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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Driver Killed On Bishop Ford Freeway After SUV Wheel Hits Windshield

There was a Cook County fatal car accident Wednesday morning (July 23, 2014) on the Bishop Ford Freeway.   This accident involved a driver getting fatally struck by a rear wheel that came off of a Chevrolet Blazer.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 6:10 a.m. on I-94 near 130th Street.  The woman whose car was hit by the wheel was traveling northbound at the time of the accident; the Chevrolet Blazer that lost the wheel was traveling southbound on the Bishop Ford.  The wheel flew over the median before smashing into the windshield of the northbound car.

The driver of the car was identified as Jovanka Mijatov, 64, of Schererville, Indiana.  She was declared dead after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer whose wheel came off was identified as Marina Blanco, 48, of Hammond, Indiana.

According to the ISP, she was charged with having no valid insurance and no valid registration, as well as using unsafe tires.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 23, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Northbound lanes reopen after fatal accident on Bishop Ford Freeway” as well as the July 23 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Killed When Tire Smashes Into Windshield On Bishop Ford.”

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Fatal Dump Truck Accident On I-57

There was a fatal truck accident this morning (July 19, 2014) shortly before 9:30 a.m. on southbound I-57 near 159th Street near Markham.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this truck accident happened after a dump truck hit a concrete median barrier on the left side of the expressway, and then rolled over and caught on fire.

The truck driver was unable to escape from the truck.

The truck driver was identified as Napoleon Brewer, 75.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 19, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Fatal accident shuts down southbound I-57 for hours near Markham” as well as the July 19 nwi.com article titled “Dump truck crash closes I-57, kills driver.”

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Hit & Run Pedestrian Accident In Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood

There was a Chicago pedestrian accident involving a vehicle that struck a pedestrian then fled from the scene.  This hit & run accident happened at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014 in the Logan Square neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, this pedestrian accident happened in the 2700 block of North Hamlin Avenue.  Police chased the car shortly after the accident.  The suspected driver was apprehended at North Monticello Avenue and West LeMoyne Street.

The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.  The pedestrian’s identity was not released.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the July 16, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Hit-run driver arrested after striking pedestrian in Logan Square” as well as the July 16 CBS Chicago article titled “Man Charged In Logan Square Hit-And-Run.”

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident Near Hoffman Estates, Illinois

There was a fatal pedestrian accident near Hoffman Estates in unincorporated Cook County Monday (July 14, 2014) morning.

The pedestrian accident happened shortly before 5:00 a.m. near Golf and Rohrssen Roads.  The pedestrian was struck by a vehicle driven by a 56-year-old man who was driving west on Golf at the time of the collision.

The pedestrian was identified as Gabriel Gutierrez-Gomez, 27, of Elgin.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 5:17 a.m. at the accident scene.

This fatal pedestrian accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 14, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Elgin pedestrian killed near Hoffman Estates” as well as the July 14 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Man dies after being hit by car near Hoffman Estates.”

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Fatal Bicycle Accident In Niles, Illinois

There was a fatal bicycling accident last week (Wednesday, July 9, 2014) in Niles, Illinois.

An excerpt from the July 14, 2014 Niles Herald-Spectator article titled “Bicyclist fatally struck by vehicle in Niles” :

Jeremy Ghisols, 39, of the 5500 block of North Mulligan Avenue, Chicago was biking on a trail at about 8:40 p.m. July 9, in the 6800 block of West Howard Street when he veered off the path and was struck by a westbound Mazda Miata, according to Niles Deputy Chief Joseph Penze and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Ghisols was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced dead on July 11.

This fatal Cook County bicycling accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Niles Herald-Spectator article seen above as well as the July 14 CBS Chicago article titled “Bicyclist Struck And Killed By Vehicle In Niles.”

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Fatal Interstate 80 (I-80) Chain-Reaction Crash In Hazel Crest, Illinois

There was a “chain reaction” crash on Interstate 80 (I-80) in Hazel Crest today that has resulted in a fatality.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened at approximately 1:30 p.m., as a car was hit (“rear ended”) by an SUV near Kedzie Avenue.  A “chain reaction” then happened, with two other cars being hit.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the driver of the car first “rear-ended” by the SUV was pronounced dead at 2:22 p.m. after being taken to the South Suburban Medical Center in Hazel Crest.

The driver of the SUV suffered injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.

Those occupants of the two other cars involved in the “chain reaction” crash were also taken to hospitals with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the July 11, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 killed, 1 hurt in I-80 crash” as well as the July 11 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Eastbound I-80 reopens after four-vehicle crash.”

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Car Collides With Motorcycle In Chicago

There was a motorcycle accident Monday morning (July 7, 2014) on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago.

This accident, which happened in the 5900 block of Bryn Mawr at approximately 9:30 a.m., happened when a car swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a motorcyclist.

The dnainfo.com article of July 9, 2014, titled “Motorcyclist Thrown onto Hood of Drunk Driver’s Car:  Prosecutors” discusses the accident.

Two excerpts:

A motorcyclist cruising down Bryn Mawr Avenue Monday morning was critically injured when he was thrown onto the hood of a car driven by a drunk suburban man, prosecutors said.

also:

The 47-year-old motorcyclist was taken in critical condition to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where he is being treated for bleeding on the brain, a punctured lung and broken ribs, prosecutors said.

The dnainfo.com article further discusses the accident and the actions of the driver, identified as Mike Kowalski, 37.

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Man Struck And Killed As He Walked On Eisenhower Expressway

There was a fatal accident on the Eisenhower Expressway early this morning (July 6, 2014) in which a man was struck and killed as he walked across the expressway near Halsted Street.

An excerpt from the July 6, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops:  Man killed while walking across Eisenhower” :

The man, 54, was seen leaving the CTA platform and walked into the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower around 5 a.m., police said.

A driver saw the man and tried to swerve out of the way but hit him, police said.

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

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Fatal Car Crash On Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

There was a fatal car accident early this morning (July 5, 2014) on Lake Shore Drive just south of the Interstate 55 (I-55) ramp.

The accident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m.

According to authorities, the car hit a wall.  The driver of the car died at the accident scene, and two other passengers had to be extricated from the car.  They were then transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

All three of the men were believed to be in their 20s.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the identity of the driver who died at the accident scene.

Additional information concerning this fatal Cook County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 5 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “1 dead, 2 critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash” as well as the July 5 dnainfo.com article titled “Lake Shore Drive Crash Leaves Driver Dead, Two Passengers Injured.”

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Bridgeview, Illinois Collision Leaves Four Dead And One Boy Injured

There was a fatal two-car collision in Bridgeview, Illinois yesterday (July 4, 2014.)  Four people died as a result of the collision, and a boy was injured.

According to Bridgeview officials, the collision happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of South Harlem Avenue, when a Chevy Camaro heading northbound on Harlem collided “head-on” with a Dodge Dakota pickup truck that was in the southbound lanes.

As a result of the crash, the driver of the Camaro, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as  Aiman Salem, 21, of Worth, and his passenger, Alaa Mustafa Alkhatib, 24, of Palos Hills, were pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Hector Gonzalez, 48, of Chicago.  There was a passenger in the pickup truck, identified as Maria Gonzalez, 52.  They both died at the scene of the accident.

There was a boy who was another passenger in the pickup truck, who was the son of Hector and Maria Gonzalez.  He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

It is unknown as to what factors may have led to the collision.

This Cook County car accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 5, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “4 die in Bridgeview crash” as well as the July 5 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Four killed, child hurt in Bridgeview crash.”

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