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.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Chicago Crash

There has been an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of William Brunson, 39, who died during a Chicago crash on January 26, 2013.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday (January 22, 2015) against the driver of the vehicle (Delia Aguila) who fatally struck Brunson as well as his girlfriend, Victoria Means, 34.  The underlying fatal accident on January 26, 2013 is described in the January 29, 2013 dnainfo.com article titled “Humboldt Park Woman Charged with DUI in Fatal Crash.”

The lawsuit is described in the January 22, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman sued for 2013 fatal hit-and-run crash.”  An excerpt:

Aguila pleaded guilty in December 2013 to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of the accident, the Sun-Times previously reported. She never had a driver’s license and didn’t have one at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.

The suit filed Thursday is asking for $50,000 in damages for the crash, blaming Aguila for Brunson’s wrongful death. The suit claims Aguila failed to keep a proper lookout or sound a horn when her vehicle approached the couple.

Additional details regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit as well as the underlying accident can be seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

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Car Crashes Off Of Lake Shore Drive

There was a fatal car accident that happened after a car drove off of Lake Shore Drive and into a lagoon in Lincoln Park early Monday, January 19, 2015.

Emergency responders came to the accident scene, in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, at approximately 1:45 a.m.

The car had flipped over on its roof on the frozen pond.

The passenger of the car was identified as Claudia Beruben, 37, of Calumet Park.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, she died after being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The man driving the car, identified as being 42 years old, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of accident injuries.  As of Tuesday, he was in critical condition.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 20, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Charges pending after fatal rollover on frozen Lincoln Park lagoon” as well as the January 19 dnainfo.com article titled “Woman Dead After Car Flips Into Lincoln Park Lagoon” and the January 19 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “One Dead, One Critical After Car Crashes onto Frozen Lagoon in Lincoln Park.”

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Hit & Run Pedestrian Accident In Rolling Meadows

There was a Cook County pedestrian accident early Sunday morning (January 18, 2015) in Rolling Meadows.  The accident was a hit & run accident.

According to the Rolling Meadows Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 1:39 a.m., on eastbound Algonquin Road just west of Algonquin Road and Route 53.  When first responders arrived at the accident scene, they found a man lying in the eastbound lanes with accident injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

According to Rolling Meadows Police, a suspect is in custody.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 18, 2015 Arlington Cardinal article titled “Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Incident with Serious Injuries on Algonquin Road Near Route 53, Rolling Meadows” as well as the January 18, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian injured in Rolling Meadows hit-and-run; suspect in custody.”

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Multiple Vehicle Accident On The Dan Ryan Expressway

There was a five-vehicle crash Friday morning (January 16, 2015) on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I90/94) near Cermak Road.  Details on the accident are somewhat limited.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this crash happened at approximately 5:45 a.m.  Several people were injured in the crash, although details regarding the number and severity of these accident injuries were not immediately available.

One of the vehicles involved was said to be an ambulance.

Additional details regarding this Cook County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 16, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Ambulance involved in 5-vehicle crash on Dan Ryan” as well as the January 16 myfoxchicago.com article titled “At least one injured in five-vehicle crash on Dan Ryan Expressway.”

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Hit & Run Accident In Chicago’s West Pullman Neighborhood

There was a Chicago hit & run accident in which a crossing guard was struck by a sports utility vehicle Monday (January 12, 2015) in the West Pullman neighborhood.

The accident happened at approximately 3:58 p.m., as a crossing guard, identified as a 27-year-old woman, was struck at the West 127th Street and Union Avenue intersection.

At the time of the accident, the crossing guard had a “stop sign” displayed and a child at her side.

According to Chicago Police, the woman suffered several severe injuries.

The SUV is described as being dark-colored, and was last seen heading west on North Emerald at a high speed.

Those with information concerning this hit & run accident are asked to call Chicago Police at 312-745-4521.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 14, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Police Seeking Driver Who Injured Crossing Guard in W. Pullman Hit-and-Run” as well as the January 15 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Crossing guard seriously injured in hit-and-run crash on Far South Side.”

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Morton Grove, Illinois

There was a fatal Cook County hit & run pedestrian accident Monday (January 12, 2015) in Morton Grove.

The accident happened at approximately 7:45 p.m. as a man was walking near Shermer Road, north of Harlem Avenue.  At that time, he was struck by a driver, who then fled the accident scene.

The man, identified as Richard A. Mikulec, 86, of Morton Grove, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in serious condition, where he later died.

An excerpt from the January 13, 2015 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Morton Grove Man Dead After Hit-and-Run Crash“:

No description of the vehicle involved in the crash was released by authorities, but they said it’s suspected to have front-end damage.

Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 847-470-5200.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the January 13, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Pedestrian, 86, killed in Morton Grove hit-and-run.”

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Chicago Bicycle Accident Near Roosevelt And Canal Streets

There was a Chicago bicycle accident Wednesday (January 7, 2015) that involved a bicyclist getting struck by a pickup truck and then being pinned beneath the truck.  The collision happened as the pickup truck was making a turn.  This bike accident happened near Roosevelt and Canal Streets.

The accident is described in the CBS Chicago article of January 7, 2015 titled “Good Samaritan Rescues Bicyclist Pinned Under Truck.”

This is yet another example of a bicycle accident that happens when a motorist is making a turn.  Many motorcycle and bicycle accidents happen when a vehicle is making a turn and strikes the bicycle or motorcycle because the motorist “fails to see” the bicyclist or motorcyclist.

Research as to why motorists “fail to see” motorcycles is featured in the Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog post of February 22, 2014 titled “Research As To Why Motorists Fail To See Motorcyclists.”

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Warning Concerning Illinois Road Conditions

Yesterday (January 5, 2015) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “Governor Quinn Directs State Agencies to Combat Severe Winter Weather.”  The release discusses various aspects of the cold weather, snow, and resulting possible adverse road conditions throughout Illinois.

A couple of excerpts:

The Governor also directed the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to ready more than 1,768 trucks and more than 3,700 employees in preparation of the anticipated snowfall overnight. The statewide fleet will help remove anticipated snow and ice on 1,245 state routes that will create hazardous driving conditions over next few days. Motorists are advised to be on alert for slick roadways and to take extra precautions when traveling.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is fully prepared to respond to the winter weather heading our way,” Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren said. “While our top priority always is to make sure our roadways are safe as possible, we also ask the motoring public to pay close attention to the changing conditions. Please be prepared to reduce your speed and build some extra time into your schedules. During storms or when temperatures are extremely low, travel is not advised unless absolutely necessary.”

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting one to seven inches of snow will fall across the northern half of Illinois starting tonight and into Tuesday morning. Bitterly cold air with wind chills approaching 30 below are forecasted across the entire state through Thursday, significantly reducing the ability of salt to melt snow and ice, particularly during the overnight hours. Throughout the day today, IDOT has been pretreating bridge decks and elevated driving surfaces that are susceptible to icing.


The Illinois State Police (ISP) are warning motorists to plan accordingly and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of distance from other vehicles to safely maneuver, ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly, watching for snow removal equipment and exiting the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous.

“Motorists should take every safety precaution while driving during extreme weather conditions, so that they arrive and depart to and from their destinations safely,” ISP Director Hiram Grau said. “Reducing speed, avoiding distractions and paying attention to emergency vehicles—especially when roads and interstates are icy and visibility is reduced—will make driving conditions safer.”

The above-mentioned press release also says that Illinois motorists can check the latest road conditions and road closure information at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

In addition to the above warnings, given the cold temperatures, anticipated high winds, and recent snowfall, ice and/or “black ice” conditions might also be present.  “Black ice” conditions have been the cause of many car accidents, and this issue has been discussed on previous posts, including that of January 6, 2014 titled “Black Ice Hazard On Roadways.”

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Fatal Chicago Bicycle Accident Involving Hit & Run

There was a Chicago bicycle accident in West Humboldt Park involving a hit & run from which the bicyclist later died in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

According to Chicago Police, Aimer Robledo was bicycling in the 4700 block of West Division around 2:40 a.m., when he was struck by a dark-colored minivan that then fled the accident scene.

Robledo, 30, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 1, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Humboldt Park Cyclist Was Visiting Family Before Fatal Hit-and-Run” as well as the January 1 Chicago Tribune article titled “Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run after visiting wife, two young daughters.”  Both articles also include remembrances.

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Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal August 7, 2014 Metra Train Accident

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding an August 7, 2014 Chicago train accident that led to the deaths of Margaret Huddleston and her brother, Berry Huddleston.  This August 7, 2014 train accident was summarized in the August 8, 2014 post titled “Fatal Chicago Metra Train Accident.”

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on December 29, 2014.

This Illinois wrongful death lawsuit is summarized in the December 30, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “BNSF, Metra targeted in lawsuit over adult siblings’ death.”

In this article, the lawsuit and its allegations and claims are discussed, although the damages sought are not specified.

Additional details regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be found in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above.

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