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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Girl Struck By SUV in Chicago’s Austin Neighborhood

A SUV struck a 14-year-old girl in a restaurant parking lot Saturday afternoon in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the girl was tying her shoelaces at the time of the accident, and was struck as the SUV was turning into the parking lot, which is located in the 4800 block of West Jackson.

The girl was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, and her accident injuries include a head injury.

An excerpt from the December 14, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Girl, 14, struck by SUV in Austin“:

The driver, a 45-year-old man from Elgin, was cited for not exercising due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian, police said.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

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Three-Vehicle Crash On Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

There was a three-car crash early this morning (December 12, 2014) on Lake Shore Drive that involved a Chicago Police car.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 2:55 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Lake Shore Drive.  At that time, two vehicles, traveling northbound, “spun” out of control, and a Chicago Police car that was pulled over on the side of the road was hit.

One police officer who was inside the police car at the time of the crash was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of accident injuries, which were considered non-life-threatening.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 12, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Officer hurt in three-car crash on North Side” as well as the December 12 CBS Chicago article titled “Police Officer Hurt In Lake Shore Drive Crash.”

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Woman Fatally Struck By SUV In Skokie, Illinois

There was a fatal pedestrian accident Thursday evening (December 11, 2014) in Skokie, Illinois.

Details on this fatal Cook County accident – especially its causes – appear very limited at this time.

According to the Chicago Tribune article of December 11, 2014, titled “Woman struck by SUV dies in Skokie” the accident happened Thursday evening at approximately 5:53 p.m. in the 5500 block of Touhy Avenue.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above as well as the December 11 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Fatally Struck By Vehicle In Skokie.”

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Car Rollover Accident On The Eisenhower Expressway

There was a car rollover accident early Wednesday (December 10, 2014) on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) in Bellwood.

Details regarding the reasons for this rollover crash appear limited at this time.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this crash happened at approximately 12:50 a.m.

Four people were injured in this crash, and were taken to the Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of accident injuries.

Additional details regarding this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 10, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article (with picture) titled “Four injured in rollover crash on Eisenhower Expressway in Bellwood” as well as the December 10 CBS Chicago article titled “Four Hurt In Rollover In Bellwood.”

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Fatal “Head-On” Collision In Chicago’s Humboldt Park Neighborhood

There was a fatal “head-on collision” Sunday morning (December 7, 2014) in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.  A 63-year-old woman died following the car crash.

Details regarding this “head-on collision” appear limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 7:50 a.m., as the 63-year-old woman was driving her car eastbound in the 2700 block of West Division.  At that time, her car was hit “head-on” – for reasons currently unknown – by another car heading westbound.

The woman, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Bessie English, 63, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at 9:22 a.m., after being taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.  It is being reported that she may have suffered a heart attack during the crash.

The two occupants of the car that hit Bessie English’s car fled the accident scene on foot.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County crash can be seen in the December 7, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman, 63, killed after West Side car crash” as well as the December 8 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Dies After Head-On Crash In Humboldt Park.”

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Fatal Collision In Chicago’s Bucktown Neighborhood

There was a fatal car accident in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood early this morning (December 7, 2014.)  One man died and three people suffered accident injuries stemming from this crash.

Details on the accident – especially the cause of this crash – appear limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 3:30 a.m., when a 40-year old man driving a SUV first sideswiped a vehicle, and then drove two blocks west, at which point the SUV hit a parked car and tree.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Chicago crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 7, 2014 NBC Chicago article titled “1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Bucktown Crash” as well as the December 7 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  One Dead, 3 Hurt Bucktown Crash.”

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Fatal Car Crash On Chicago’s Far South Side

There was a fatal Chicago car accident early Thursday morning (December 4, 2014) on Chicago’s Far South Side.

Details on the accident – and especially the causes of this fatal crash – appear limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 2:05 a.m. in the 11900 block of South Avenue O.

The accident involved a female driver who was driving a Dodge Neon.  She crashed into a fence, at which point her car flipped over and a photo indicates the car landed on its roof.

The woman was declared dead at the accident scene.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 4, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Fatal crash kills 1 on Far South Side” as well as the December 4 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  One killed in Far South Side crash.”

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Driver Injured During I-57 Rollover Accident

There was a rollover car accident early Monday morning (December 1, 2014) on Interstate 57 (I-57) on Chicago’s South Side.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes near 107th Street.  This rollover happened after the driver lost control of the car, which landed on its side.

The driver was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of accident injuries.  The injuries were described as minor injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 1, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Driver injured in rollover crash on I-57” as well as the December 1, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Driver Injured In Rollover Crash On I-57.”

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“Wrong-Way Driver” Collision On Kennedy Injures Three People

There was a Chicago “wrong-way driver” accident early this morning (November 24, 2014) on the Kennedy Expressway.

Details concerning this “wrong-way” driver crash appear somewhat limited at this time.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 2:05 a.m. on the West Ohio Street entrance ramp onto the southbound Kennedy.

Two cars were involved in the collision.  Three people were injured and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening.

Additional details regarding this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 24, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “3 people hurt in wrong-way crash on I-90” as well as the November 24 CBS Chicago article titled “Three Hurt In Wrong Way Crash On Kennedy Expressway.”

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Chicago Area Crashes Involving Stolen Vehicles

As discussed on the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, there have been many reasons for Cook County and other Chicago-area crashes.  One of the reasons listed is “Police car chases,” as discussed in the following:

Police pursuits can contribute to car collisions and vehicle collisions, as the car being pursued is often traveling at unsafe speeds (and perhaps in other reckless manners) in order to elude pursuit.  There have been many instances in the Chicago area where a police pursuit ends in a car collision.

Of course, there are many other instances of crashes not including a police chase, but does include speeding stolen vehicles.  Often, this results in erratic and reckless driving that produces a hazard both to those who are trying to evade police as well as to other drivers.

The overall topic is of particular concern, as recently there have been a number of crashes involving police chases and otherwise stolen, speeding vehicles.  Many of these crashes caused accident injuries.

A few of the most recent incidents include:

Other previous crashes of this nature can be seen in this website.

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