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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 Bicycle Accident At Damen And Addison

There was a fatal bicycle accident Monday morning (September 26, 2016) at Damen Avenue near Addison Street in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 7:50 a.m. as a bicyclist (a woman thought to be in her 30s) was riding northbound on Damen Avenue.  At that same time, a flatbed truck (slightly shorter than a semi truck) was also traveling northbound on Damen Avenue.  As the truck attempted to turn east onto Addison Street, the truck struck the bicyclist. [i.e. it appears to be a “right-hook” accident.]

The bicyclist died at the accident scene.

The accident is being investigated by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.  There might have been witnesses given that people were nearby waiting for a bus.

As of Monday morning the truck driver has not been cited in the accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 26, 2016 dnainfo.com article titled “Cyclist Killed In Crash With Truck At Damen And Addison” as well as the September 26 Fox32Chicago.com article titled “Police:  Bicyclist fatally struck by truck in North Center.”

Student Dies Following Sheridan Road Bicycle Accident

There was a fatal bicycle accident Thursday evening (September 22, 2016) in Evanston.

According to authorities, the accident happened in the 2000 block of Sheridan Road (near Sheridan Road and Northwestern Place) as a cement truck was traveling northbound on Sheridan Road between Garrett Place and Library Place with the green light.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., the truck struck the bicyclist as she was riding out of a lot.  The force of the impact knocked the bicyclist off the bike and she went under the truck.

An excerpt from the Evanston Review article (with video) of September 23, 2016 titled “First-year NU student from China struck, killed while riding bike,” quoting Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington:

“She just misjudged the speed of the truck,” Eddington said. “Or didn’t realize how long the truck was. … A tragic accident.”

The bicyclist was identified as Chuyuan Qiu, 18.  She was taken to Evanston Northshore University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The cement truck’s driver was not cited in the incident.  He was identified as a 38-year-old resident of Des Plaines.

Additional details regarding this fatal bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Evanston Review article mentioned above, as well as the September 22 Wilmette Patch article titled “Northwestern Student Killed While Riding Bike On Campus.”

Motorcyclist Dies Following Palatine Collision

There was a fatal motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon (September 18, 2016) in Palatine.

According to Palatine Police, the crash happened just before 1:15 p.m., near Rand Road and Winslowe Road, which is near the entrance to the Palatine Walmart.

At that time, a motorcycle traveling northbound on Rand Road was struck by a southbound Mercedes that attempted to turn left immediately in front of the oncoming motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the passenger’s side of the car.

The motorcyclist was identified as Corey Hindes, 54.  He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m.

The driver of the Mercedes was identified as an 89-year-old man from Mount Prospect.  He was not injured during the collision.

An excerpt from the September 19, 2016 Daily Herald article (with remembrances) titled “Owner of Arlington Heights barber shop dies in crash,” referring to the driver of the Mercedes:

He later was ticketed cited for failing to yield turning left, and has a Nov. 1 court date in Rolling Meadows. Authorities have not yet publicly identified the man.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above, as well as the Arlington Cardinal article (with video) of September 19 titled “Motorcycle Crash Kills Man Near Walmart Entrance at Rand Rd and Winslowe Dr, Palatine Sunday.”

Fatal Forest View Motorcycle Accident

There was a fatal motorcycle accident early Sunday (September 18, 2016) morning in Forest View.  The motorcyclist who was fatally struck was an off-duty Chicago Police officer.

According to Forest View Police, the accident happened as the motorcyclist was stopped at a red light at Central Avenue, after the exit of the Stevenson Expressway.  As the light turned green, the motorcyclist drove into the intersection and was struck by a northbound vehicle that had “run” the red light.

The motorcyclist, identified as Chicago Police Officer Charles Barango, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Charges are pending against the driver who struck Barango.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 18, 2016 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Off-duty Chicago Police officer killed in crash” as well as the September 18 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Off-duty CPD officer killed in crash.”

10 Injured In Dan Ryan Accident

There was a multi-vehicle accident early Tuesday (September 6, 2016) morning on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94.)  Ten people were injured – some seriously injured – as a result of the crash.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened in the inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan, near 95th Street, at approximately 12:35 a.m.  At that time, three or four cars were involved in a crash.  According to at least one media account, the accident involved one car attempting to back up on the expressway.

Of the ten people injured in the crash – all who were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries – six were in serious-to-critical condition.  Two children were among those injured.

All inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan were closed until 4:30 a.m.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago expressway accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 6, 2016 abc7chicago.com article titled “10 hurt, including 2 children, in crash on Dan Ryan” as well as the September 6 NBC Chicago article titled “Children Among 10 Injured in 4-Vehicle Crash on Dan Ryan.”

Fatal “Street Racing” Accident In Morton Grove

There was a fatal car crash Friday night (August 26, 2016) in Morton Grove.  One woman was killed during the crash and another person was injured.  The crash is considered a “hit & run” accident as one car’s occupants fled the accident scene.

According to Morton Grove Police, the accident happened near the intersection of Golf Road and Ozanam Avenue.

Details regarding the accident appear to be somewhat limited at this time.

At 11:30 p.m., according to witness accounts, a black car traveling at a high rate of speed (approximately 100 miles per hour according to an August 28 Chicago Tribune article) that may have been “street racing” with another vehicle struck a SUV.  The SUV was heavily damaged as a result of the crash.

The occupants of the SUV included Denise Cavada, 49, of Chicago.  She was killed during the crash.  There was another person involved in the crash who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

The occupants of the black car fled the accident scene on foot.  Two passengers of that car were taken into custody.

An excerpt from the August 27, 2016 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Police Search For Driver After Deadly Hit-and-Run in North Suburban Morton Grove“:

Other residents said some drivers travel at high rates of speed at night along that particular stretch of road, making for potentially dangerous, and in the case of Friday’s crash, fatal situations.

Those with information regarding this fatal crash are asked to contact the Morton Grove Police Department at (847) 470-5200.

Additional details regarding this fatal collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above as well as the August 26 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Woman, 49, killed in Morton Grove hit-and-run crash.”

Woman Fatally Struck While Jogging On Chicago’s Northwest Side

There was a fatal accident Tuesday morning (August 23, 2016) in which a car struck a jogger along Devon Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened as the woman was jogging east in the westbound lanes on Devon Avenue in the 6300 block of West Devon Avenue, near Milwaukee Avenue.  While one car swerved to avoid striking the woman, the next car was unable to avoid hitting the woman.

The woman died after being taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article of August 23, 2016 titled “Jogger Dies After Being Struck By Car In Norwood Park, Officials Say” as well as the August 23 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Woman jogging fatally struck by vehicle on NW Side.”

Woman Fatally Struck Crossing Street On Chicago’s North Side

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Monday afternoon (August 22, 2016) on the Far North Side of Chicago.

Details regarding this fatal accident – especially its causes – appear limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m.  At that time, a pedestrian who was crossing Peterson at North Central Park Avenue was struck by a UPS driver who was making a right turn on red at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian, identified as a 78-year-old woman, was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  She later died.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources including the August 22, 2016 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Woman struck and killed by delivery truck on North Side” as well as the August 22 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman, 78, Fatally Struck By Delivery Truck.”

Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle In Chicago Ridge

A bicyclist was hit and critically injured by a vehicle Saturday night (August 20, 2016) in Chicago Ridge.

Details regarding this bicycle accident are limited in nature.  The accident happened sometime after 11:00 p.m. near 111th Street and Mayfield Avenue.

The bike’s rider was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.

One potential indication of the severity of the accident was that the bicycle was badly mangled during the crash.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 21, 2016 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Cyclist Hit, Injured in South Suburban Chicago Ridge” as well as the August 22 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “Car Strikes, Critically Injured Cyclist in Chicago Ridge:  Reports.”

Fatal Car Collision In Chicago’s Calumet Heights Neighborhood

There was a fatal car collision in Chicago’s Calumet Heights (South Side) neighborhood Thursday (August 18, 2016) night.

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m., as a 61-year-old man was driving southbound on Stony Island Avenue.  At that time, his car was hit by a car traveling east on 94th Street that “ran a stop sign.”

The 61-year-old man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The two men in the car that blew through the stop sign were also taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of their crash injuries.  They were listed in serious condition, according to Chicago Police.  They were said to be in their 30s.

This fatal Chicago crash is being investigated by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 19, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  1 killed, 2 injured in Calumet Heights crash” as well as the August 19 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 2 injured in South Side crash.”