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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.

Injury To Head Leads To Death Of Logan Square Hit & Run Victim

“Hit & Run” accidents continue to be a traffic safety issue in the Chicago metropolitan area.  On this site, accidents in which a driver leaves the accident scene are summarized in the “Hit & Run” category.  Recently there have been numerous notable Chicago “hit & run” accidents in which people have been struck by cars.  As is often the case in pedestrian accidents, serious injuries often result when a vehicle strikes a person.  One injury that can occur is head injuries.  Many of these injuries lead to fatalities.

While there are many reasons why drivers choose to leave an accident scene, one reason is that the driver may fear the repercussions if they are at fault for causing the accident.  Often “hit & run” drivers are driving after drinking or driving after taking drugs.  Other times, the driver may be driving at high speed or otherwise be driving in a (highly) negligent or careless fashion.

Other “hit & run” drivers may not want to have to answer to police, as they may be driving a stolen vehicle or otherwise be involved in criminal activity.

On Tuesday (November 14, 2017) there was a “hit & run” accident in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood after which the man struck died from accident injuries on Friday (November 17, 2017).

The accident is discussed in the November 18, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Logan Square hit-and-run crash” as well as the November 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man, 68, killed in hit-and-run crash on Northwest Side.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article:

Efrain Rivera, 68, was struck by a vehicle about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of West Armitage, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The vehicle then drove away east on Armitage.

An autopsy revealed that Efrain Rivera died of “closed head” injuries suffered during the accident.

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

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Compensation Needed Following An Accident Injury

Compensation for accident injuries is a critically important topic.  When someone is hurt in an accident, it can cause a range of consequences.  In addition to the actual injury and its ramifications for one’s health, there can be significant – if not substantial – medical costs, even if the person hurt has comprehensive health insurance.  In addition, there can be other issues regarding money, such as wages lost because the person who was hurt is unable to work (either temporarily or permanently) due to the injury and the recovery period.

Because of these monetary issues, one of the primary reasons for filing a lawsuit is to get compensation for the accident injury.  This compensation is typically needed to pay for medical bills, other expenses, lost wages, and other financial hardships and financial strains caused by the injuries.

A lawsuit has been filed against the village of Steger with regard to an alleged vehicle accident and injuries involving a Steger police officer.

The lawsuit was filed by Nicole Long in Cook County Circuit Court.  It is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 18, 2017, titled “Woman injured in crash with Steger police officer files suit.”  An excerpt:

Long was driving a vehicle May 1, 2016 when a Steger police officer drove through a red light at Chicago and Steger roads and collided with her, according to the suit.

Long suffered multiple injuries from the crash, which have continued to worsen, according to the suit. Since 2007, Long had worked as a server at Iron Skillet. She did not have health insurance at the time of the crash and had to return to work despite considerable pain in order to make a living.

As further seen in the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and seeks a jury trial.

The allegations in the lawsuit with regard to the injury recovery is also notable.  While many accident injuries heal after a period, there are others, including various types of traumatic brain injuries, that can either take a significant amount of time to recover from or become permanent in nature (i.e. permanent injuries).  These permanent injuries often involve various permanent physical and/or mental impairments.

Double-Fatal Chicago Car Accident Near Clark And Oak Streets

There was a double-fatal car accident involving a car and taxi on Chicago’s Near North Side.

According to information provided by the Chicago Police, the car accident happened in the 1000 block of North Clark (near Clark and Oak) and happened after one driver ran a red light.  The accident happened just after 3:00 a.m. and involved a car “rear-ending” the taxi.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article (with video) of November 1, 2017, titled “2 Killed in Double-Fatal Crash on Near North Side“:

There, police said a Hyundai Sonata and a taxi cab were traveling southbound on Clark when the driver of the Sonata, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at a red light and rear ended the cab in the intersection.

The driver of the taxi was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  He was identified as Mekonnen Kassa, 52, of Rogers Park.

The driver of the Sonata, identified as Sungde Joof, 40.  He was pronounced dead after being taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 1 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Two killed in multi-vehicle accident on near North Side.”

Car “Rear-Ended” Semi Truck On Edens Spur In Northbrook

A car “rear-ended” a semi truck early Saturday morning (October 28, 2017) on the westbound I-94 Edens spur.  The crash resulted in two people being injured, one fatally.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened at approximately 1:32 a.m., on the Edens spur east of Waukegan Road in Northbrook.  The car became wedged underneath the “rear-ended” semi as a result of the crash.

The driver of the car, identified as Ladale Brassel, 47, of Northbrook, was declared dead at the accident scene by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The truck driver was injured and hospitalized with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 28, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Round Lake Beach man dies in early Saturday morning crash” as well as the October 28 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, 47, killed in crash with semi-truck on I-94.”

“Head-On Collision” On Route 59 Injures Two Drivers

There was a Cook County two-car collision that happened Friday afternoon (October 27, 2017) near Hoffman Estates.  The crash was a “head-on collision” involving two cars.

According to information provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Two men were injured as a result of the collision, with one suffering serious injuries.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article (with accident scene photo) of October 27, 2017, titled “2 injured in head-on crash in Hoffman Estates“:

A 21-year-old driver in a Chevrolet was traveling northbound on Route 59 when he veered into the southbound lane and struck a Volkwagen head-on. That driver was taken to a local hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The crash happened near Sutton Road and Magnolia Lane.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a 25-year-old man, was taken to the hospital.  His injuries were considered to be “life-threatening” in nature.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the October 29 Daily Herald article titled “Driver cited in crash near Hoffman Estates“:

The driver of the Malibu, 21-year-old Jalen Davis, of Addison, was charged with driving without a license, a class B misdemeanor. He was also issued citations for improper lane usage and not having valid registration.

The traffic accident investigation continues.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “head-on collision” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

Fatal Des Plaines Pedestrian Accident On East Touhy Avenue

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a problematical aspect of traffic safety.  Various statistics for the Chicago area, as well as nationally, indicate that the problem is increasing.  As seen in various reports as well as various individual pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, when a person is hit by a vehicle a broad range of serious accident injuries are likely to occur.  For many of those who are struck, injuries are of a fatal nature.  These fatalities occur either at the accident scene or some time period later.

Various medical and legal aspects regarding pedestrian accidents are further discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Wednesday night (October 25, 2017) in Des Plaines.  The accident happened as a woman was crossing the street.

According to information provided by Des Plaines Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m., as a woman was attempting to walk across the street in the 1400 block of East Touhy Avenue.  She was struck by a vehicle in the westbound outer lane.

The woman was identified as Sneh Badhwar, 69, of Michigan.

She was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  She was declared dead at 9:30 p.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the October 26, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Pedestrian dies in Des Plaines crash“:

Police said she had crossed in a poorly-lit area of the road and without a crosswalk. The driver did not appear to be intoxicated or impaired.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the October 26 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman, 69, Fatally Struck By Vehicle Crossing Street In Des Plaines.”

Speeding As A Cause Of Fatal Cook County Car Accidents

As discussed on the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, among the many causes of car accidents is speeding.  This speeding includes that involved with street racing.

As seen in many Chicago-area accidents, speeding and street racing has led to various fatal accidents in recent years.

Excessive speed is also a contributing factor in vehicle rollover accidents.  As discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page, these accidents are notable for many reasons, including that accident injuries resulting from these crashes are often serious, if not fatal, in nature.  These accidents that result in vehicle occupant ejections are among those that often lead to life-threatening injuries and fatal accidents.

There have been two recent Cook County fatal accidents which allegedly involved speeding.

The first accident happened on I-57 on Chicago’s Far South Side.  This accident is discussed in the October 2, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in I-57 rollover crash on Far South Side.”  This accident was a vehicle rollover accident, allegedly happened at high-speed, and resulted in the driver being ejected.

The second accident happened on October 18, 2017 in Glenwood.  The car crash happened on Illinois 394.

An excerpt from the October 18 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Illinois 394 crash in Glenwood“:

Excessive speed is thought to have played a role in a fatal crash early Wednesday on Illinois 394 in south suburban Glenwood, police said.

About 2:10 a.m., a red 2006 Lamborghini was speeding south on Illinois 394 when it passed another vehicle on the left, swerved right, lost control, drove off into a grassy ditch and struck a tree near East Glenwood-Lansing Road, according to Illinois State Police.

The driver was identified as Joseph A. Rodgers, 29, of Schererville, Indiana.  He died at the accident scene.

Additional information can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Two Pedestrians Accidents Involving People Walking In Crosswalks

As previously discussed on this site, pedestrian accidents involving people who are walking in crosswalks at the time of the collision happen on a regular basis.  As such, one question that has arisen is whether crosswalks offer a “false sense of security” for pedestrians.

Various statistics for the Chicago area, as well as various individual pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, indicate a broad range of serious accident injuries for the pedestrians who are struck.  Many of these accidents have led to fatal injuries.

Two recent Chicago-area pedestrian accidents have involved pedestrians who have been struck while walking in crosswalks.

The most recent accident happened on Touhy Avenue in Niles on Friday morning, October 13, 2017.  In this accident, a woman was crossing the street in a crosswalk, but against the light.  The woman was struck by a car and later died.  The accident is summarized in the October 13, 2017 Niles Herald-Spectator article titled “Lincolnwood woman fatally struck by car while crossing street in Niles” as well as the October 13 CBS Chicago article titled “63-Year-Old Pedestrian Fatally Struck In Niles.”  Two excerpts from the Niles Herald-Spectator article:

Patricia Dahnke, of Lincolnwood, was crossing Touhy Avenue at Central Avenue around 5:48 a.m. when she was struck by a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 60-year-old Chicago man, Niles police said in a news release Friday.

also:

Dahnke was crossing Touhy Avenue from north to south against the red light when the collision occurred, Tornabene said.

Police believe the driver did not initially notice Dahnke because, as she began to cross Touhy Avenue, a semi-tractor trailer was making a left turn from eastbound Touhy Avenue onto northbound Central Avenue, Tornabene said.

Patricia Dahnke was 63 years old.  She was pronounced dead after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.  The driver of the car was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The other pedestrian accident resulted in non-fatal accident injuries and happened on Wednesday morning (October 11, 2017) in Palatine.  This accident is discussed in the Daily Herald article of October 13, 2017, titled “Driver charged with striking Palatine High School student in crosswalk.”  An excerpt from the article:

Police say the 23-year-old driver of a 2007 Audi A4 was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed when he struck a 17-year-old female student about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the one-way student drop off lane. The student was walking through a marked crosswalk, police said.

The student was taken to the hospital for treatment of accident injuries including head injuries and unspecified injuries to the lower extremities.

Additional details regarding these two pedestrian accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.  Additionally, various aspects of Chicago pedestrian accidents – including what to do if you are struck by a vehicle while walking – are discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Bellwood Motorcycle Accident Involving Collision With Pace Bus

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night (October 8, 2017) in Bellwood.

Details on this Cook County motorcycle accident appear limited at this time.

The crash involved a collision between the motorcycle and a Pace bus, which at the time of the accident was out of service.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 9, 2017 titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash with Pace bus in Bellwood“:

The crash happened at 7:29 p.m. at Mannheim and Frontage roads, according to Bellwood Police Chief Jiminez Allen.

The motorcyclist, 60-year-old Richard J. Robins of Forest Park, was pronounced dead at the scene, Allen said.

As part of the accident investigation the Illinois State Police are conducting an accident reconstruction.

Additional details regarding this fatal Cook County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Motorcyclist Dies After Avalon Park Motorcycle Accident

A motorcyclist has died from his accident injuries a week after being struck by a car in Chicago’s Avalon Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred on Friday (September 22, 2017) as the motorcyclist was riding east on East 79th Street.  At approximately 10:30 p.m., he was struck by a car turning left at East 79th Street and South Chicago Avenue.

After the collision, the driver of the sedan left the accident scene.

The motorcyclist was identified as Adrian “A.J.” Campbell, 29, of Chicago.   He died from his accident injuries at Christ Medical Center on Friday, September 29, 2017.

The driver of the sedan has not yet been identified.

The accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 29, 2017 article (with video) titled “Family of man killed in South Side hit-and-run plead for leads” as well as the September 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in South Chicago hit-and-run.”