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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Nine-Vehicle Dan Ryan Accident

Late-season snowfall yesterday and overnight, as well as cold temperatures, left various roadways with slick road conditions.  A nine-vehicle accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway early this morning (April 15, 2014) is being attributed to such icy road conditions.

This multi-vehicle accident happened on the Dan Ryan near 47th Street (Chicago’s South Side) at appoximately 4:15 a.m.  The accident happened in the northbound lanes.

Four people were injured and hospitalized because of the crash.    Two of those injured were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital; two others were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center.

Additionally, five other people refused medical treatment.

Additionally details and possible updates concerning this Chicago vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 15, 2014 dnainfo.com article titled “Dan Ryan Crash Leaves Four Hospitalized,” the April 15 CBS Chicago article titled “Icy Road Conditions Cause 9-Vehicle Crash On Dan Ryan,” and the April 15 Chicago Tribune article titled “Roads slick as record low possible this morning.”

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Fatal Car Accident On Chicago’s West Side

As seen in the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, vehicle accidents often happen during or after police chases. Many times the car being pursued is traveling at unsafe speeds (and perhaps in other reckless manners) in order to elude police pursuit.

There was another such instance of such a crash happening in the Chicago area on Friday (April 11, 2014) evening.

A police pursuit began after Chicago Police saw shots being fired from someone in a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the 2300 block of West Division, at approximately 9:45 p.m. After the car failed to stop for police, a pursuit ensued, with the PT Cruiser crashing into a large pole near Ashland and Grand.

There were four people in the car at the time of the crash. The driver, identified as Rigoberto Llera, 26, of Chicago, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died at 10:45 p.m.

According to Chicago Police, two female passengers, ages 23 and 26, were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition.

A 9-month-old child was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 12, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police: Child injured, man, 26, killed in crash after police chase” as well as the April 12 CBS Chicago article titled “One Dead, Three Hospitalized After West Side Crash.”

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Two-Car Crash On Chicago’s South Side

There was a two-car crash in Chicago on Thursday night (April 10, 2014) on Chicago’s South Side.  The accident happened south of the intersection of 123rd Street and South State Street.

Details vary as to the cause of the car accident, with at least one media source indicating that one of the cars was the subject of a police chase at the time of the accident.

Numerous people were injured.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 11, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 5 injured in separate traffic crashes on North and South Sides” as well as the April 10, 2014 abc7chicago.com article titled “5 injured in police chase, crash on South Side at 123rd, State.”

 

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Man Run Over By His Own SUV In Chicago

There was a fatal vehicle accident in Chicago’s Belmont Central (Northwest Side) neighborhood on April 9, 2014.

This accident happened at approximately 1:40 p.m.

An excerpt from the April 9, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Man fatally run over by his own SUV on NW Side” :

Oscar Vasquez-Mendoza, 24, drove into a parking lot about 1:40 p.m. in the 2000 block of North Austin Avenue and was halfway out of his Jeep SUV entering a security code, when the vehicle went into reverse and pulled him under, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

According to Chicago Police, after the SUV ran over Vasquez-Mendoza, it continued traveling in reverse until it crashed into a nearby wall. No one else was injured in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the April 9 Chicago Tribune article titled “Northwest Side man run over, killed by his SUV.”

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Chicago Pedestrian Accident In West Garfield Park

There was a Chicago pedestrian accident last night (April 8, 2014) in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

This accident involved a 38-year-old driver of a van striking a pedestrian in the intersection of Pulaski and Van Buren.

According to Chicago Police, this pedestrian accident happened at approximately 8:00 p.m., as the pedestrian – identified as a 34-year-old man – was crossing the street, but not in a crosswalk.  He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the van was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian, driving with a suspended license, and having no insurance.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 9, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Man Struck By Van, Critically Injured In West Garfield Park” as well as the April 9 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man critical after being struck by pickup truck on West Side.”

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“Wrong-Way” Driver Crash On I-355

Last night (April 7, 2014) there was an alleged “wrong-way driver” crash on Interstate 355 (I-355).  This accident injured multiple people.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited.

An excerpt from the CBS Chicago article of April 8, 2014, titled “Wrong-Way Driver Injures Multiple People On I-355” :

About 8 p.m., the driver was heading south on northbound I-355 lanes near 143rd Street near southwest suburban Lockport when the vehicle struck another head on, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mark Pilgrim said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the CBS Chicago article mentioned above.

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Chicago Police Car “Rear-Ended” In Austin Neighborhood

A Chicago Police car was “rear-ended” Monday night (April 7, 2014) in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, injuring two Chicago Police Officers.

According to Chicago Police, this collision happened when the Chicago Police car was stopped at a red light in the 5400 block of West Chicago Avenue, at approximately 11:00 p.m.  At that point, a man in a pickup truck collided with their car, and the squad car then hit another car.

The two Chicago Police Officers were taken to hospitals with injuries said to be minor in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 8, 2014 dnainfo.com article titled “Two Police Officers Injured After Man Crashes Pickup into Squad Car” as well as the April 8, 2014 abc7news.com article titled “Chicago squad car crash in Austin injures officers.”

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Bicyclist Struck By Hit And Run Driver In Evanston

A bicyclist was hit by a car in Evanston in a hit & run accident this (April 6, 2014) morning.

This hit & run happened sometime after 10:00 a.m., at Custer Avenue and Main Street.  According to police, this accident was the last in a series of accidents in which a 63-year-old woman from Wilmette was involved in.  These accidents involved the woman hitting a car, hitting parked cars, hitting a woman on a motorized scooter, and then hitting the man riding his bicycle.

The female rider on the scooter suffered minor injuries.  The male cyclist was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital.  As seen in photos of the bicycle, the impact of the accident broke the bicycle’s top tube.

Charges are pending against the woman who drove the car.

Reasons for these accidents is unknown; the accidents are under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 6, 2014 ABC7Chicago.com article titled “Wilmette woman injures cyclist in Evanston hit-and-run crash” as well as the April 6 Evanston Now article titled “Hit-and-run driver strikes bicyclist, cars.”

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Two Early-Morning Dan Ryan Accidents

There were two vehicle accidents early this morning (April 6, 2014) on the inbound Dan Ryan (I-94) Expressway on Chicago’s South Side.

The two accidents – which happened within minutes of each other – happened shortly before 3:00 a.m., according to the Illinois State Police (ISP).  The accidents happened in the northbound lanes near 95th Street.

It is currently unknown as to whether the two accidents were related; although it doesn’t appear to be a “chain-reaction” crash.

These two vehicle accidents involved seven vehicles in total; the first accident involved four vehicles, and the second accident involved three vehicles.

One person was injured and hospitalized resulting from these accidents.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these Cook County accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 6, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “1 injured after 7 vehicles crash on Dan Ryan” as well as the April 6 abc7chicago.com article titled “Multi-car crashes on Dan Ryan investigated.”

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Lake Shore Drive Accident Injures Three People

There was an early-morning vehicle accident this morning (April 6, 2014) on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited at this time.  However, three people were said to be taken to hospitals as a result of this crash, which happened at 4:30 a.m.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the myfoxchicago.com article of April 6, 2014 titled “Three injured in Lake Shore Drive crash.”

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