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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.

Two Accidents Within The Same Crosswalk

There were two accidents within the same crosswalk Thursday afternoon (July 23, 2015) in downtown Des Plaines.  The crosswalk is on Miner Street in front of the Sugar Bowl Restaurant.

Notably, the two accidents happened within roughly two hours of each other.

The first accident was a pedestrian accident that happened at 1:44 p.m., and involved a 69-year-old female pedestrian who was struck by a car while she was walking in the crosswalk.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article (with video) of July 23, 2015, titled “2 accidents within hours near same Des Plaines crosswalk“:

The woman was thrown several feet and was not responsive afterwards, according to a witness who works on the block.

The pedestrian was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, and was reported to be in serious condition.

The second accident was a bicycle accident that involved a car hitting two 13-year-old girls who were riding their bicycles across the crosswalk at approximately 4:00 p.m.  The windshield of the car was shattered by the impact with one of the girls.  One of the girls suffered a skull fracture injury; the other girl suffered a fractured clavicle.

According to the Daily Herald article of July 24, 2015, titled “Two cited in Des Plaines crashes that happened within hours of each other” the driver of the first accident, an 88-year old woman, “was cited for driving on an expired license and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a roadway…”  The driver in the second accident, a 32-year-old woman, “was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a roadway and failure to exercise due caution.”

Additional details and possible updates concerning these Cook County accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two sources mentioned above, as well as the July 23, 2015 nbcchicago.com article (with video) titled “4 Pedestrians Hospitalized in 2 Separate Downtown Des Plaines Accidents.”

Fatal Street Racing Accident On Lower Wacker Drive

In the July 13, 2015 post (“Illegal Street Racing On Lower Wacker Drive“) the dangers of street racing and related activities, such as drifting, are discussed.

On July 18, there was a fatal street racing accident on Lower Wacker Drive.  The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 20, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Lower Wacker racing ended in fatal crash,” the July 21 dnainfo.com article titled “Speed Bumps, Barricades Coming To Lower Wacker After Drag Race Death,” and the July 20 dnainfo.com article titled “Man Killed While Drag Racing His Best Friend on Lower Wacker.”

An excerpt from the July 20 dnainfo article:

Ivan Sanchez, 18, of the 1500 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue, has been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI, DUI and various traffic offenses, according to a Chicago Police Department news release. The accident occurred at 3:22 a.m. Saturday in the first block of West Lower Wacker Drive, according to police.

Sanchez was drag racing with his best friend, 20-year-old Jose Luzianos, on Lower Wacker when their cars spun out, authorities said. Luzianos was driving a BMW and collided with a Jeep driven by Sanchez, said Officer Ana Pacheco, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. Luzianos’ BMW then hit a concrete column, Pacheco said.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and dnainfo.com articles mentioned above.

Fatal Hit & Run Bicycle Accident In Des Plaines

A bicyclist was fatally struck Monday night (July 13, 2015) in Des Plaines.  According to Des Plaines Police, this bicycle accident was a hit & run accident.

The bicyclist was found unresponsive on West Algonquin Road, near Pennsylvania Avenue.  He was identified as Jose Piancante Gomez, 25, of Des Plaines.  He died Tuesday night.

Des Plaines Police found debris at the accident scene that led them to identify a suspected driver of a SUV that struck Gomez.

The driver was identified as Daniel R. Wehr, 54, of Morton Grove.

An excerpt from the July 14, 2015 abc7chicago.com article titled “United Airlines Worker Charged In Des Plaines fatal Hit-And-Run“:

Wehr faces one count of leaving the scene of a personal injury/death accident, which is a felony.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the July 14 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “United Airlines Worker Charged In Des Plaines fatal Hit-and-Run.”

Accident On Edens Spur In Northbrook

There was an accident involving a minivan and semi truck Tuesday (July 14, 2015) on the Edens Spur in Northbrook.

Details regarding the accident – and especially its cause – appear limited at this time.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m.  The accident happened on I-94 near Lee Road.

Seven people were injured as a result of the accident.  All were taken to hospitals in Northbrook and Highland Park for treatment of their accident injuries.  None of the accident injuries were considered to be life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 14, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Seven people injured as minivan, semi collide on Edens Spur” as well as the July 14 Northbrook Patch article titled “7 Injured in Crash on Edens Spur.”

Infant Fatally Struck In Chicago’s Woodlawn Neighborhood

On Saturday (July 11, 2015) there was a fatal car accident in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

The accident involved a car that lost control and drove onto a sidewalk, thereby fatally striking a 13-month-old infant, Dillan Harris, who was in a stroller.

The car had been fleeing a police chase.  The course of events leading to the fatal collision is discussed in the July 13, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Man Charged In Crash That Killed Boy in Stroller Was Being Chased By Police.”

Additional information concerning this fatal Chicago car accident can be found in a variety of media sources, including the July 13 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man charged with fatally striking toddler while fleeing shooting.”

Illegal Street Racing On Lower Wacker Drive

Street racing is dangerous, and has caused various accidents, some fatal, in the Chicago area over recent past years.  Street racing and these various accidents are discussed in the “Street Racing Accidents In Lake County.”

Recently, there have been increased awareness and efforts to curtail street racing and related activities on Chicago’s Lower Wacker Drive.

The issue of street racing on Lower Wacker Drive (and “Lower Lower Wacker Drive”) is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 10, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “New Stops Signs Installed on Lower Wacker Drive to Slow Down Downtown Drag Racers” as well as the June 7 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Can speed bumps muffle engine-roaring speed-racers on Lower Wacker?

An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article:

Neighbors for months have been calling police and Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) to report the weekend street racers. The speed racers for years have zipped through and near the lower levels of Wacker Drive, disturbing sleep and causing worry that someone will get hurt. Reilly, police and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have since pledged to address the issue through a number of means, including potentially speed bumps and security cameras.

NEAR President Richard Ward described the stop signs as a start but told police Thursday that they aren’t nearly enough to deter the illegal races. Neighbors have said the weekend racers consistently scatter once police arrive on the scene, but return to racing as soon as police leave.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo and Chicago Sun-Times articles mentioned above.

Car Crashes Into Des Plaines Condo Building

There was a fatal car accident Monday afternoon (June 29, 2015) in Des Plaines, Illinois involving a car that crashed into a condo building.

The accident happened shortly before 4:00 p.m., when a car swerved off the road and crashed into the condo building near River Road and River Street.

According to officials, the car swerved when the driver got a leg cramp.

A passenger in the car, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as Eva C. Lucero, 73, of Highland Park, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.  She was declared dead there.

The car’s driver and a back seat passenger were taken to hospitals for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 30, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Highland Park woman identified as Des Plaines crash victim” as well as the July 1 Highland Park Patch article titled “Highland Park Woman Dies in Des Plaines Car Crash.”

Two Killed In Cicero Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal Cook County motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon (June 27, 2015) in Cicero, Illinois.

Details on the accident – and specifically its causes – appear limited at this time.

According to Cicero Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m., near the intersection of Ogden Avenue and 51st Court.

As a result of the crash, both the motorcyclist and passenger were killed.

They were identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Bobby L. Donaldson, 33, of Lyons, and Amanda Damarisandino, 26, of Chicago.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 28, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, woman killed in Cicero motorcycle crash” as well as the June 28 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  Man, Woman Killed In Cicero Motorcycle Crash.”

Fatal Kennedy Expressway Crash In Hubbard’s Cave

There was a fatal Chicago car accident in the early morning hours of June 24, 2015 on the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90/94) in Hubbard’s Cave.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened just before 2:00 a.m., and involved a collision between a car and semi truck.  The cause of the accident is still being determined.

One person involved in the crash died at the accident scene.  Two other people, one from the car and one from the truck, were injured during the accident.  For treatment of their accident injuries, one was taken to Stroger Hospital and one was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Details regarding this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the June 24, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “1 killed, 2 hurt in crash on Kennedy in Hubbard’s Cave” as well as the June 24 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Officials:  1 killed, 2 seriously injured in Kennedy crash near Loop.”

Man Dies After Being Struck By Semi On I-294

A man was fatally struck by a semi truck Friday evening (June 19, 2015) on Interstate 294 (I-294) near Alsip.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 6:34 p.m.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of June 20, 2015, titled “Man killed after being struck on I-294 near Alsip“:

Yousef Khatif, 27, parked his car on the right shoulder and ran into traffic around 6:34 p.m. in the right southbound lane of I-294 in front of a 2007 Peterbilt semitrailer, state police said, citing preliminary information.

Another excerpt, from the June 19, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies after running into oncoming traffic on I-294“:

The crash happened about a mile away from the 127th-Cicero exit.

Khatif, of Chicago Ridge, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. An autopsy on Saturday ruled his death a suicide.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times articles mentioned above.