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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 Hit-And-Run Accident On Chicago’s Southwest Side

There was a fatal “hit & run” accident late Saturday (April 30, 2016) evening in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 10:45 p.m., as a 42-year-old woman and 39-year-old man were walking across South Archer Avenue (at the intersection with South Lavergne Avenue) when they were struck by a red Jeep.

The woman was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of her accident injuries.  She was later pronounced dead.

The man was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was reported to be in stable condition.

The Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigations Unit continues to investigate this fatal Chicago hit & run accident.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the May 1, 2016 NBC Chicago article titled “Woman Killed, Man Injured in Hit-and-Run on Southwest Side” as well as the May 1 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Police:  Woman Killed, Man Injured In Garfield Ridge Hit-And-Run.”

Car Crashes Into Sarkis Cafe After Collision

There was a car accident Thursday (April 21, 2016) evening in Evanston after which a car crashed into and through the patio area of Sarkis Cafe.

According to Evanston Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:15 p.m., as one car was struck by another at the intersection of Crawford and Gross Point Road.  The cause of the accident was one car attempting to make a left-hand turn in front of another oncoming car.

After the collision, one of the car’s drivers lost consciousness but still had the driver’s foot depressing the accelerator.  The car crashed into and through the patio area of Sarkis Cafe, causing extensive damage to the patio area, before the car came to a stop in the parking lot.

The driver that crashed through the patio was driving a Honda.  He was taken to Skokie Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, which were described as “minor” in nature.

An excerpt from the Evanston Review article (with video of part of the accident) of April 22, 2016, titled “Cops:  Knocked out after crash, driver accelerates into Sarkis Cafe patio,” about the driver of the other car, that was attempting to make the left-hand turn at the time of the accident:

The 25-year-old Chicago woman was not injured during the incident, he said. She was cited for improper left turn and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Dugan said.

Additional details regarding this car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Evanston Review article mentioned above, as well as the April 22 Daily North Shore article titled “Sarkis Open Despite Crash.”

Fatal I-90 Collision

There was a fatal collision on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) early Thursday (April 14, 2016).

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the collision happened at approximately 12:50 a.m. and happened between Roselle Road and Barrington Road.

The accident involved a collision between a van and a tow truck.

An excerpt from the April 14, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Elgin man killed in I-90 crash“:

Illinois State Police say a gold Chevrolet minivan driven by James Perfors veered off to the left and struck the end of a tow truck preparing to tow a disabled vehicle from the construction zone between Roselle and Barrington roads.

Perfors, 78, of Elgin, died at the accident scene.

The driver of the tow truck, although not in the truck at the time of the vehicle, was struck by the tow truck.  He was taken to a local hospital (St. Alexis Hospital) for treatment of his accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal I-90 collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above as well as the April 14 Chicago Tribune article titled “79-year-old man killed, another person injured in Jane Addams tollway crash.”

I-290 Crash Injures Three People

There was a crash on the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) on Thursday evening (April 7, 2016) in which three people were hurt, including two Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident involved three vehicles, and happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-290 between Harlem Avenue and Des Plaines Avenue.  This location is near Forest Park.

Details regarding the crash and its causes are not provided.  However, the two Sheriff’s Deputies and a third person in another vehicle were taken to hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be “minor injuries” and, as such, non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 8, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Crash on I-290 injures 3, including 2 Cook County sheriff’s officers” and the CBS Chicago article of April 8 titled “2 Sheriff’s Deputies Among 3 Hurt In I-290 Crash Near Forest Park.”

Fatal “Head On” Crash In Dolton

There was a fatal “wrong-way” driver crash early Saturday morning on the Bishop Ford Freeway in Dolton, according to the Illinois State Police (ISP).

The accident happened as a SUV was driving north in the southbound lanes near 147th Street at approximately 2:30 a.m.  At that time, the SUV collided “head-on” with a southbound car.

There were two people in the car at the time of the collision.  The passenger, identified as Francisco Sotelo Juarez, 27, of Chicago Heights, was declared deceased after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.  The driver of the car, identified as a 34-year-old man from Chicago Heights, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries and he was reported to be in serious condition.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 44-year-old man, was also hospitalized with minor injuries.  There is no indication yet as to what if any charges he faces related to this fatal collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this head-on collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 19, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead in wrong-way crash on Bishop Ford Freeway” as well as the March 19 NBC Chicago article titled “1 Killed, 2 Injured in Wrong-Way Expressway Crash.”

Car Rollover Accident On Lake Shore Drive

There was a rollover accident early Friday morning (March 18, 2016) on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  One person was seriously injured in the accident.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the accident happened at roughly 4:00 a.m.  At that time a northbound car rolled over for a currently undisclosed reason near Oak Street.

One person was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.  That person was said to be in critical to serious condition.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 18, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Person hurt in Lake Shore Drive rollover” as well as the March 18 abc7chicago article (with video) titled “1 injured in rollover crash on northbound Lake Shore Drive near Oak Street curve.”

Arlington Heights Pedestrian Accident Injures Boy

Pedestrian accidents remain a significant concern, as many pedestrian accidents in Chicago and the broader Chicagoland area occur, many with serious injuries, and some leading to fatalities.  On this site, pedestrian accidents are summarized under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category, and further discussed on the Chicago Pedestrian Accidents page.

A boy, said to be younger than 10 years old, was struck by a car Wednesday night in Arlington Heights.   According to a preliminary investigation by the Arlington Heights Police, the accident happened at approximately 5:15 p.m., as a boy was leaving Our Lady of the Wayside Church.  The boy was struck as he attempted to cross the street in front of the church.

An excerpt from the March 16, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Boy hit by car crossing street in Arlington Heights,” citing Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Alan Baumgartner:

“There was no way the driver could have seen him,” Baumgartner said, adding that the boy ran out into the road in front of a parked car and was not at a crosswalk.

The woman who was driving is not expected to be cited, he said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.  His accident injuries were reported to include bleeding in his brain from his head striking the car.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above, as well as the Chicago Tribune article of March 17 titled “Boy hit by car in Arlington Heights, taken to hospital.”

70-Year-Old Woman Hit While Riding Bicycle

Due to a number of factors, bicycle accidents often lead to a range of injuries, many serious, if not life-threatening, in nature.  The potential for serious injuries is increased if the bicyclist is not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.  Wearing bicycle helmets reduces the possibility of head injuries during accidents.

There was a bicycle accident Tuesday (March 15, 2016) in Glencoe in which a woman suffered what has been described as “near life-threatening injuries.”  Details on the accident appear to be limited at this time.

According to Glencoe Police, the accident happened on the 200 block of Scott Avenue, and involved a 70-year-old woman who was hit by a car while riding a bicycle.

She was taken to Evanston Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 15, 2016 Glencoe News article titled “Woman on bicycle injured in accident with car” as well as the March 16 Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch article titled “70-Year-Old Woman Hit By Car.”

Des Plaines Fatal Pedestrian Accident

A woman has died following a pedestrian accident Monday afternoon (March 14, 2016) in Des Plaines.

According to the Des Plaines Police Department, Des Plaines Police responded to the pedestrian accident at approximately 4:30 p.m.  The accident involved a vehicle hitting a woman who was attempting to walk across the street at Touhy Avenue and Maple Street.  As she attempted to do so, she was struck by a westbound vehicle.  At the time of the accident, the woman was walking outside of a marked crosswalk.

The woman was identified as Angie Marines, 79, of Des Plaines.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, she was declared dead at 5:11 p.m., at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of March 15, 2016, titled “Woman in her 70s killed while crossing street in Des Plaines“:

Marines died from multiple blunt-force injuries from a motor vehicle hitting her, the office determined after an examination Tuesday.

This fatal pedestrian accident remains under investigation.

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 March 15 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “79-year-old woman fatally struck by vehicle in Des Plaines.”

Hit & Run Accident In Cicero Injures Woman And Girl

Hit-and-run accidents in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County are a significant issue.  Often, those hit-and-run drivers fail to stop as they are intoxicated on either alcohol and/or drugs.  Other times, hit-and-run drivers are speeding and/or driving recklessly, and they don’t want to stop as they fear the ramifications of being held at fault for their actions.

Hit-and-run accidents in which pedestrians are struck are especially notable.  As seen in numerous recent incidents, these types of pedestrian accidents have led to fatalities.

On this site, hit-and-run accidents are discussed in the “hit & run” accidents category.

On Sunday evening (March 13, 2016) there was a hit-and-run accident in Cicero in which a woman and her 10-year-old goddaughter were struck.

According to a city spokesperson, the accident happened at approximately 5:15 p.m., as the woman and girl were crossing the street in the 5500 block of West Cermak Road.  At that time they were struck by a silver sedan, which fled the scene after striking the pedestrians.

The woman, identified as Sonia Castrejon, 44, and the girl, Lizette Castrejon, were critically injured during the accident and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago for treatment of their accident injuries.

The driver of the car is described as a “heavy-set” Hispanic male who is bald, and has significant facial hair.

The silver sedan was damaged on the right side, and is missing its right headlight and side mirror.

Cicero Police are asking for those with information concerning the accident to contact them at (708) 652-2130.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this hit & run pedestrian accident is seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 14, 2016 fox32chicago.com article titled “Woman, 10-year-old girl critically injured in Cicero hit-and-run” as well as the March 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman, 10-year-old girl critically injured in Cicero hit-and-run.”