having insurance, police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the October 18 CBS Chicago article titled “Man Critically Injured In Brighton Park Motorcycle Crash.”