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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.

Single-Car Crash In Evanston Injures Three Men

There was a single-car crash in Evanston on January 21, 2017 after which the driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI.)  The driver and two other passengers were injured in the crash.

According to Evanston Police, the accident happened just after 3:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Sheridan Road.

The driver was identified only as a 28-year-old man from Chicago.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article (with crash scene photo) of January 21, 2017, titled “Driver arrested after 3 injured in Evanston crash“:

The driver and two passengers — a 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old man — were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, police said. The driver was treated for broken bones and was in surgery Saturday. The 29-year-old suffered a broken femur.

The 28-year-old passenger was the most seriously injured and suffered brain bleeding, police said. All three men live in Chicago.

[note: on this site, head injuries are further discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)” page.]

As seen in the crash scene photo, the car seems to have collided “head-on” with a concrete support.

Additional details regarding this crash can be seen in various media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 21, 2017 Wilmette Patch article titled “Serious Crash Closes Sheridan Road in Evanston.”

Fatal SUV Crash On The Eisenhower Expressway

There was a fatal single-car crash early this morning (January 17, 2017) on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) on the West Side.  Two people died in the crash, and a third person was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.  A fourth man was critically injured.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 2:15 a.m.  For a reason currently unknown (accident reconstruction is being conducted) the driver of a Buick LaCrosse lost control of the vehicle while heading westbound.   The SUV left the expressway, drove up an embankment, and struck a utility pole in a frontal collision.

Two passengers were declared dead at the accident scene.  The were identified as Brittany Williams, 29, of Chicago; and Henry Brooks IV, 41, of Chicago.  A third occupant, Randy Ross, 42, of Chicago, was declared dead after being taken to Stroger Hospital.

The driver, identified as a 42-year-old man from Chicago, was ejected from the SUV during the crash.  He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, with injuries considered to be life-threatening in nature.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.

An excerpt from the January 17, 2017, Chicago Sun-Times article titled “3 dead, 1 seriously injured in Eisenhower crash“:

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 17 NBC Chicago article titled “3 Killed, 1 Critical in Single-Vehicle Crash on Eisenhower Expressway.”

Fatal Bicycle Accident In Chicago’s Humboldt Park

There was a fatal bicycle accident Wednesday night (January 11, 2017) in Humboldt Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

Details on the accident are limited at this time.  The cause and the fault of the accident do not appear to be be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 10:38 p.m., as a man riding a bicycle west on Division was struck by a Chevrolet Cruze that was northbound on Sacramento.

The bicyclist was taken to Stroger Hospital, and was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Cruze, a 36-year-old man, was not injured.

At this time no citations have been issued with regard to the fatal collision.

The crash is being investigated by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 12, 2017 dnainfo.com article titled “Bicyclist Dies After Getting Hit By Car in Humboldt Park” as well as the January 12 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  Bicyclist Fatally Struck By Car In Humboldt Park.”

Fatal Car Crash On The Edens Expressway

There was a fatal car accident Wednesday afternoon (January 11, 2017) on the Edens Expressway close to Willow Road near Glenview.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened on the inbound Edens Expressway (I-94) at approximately 12:15 p.m., just south of Willow Road.

At that time, the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe attempted to make a lane change, and in doing so swerved to avoid another vehicle.  The driver then lost control of the vehicle, and the SUV left the roadway at which time the vehicle hit a tree, fence, and light pole.

The driver, identified as Amy Keel, 33, of Waukegan, was taken to Evanston Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

At the time of the accident, a seat belt was worn and the roadway was said to be dry.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 11, 2017, titled “Police:  Driver of stolen vehicle dies in crash on Edens“:

The Tahoe was reported stolen out of Waukegan, police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 11 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman, 33, dies after Edens wreck in Glenview.”

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Oak Lawn

There was a fatal Cook County pedestrian accident Monday night (January 9, 2017) in Oak Lawn.

Details on the accident appear to be limited at this time.  The accident remains under investigation.

An excerpt from the January 10, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “59-year-old man fatally struck by vehicle in Oak Lawn“:

Kevin Mullen was crossing 95th Street at Cook Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle in the westbound curb lane at 7:37 p.m., according to Oak Lawn police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Mullen, 59, of Oak Lawn was taken to Christ Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 10, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “59-year-old man fatally struck by vehicle in Oak Lawn” as well as the January 10 Oak Lawn Patch article titled “59-Year-Old Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Vehicle in Oak Lawn.”

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Fatal Chicago Pedestrian Accident

In the December 23, 2016 post (“Woman Fatally Struck While Walking In Crosswalk“) a fatal pedestrian accident that happened in Chicago was summarized.  The accident involved a woman (Telesfora Escamilla, 84, of Chicago) being fatally struck by a delivery truck with an Amazon logo.  One notable aspect of the accident was that it occurred as Telesfora Escamilla was walking in a crosswalk.

Recently, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding the fatal accident.  Among the defendants listed is Amazon.com and the truck’s driver, Valdimar C. Gray, 29, of Chicago.

The lawsuit is discussed in a number of media sources.  An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 4, 2017, titled “Son of elderly woman fatally struck by delivery truck sues Amazon“:

Gray was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving an uninsured vehicle, and ticketed for failure to obey a stop sign, failure to yield to a pedestrian in an intersection and failure to carry a driver’s license, police said.

He had been making deliveries for Amazon as an employee of Inpax Shipping Solutions, which is listed as another defendant in the wrongful death suit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Cook County Circuit Court wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 4 CBS Chicago article titled “Son Of Elderly Woman Fatally Hit By Delivery Truck Sues Amazon.”

“Wrong-Way Driver” Fatal Crash In Downtown Chicago

Accidents which occur while drivers are driving in the wrong direction continue to cause serious – and in many cases – fatal injuries.  In most instances these “wrong-way driver” crashes happen when the driver is intoxicated.  On this site, such crashes are summarized in the “Wrong-Way Driver Accidents” category.

There was a fatal accident early Monday morning (January 2, 2016) in Chicago’s Loop.  The accident involved a driver heading in the wrong direction in the 100 block of South Wells.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited.  According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at 12:05 a.m., as a 15-year-old girl (identified as Hailee Melendez, of Chicago) was driving a Nissan Pathfinder.  The accident happened as the Pathfinder struck a steel beam that supports a CTA platform.

The crash was a “pin-in” crash.  The girl was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

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

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 2, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article (with crash scene photo) titled “Police:  15-year-old girl killed in Loop crash” as well as the January 2 abc7chicago.com article (with crash scene photo) titled “Police:  Girl, 15, killed in wrong-way Loop crash.”

Recent Chicago Pedestrian Hit & Run Accidents

There have been at least two notable recent hit & run accidents in Chicago, with one leading to the death of the pedestrian.

Details on both of the accidents appear limited at this time.

The first accident happened early Friday morning (December 30, 2016) at around 3:00 a.m.  The woman was struck as she attempted to cross the street near North Dearborn and West Elm Street.  Chicago Police say the woman was stuck by a red Mercedes that was heading northbound on Dearborn at the time of the pedestrian crash.  The driver did not stop after the accident.  The woman struck was taken to Northwestern Hospital for treatment of accident injuries, which are believed to include either a leg or ankle injury.

The second accident happened in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood on Monday morning (January 2, 2017) at 6:15 a.m.  The collision occurred in the 5300 block of West Chicago Avenue.  The woman, who has not yet been publicly identified,  was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, and was in serious to critical condition.  She later died.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these two Chicago hit & run pedestrian accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 30, 2016 abc7chicago.com article titled “Woman struck by hit-and-run driver in Gold Coast” as well as the January 2, 2017 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman killed in South Austin hit-and-run crash.”

Driver Injured During Crash In Arlington Heights

There was a one-car accident early Wednesday (December 28, 2016) morning in Arlington Heights.

According to preliminary accident investigation information provided by the Arlington Heights Police Department, the crash occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m., near the intersection of Central Road and Dwyer Avenue.  The crash involved a car first struck a light pole, then collided with a brick sign outside of a retirement community.

There appears to be no reason yet given for the cause of the crash.

The driver of the car was taken to Northwest Community Hospital for treatment of accident injuries.

Additional details regarding this Cook County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 28, 2016 Arlington Heights Post article titled “Driver hurt in one-car accident in Arlington Heights” as well as the December 28 Daily Herald article titled “Driver in critical condition after Arlington Heights crash.”

Driver In Serious Condition Following Lake Shore Drive Rollover Accident

There was a rollover accident Tuesday morning (December 27, 2016) on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.

Details on the accident are limited at this time.  The cause of the rollover does not appear to be publicly disclosed.  [As discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page, rollover accidents can happen for many reasons, but they occur under a common set of circumstances.]

The accident happened as the car was northbound on Lake Shore Drive on the South Side.  The car rolled over onto its side on the median near 31st Street.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the 30-year-old driver was seriously injured during the accident, and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

Additional details regarding this Chicago rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 27, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man seriously injured in Lake Shore Drive rollover crash” as well as the December 27 abc7chicago.com article (with accident scene photo) titled “Man seriously injured in Lake Shore Drive rollover crash.”