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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.

Rollover Crash In Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

There was a rollover accident Friday evening (May 13, 2016) in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

Details on the cause of this single-vehicle accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to a Chicago Fire Department official, the accident happened at approximately 10:34 p.m., under a viaduct near 63rd and Wallace Streets.

Three women, ages 52, 53, and 62, were taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition for treatment of their accident injuries.

A 67-year-old man was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.

Additional details regarding this Chicago rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 14, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “4 hurt in Englewood rollover crash” as well as the May 14 Chicago Sun-Times article (with picture of the vehicle rollover) titled “4 injured in Englewood rollover crash.”

Fatal Two-Car Collision In Robbins

There was a fatal two-car collision Friday afternoon (May 13, 2016) in Robbins.  The car collision was a head-on accident.

The crash happened at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Pulaski Avenue, just to the south of 136th Street.

An excerpt from the Fox32Chicago.com article (with video) of May 13, 2016, titled “Young mother dead after 2-car crash in Robbins” concerning the findings of the preliminary investigation:

“The car lost control, the black Dodge Avenger, and apparently went across the lanes and struck the other vehicle that was going southbound on Pulaski,” said Roy Wells, Robbins Police Chief.

The driver of the Avenger had to be extricated from the car.  She was identified as Janeka Hicks, 26, of Robbins.  She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of her accident injuries, where she later died.

The driver of the Camaro was also taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of accident injuries.

Janeka Hicks’ daughter, Journey, a four-month-old girl who was in the backseat of the Avenger, was not injured during the accident.

This fatal Cook County car accident is under investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Fox32Chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the May 13 abc7chicago.com article titled “Baby rescued from fiery Robbins crash that killed in mother Janeka Hicks.”

Fatal Accident In Chicago’s Canaryville Accident

There was a fatal four-vehicle accident early Saturday (May 7, 2016) in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood.  The crash happened at 47th Street and Halsted Street.

The crash happened at approximately 1:00 a.m., when an eastbound car on Halsted (a Mitsubushi) is reported to have “run a red light” and crossed into oncoming traffic.  In doing so it hit a Nissan Altima.  Two other cars were also involved in the accident.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was declared dead at the accident scene.

A number of other people were injured during the crash, and they either declined medical treatment or were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

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

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 7, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead after running red light at 47th and Halsted in Canaryville” as well as the May 7 wgntv.com article titled “1 killed, 6 injured in South Side crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Chicago’s Southwest Side

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Thursday night (May 5, 2016) in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood (Southwest Side of Chicago.)

The accident is discussed in the May 6, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Suburban man killed in Garfield Ridge motorcycle crash.”

An excerpt from that article:

John Baran, 46, was driving a motorcycle about 9:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Harlem when the motorcycle crossed lanes and was hit by an oncoming SUV, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Baran, of New Lenox, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 9:57 p.m.

Additional details regarding this Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

Rollover Crash In Park Ridge Injures Driver

There was a rollover crash early Monday morning (May 2, 2016) in Park Ridge.

According to the Park Ridge Police Department, the accident happened as a driver was driving westbound on Devon Avenue at approximately 5:15 a.m.  At that time, at Devon Avenue and Delphia Avenue, the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier drove onto the median and struck a tree, at which point it flipped onto its side.

According to Park Ridge Police, the driver was identified as Mark A. Mousourakis, 45, of Lisle.

An excerpt from the May 3, 2016 Park Ridge Herald-Advocate (Chicago Tribune) article titled “Police:  Man hurt in Park Ridge crash was driving on revoked license“:

Mousourakis reportedly told police that he had looked at his phone just before the crash. Mousourakis was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he was treated for injuries, police said.

Additional details regarding this Cook County rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate article mentioned above, as well as the May 2 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “45-year-old man hurt in Park Ridge rollover crash.”

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.”