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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14 Passengers Sent To Hospitals After O’Hare Shuttle Bus Crash

There was a shuttle bus collision on the Interstate 190 (I-190) entrance to O’Hare International Airport this morning (August 29, 2014).  Fourteen people on the shuttle were taken to hospitals.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the collision happened just before 6:30 a.m., and involved a privately-owned shuttle bus that for an unknown reason collided head-on with a concrete median that separated lanes leading to arrivals and departures.

The bus sustained severe damage due to the impact of the collision.  It is unknown at this time how fast the bus was traveling at the time of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 29, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Firefighter describes scene at O’Hare shuttle bus crash” as well as the August 29 CBS Chicago article titled “Shuttle Bus Crashes On I-190 Entrance At O’Hare.”

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Lake Shore Drive Fatal Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident early this morning (August 24, 2014) on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.

According to Chicago Police, this motorcycle accident happened in in the 1700 block of North Lake Shore Drive, which is in Lincoln Park, in the southbound lanes.  At approximately 2:55 a.m., a motorcycle, said to be traveling at a “high rate of speed,” crashed and the motorcycle struck a median.

The motorcyclist, a 48-year-old male, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.

There was a also a female passenger, said to be 52 years old, who was taken to Northwestern Memorial.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago motorcycle accident can be seen in the August 24, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Police:  Motorcyclist killed in Lake Shore Drive crash” as well as the August 24 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  Motorcyclist Killed In Lake Shore Drive Crash.”

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Multi-Vehicle Accident On The Tri-State Tollway

There was a Cook County multi-vehicle accident on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) near Blue Island, Illinois Wednesday night, August 20, 2014.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 10:51 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 294 near Kedzie.  A Toyota Camry hit some construction equipment on the side of the road, and the driver was ejected.  Then, a semi slowed to avoid hitting the man, but despite the efforts struck the man.  This semi was rear-ended by another semi truck.

The driver of the Camry was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with serious injuries.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 21, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “2 hurt in crash that shut down Tri-State overnight” as well as the August 21 CBS Chicago article titled “Driver Ejected From Car, Struck By Semi In Tri-State Crash.”

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Fatal Car Accident In Berwyn, Illinois

There was a fatal Cook County car rollover accident early Wednesday morning (August 20, 2014) in Berwyn.

First responders were alerted to the accident at approximately 2:45 a.m.  The crash involved a car that was traveling north on Harlem Avenue, when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to hit several objects – including a light pole – and then roll over at 15th Street and Harlem Avenue.

Inside the car at the time of the accident was a driver and passenger.  Whereas the passenger was able to get out of the vehicle, the driver had to be extricated.

The driver was then taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The passenger was also taken to an area hospital.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 20, 2014 NBC Chicago article titled “Driver Killed in Berwyn Rollover Crash” as well as the August 20 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “One dead, one injured after rollover crash on Harlem.”

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Fatal Bicycle Accident Near Midway Airport

There was a fatal Chicago bicycling accident early Sunday morning (August 17, 2014) near Midway Airport.

According to Chicago Police, the bicyclist was riding east on 55th Street when a car turned left onto Central Avenue about 12:45 a.m., striking the bicyclist.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the bicyclist was identified as Gary Reyes, 44, of Park Forest. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead.

According to Chicago Police, the driver of the car, identified as Elizabeth Lara-Salas, 37, of Chicago, was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The Chicago Police Major Accident Investigations Unit is investigating the collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County bicycling accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 18, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Crash in Garfield Ridge kills bicyclist” as well as the August 17 dnainfo.com article titled “Cyclist Fatally Struck by Car in Garfield Ridge.”

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Fatal July 2014 I-80 Vehicle Accident

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding a fatal July 11, 2014 fatal vehicle accident that happened on Interstate 80 (I-80) near Hazel Crest, Illinois.

This accident was summarized in the July 11, 2014 post titled “Fatal Interstate 80 (I-80) Chain-Reaction Crash In Hazel Crest, Illinois.”

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the daughter of the man, Walter Blockmon III, who was killed in the accident.  The accident involved Blockmon’s vehicle getting “rear-ended” by a Toyota SUV.

The lawsuit makes a variety of claims, including that the driver was acting negligently at the time of the accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit is discussed Chicago Sun-Times Voices article of August 14, 2014, titled “Daughter of Chicago man who died in I-80 crash files lawsuit.”

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Humboldt Park Crash Injures Woman And Her Infant Son

There was a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning (August 12, 2014) in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood that injured two people, including an infant.

According to Chicago Police, a woman was driving a minivan northbound in the 500 block of North Pulaski Road at approximately 1:30 a.m., when the minivan hit a utility pole.

The woman, identified as Angela Mingo, 26, of Chicago, was injured and taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in stable condition.  As well, her 5-month-old infant son was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and was also taken to Stroger in critical condition.

There were two other passengers in the minivan who were not hurt.

The crash is under investigation by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

An excerpt from the August 12, 2014 NBC Chicago article titled “Infant Tossed From Vehicle in Humboldt Park Crash” :

Mingo, of the 5000 block of West Ferdinand, was cited for failure to stay in her lane, operating a motor vehicle with no insurance, no child safety restraint, and no valid driver’s license, according to police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago article mentioned above as well as the August 12 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Woman cited after infant son ejected from minivan during crash.”

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I-90 Semi Truck Accident Injures Driver

There was a Cook County truck accident on Interstate 90 (I-90) early Tuesday (August 12, 2014) morning which injured the truck driver.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) this truck accident involved only the truck (i.e. was a single-vehicle accident) and happened at approximately 3:45 a.m. on I-90 at Addison Street.

At that time the truck “jackknifed.”

The truck driver was taken to a hospital with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 12, 2014 Sun-Times Voices article titled “Lanes reopened after semi jackknifes on I-90” as well as the NBC Chicago article of August 12 titled “Jackknifed Semi Spills Fuel, Blocks Interstate Traffic.”

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Vehicle Accident On I-57 In Matteson, Illinois

There was a vehicle accident early this morning on Interstate 57 (I-57) near Matteson, Illinois.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this accident involved two vehicles, a car and a van, that collided at approximately 2:15 a.m.  The accident happened on southbound I-55 at Route 30.

Seven people were injured in this vehicle accident, including six people in the van and one in the car.

A woman was ejected from the van during the accident.  She was taken to Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, and was in critical condition.  Her five children were also taken to this same hospital.

The driver of the car, a 22-year-old, was also taken to Franciscan St. James Hospital in critical condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 12, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Mom, 5 kids hurt in I-57 crash near Matteson” as well as the August 12 NBC Chicago article titled “Seven Injured in I-57 Crash.”

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Fatal Chicago Metra Train Accident

There was a fatal train accident involving a Metra train that struck two pedestrians late Thursday afternoon (August 7, 2014).

According to officials, the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. on the elevated tracks near West 21st Street and South Homan Avenue.  At that time two pedestrians were fatally struck on an elevated portion of the railroad tracks by an inbound Metra train.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office, the two people fatally struck Berry W. Huddleston, 57; and Margaret N. Huddleston 54.  The two were brother and sister.

At this time this fatal train accident remains under investigation and there are many questions regarding the accident and its causes.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 8, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Voices article titled “Autopsy:  Deaths of Pedestrians struck by BNSF train an accident” as well as the Chicago Tribune article of August 8 titled “Family:  Woman may have gone to help brother when both hit by train.”

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