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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Fatal Traffic Collision On The Dan Ryan Expressway

There was a fatal Chicago traffic accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Monday afternoon, September 29, 2014.  According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened in the southbound lanes at 43rd Street.

According to the preliminary investigation, this fatal multi-vehicle accident happened at about 1:00 p.m., after a Pontiac Grand Am broke down and was in the far left shoulder, sticking out into the far left lane.  At that point, a passing motorist tried to avoid hitting the vehicle, but struck it.

A “chain-reaction” accident followed, in which two other vehicles were involved.

The driver of the Grand Am, identified as Reginald Hudson, 58, of Calumet City, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Others also injured in the crash were taken to hospitals.

As a result of the accident, the far left lanes of the Dan Ryan were closed near the accident scene.  All Dan Ryan lanes were reopened by 5:10 p.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago traffic accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 29, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “State police:  Motorist cited after fatal 4-vehicle crash on Ryan” as well as the September 29 abc7chicago.com article titled “1 killed in Dan Ryan crash at 43rd, all lanes re-opened.”

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Des Plaines

There was a fatal Cook County motorcycle accident Monday afternoon (September 22, 2014) in Des Plaines, Illinois.

According to Des Plaines Police, the motorcycle accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m., in the 1600 block of East Golf Road.

The collision happened as a motorcyclist was heading north on Oakton Community College Drive, and for a reason currently unknown lost control of the bike and entered the southbound lanes, thereby colliding with a southbound car.

The motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of injuries, but was pronounced dead at 2:38 p.m.

The motorcyclist was identified as Arkadiusz Krzemien, 23, of Niles.

The driver of the car refused medical treatment.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 22, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorcyclist killed in accident in Des Plaines” as well as the September 22 Daily Herald article titled “Niles man killed in motorcycle crash by Oakton College.”

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Woman Dies After Being Hit By Cab In Chicago

A woman that was struck by a taxicab in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood has died from her injuries.

The accident happened on August 30, 2014, as the woman was struck by a northbound cab on North LaSalle Street shortly after 2:00 a.m.  This fatal pedestrian accident happened in the 1400 block of North LaSalle Street.

According to witnesses to the accident, the woman ran out into traffic before she was hit by the cab.

The woman was identified as Emily Fredbloom, 26, of Lansing.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, she died Friday at 4:19 p.m.

An excerpt from the September 21, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Suburban woman dies weeks after being struck by cab in Old Town“:

The 51-year-old cab driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and not exercising dut care with a pedestrian in the walkway.

The accident remains under investigation.

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, as well as the September 21 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Dies Three Weeks After Being Hit By Cab.”

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Six-Vehicle Crash On The Dan Ryan Expressway

There was a six-vehicle accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway Wednesday evening (September 17, 2014) on Chicago’s South Side.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. in the outbound lanes near Garfield Blvd.

It is currently unknown as to how many people, if any, were injured during this multi-vehicle accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 17, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Six vehicles involved in Dan Ryan crash” as well as the September 17, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Six vehicles involved in Dan Ryan crash.”

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Wheeling Pedestrian Accident

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed with regard to a fatal pedestrian accident that happened Sunday (September 14, 2014) in Wheeling, Illinois.

This lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the family of accident victim Fredi Morales, 20, of Des Plaines, and names the Village of Wheeling as the defendant.

The underlying fatal pedestrian accident happened on approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, and was summarized in the September 14 post titled “Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Wheeling.”  While details regarding the accident and its causes remain limited, the accident involved an on-duty Wheeling Police SUV striking a pedestrian as the SUV was attempting to make a traffic stop. The Wheeling Police Officer driving the SUV had not activated the SUV’s sirens, emergency lights or otherwise honked the horn prior to striking Morales.

Among other claims in the wrongful death lawsuit are claims that the SUV was traveling at “an unreasonably high rate of speed” and that the police officer was negligent for failing to activate the horn, siren and police lights in the period before striking Morales.

An autopsy that was performed Monday (September 15) by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that Morales died of multiple injuries suffered when he was struck by the SUV, and ruled his death an accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 16, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Family files suit after Wheeling police SUV strikes, kills pedestrian” as well as the September 16 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Lawsuit filed over man fatally struck by Wheeling police SUV.”

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Wheeling, Illinois

There was a fatal Cook County pedestrian accident early this morning (September 14, 2014) in Wheeling.  This accident involved a Wheeling Police vehicle striking a pedestrian.

Details regarding the cause of this accident have yet to be released.

The accident happened at approximately 5:42 a.m. on McHenry Road, to the west of McHenry Road and Cedar Run Drive.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the male victim was declared dead at the accident scene.  The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Fredi Morales, 20, of Des Plaines.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 14, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Pedestrian dies after being hit by Wheeling officer’s vehicle” as well as the September 14 CBS Chicago article titled “Wheeling Police Officer’s Vehicle Fatally Strikes Pedestrian.”

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Chicago’s South Side

There was a fatal Cook County motorcycle accident on September 12, 2014 in the Canaryville neighborhood (Chicago’s South Side.)

According to Chicago Police, the motorcyclist lost control of the bike and crashed.  The accident happened in the 4300 block of South Wallace Street at approximately 1:00 a.m.

The motorcyclist was identified as Michael May, 43, of Chicago.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources including the September 12, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Man killed in Canaryville crash” as well as the September 12, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Two dead in overnight wrecks in Chicago.”

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Fatal Collision In Chicago’s West Englewood Neighborhood

There was a fatal car collision early Friday morning (September 12, 2014) in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, this accident happened at approximately 12:35 a.m., as a 23-year-old man driving a silver van south on Damen, near 69th Street, ran a red light.  In doing so, it struck an SUV that was traveling westbound on 69th Street.  Subsequent to coming to a stop, the van then collided with a pole.

The driver of the van was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

The driver of the SUV was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital and was in stable condition.

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

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago traffic collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 12, 2014 NBC Chicago article titled “Man Killed In West Englewood Crash” as well as the September 12 Chicago Tribune article titled “Two dead in overnight wrecks in Chicago.”

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Fatal Car Rollover Accident On The Dan Ryan Expressway

There was a fatal car accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 94) on Sunday night, September 7, 2014.  This accident was a rollover accident.

According to the Illinois State Police, this traffic collision involved two vehicles, a Jeep Wrangler and BMW SUV, in the Dan Ryan’s northbound lanes at 87th Street.

Following the collision, the Jeep went up an embankment and rolled over twice.

A woman, identified as the Jeep’s driver and sole occupant, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition for treatment of her injuries, but she died.

The BMW’s driver only suffered minor injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 7, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Dan Ryan accident victim dies” as well as the September 7 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Police:  One killed in crash on Dan Ryan.”

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Tri-State Tollway Accident Injures Illinois State Trooper

There was a Cook County accident on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Saturday (September 6, 2014) in which a car struck an Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper near Berkeley, Illinois.

This accident happened at approximately 2:46 p.m., on northbound I-294.  According to the ISP, the state trooper was involved in a traffic stop when he was hit by a passing vehicle.

The vehicle continued driving, but hit another car, occupied by seven family members.  This car rolled over and all seven occupants were injured and taken to hospitals.

The Illinois State Police trooper, identified as Michael Cokins, was injured and taken to a local hospital and said to be in critical condition, but expected to survive.  According to prosecutors, his injuries from this accident included fractures to his vertebrae, ribs, arms, legs, and both knees.

The woman who drove the car that hit both the state trooper and car carrying seven family members was identified as Leslie W. Thurow, 59, of Mt. Prospect.  An excerpt from the September 7, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “No bail for woman charged with DUI in crash that injured trooper“:

Thurow now faces felony charges of aggravated DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident. She also was charged with driving on a revoked license.

Court records show that she was previously charged with separate DUIs in 2014 and 2008. In the 2014 DUI case, she was sentenced to probation last week.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times Voices article mentioned above, as well as the September 7, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman faces DUI charges in accident that injured trooper on Tri-State.”

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