$209,000 Injury Lawsuit Settlement In Motorcycle Accident

An injury lawsuit settlement of $209,000 was attained by the Elman Joseph Law Group. This $209,000 injury lawsuit settlement pertained to a motorcycle accident injury case. The plaintiff was Javier Cotto and the defendant was Joan Eklund. [Name of case; Javier Cotto vs. Joan Eklund, 19 L 51 (Will County, IL); Name of (lead) lawyer: Anthony R. Elman with co-counsel attorneys, Lerner and Rowe]

The underlying motorcycle accident occurred in Crest Hill, Illinois on December 16, 2017. On that day, a motorcyclist, Javier Cotto, 34, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle eastbound along Theodore Street. At the intersection of Theodore Street and Rock Run Drive, Cotto alleges that a westbound Toyota Camry driven by Joan Eklund was attempting to make a left-hand turn and failed to yield the right-of-way, and the Camry collided with Cotto’s motorcycle. This type of motorcycle accident, in which a vehicle making a left-hand turn hits a motorcycle, is a common cause of Cook County motorcycle accidents. These collisions are often highly physically traumatic to the motorcyclist, and in many cases cause serious accident injuries. Some of these injuries lead to fatalities.

Joan Eklund filed many affirmative defenses against Javier Cotto, alleging that he failed to keep a proper lookout; failed to keep his motorcycle in proper lane of travel; operated his motorcycle too fast for conditions; failed to yield the right of way to defendant’s vehicle; disobeyed a traffic signal; failed to activate the horn; and failed to avoid impact.

Like many motorcyclists who are injured during accidents, Cotto suffered many injuries during the collision. These injuries included those to the neck, back, and leg. His medical treatment included being taken to the hospital and being treated in the emergency room (ER), epidural injections, and chiropractic sessions.

Joan Eklund’s insurance company, Farmer’s Insurance, offered $100,000 at or near the time the lawsuit was filed.

The injury lawsuit settlement discussed above is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing an accident injury case to a successful conclusion. Over the last 25+ years, the firm has won many high settlements and jury trial awards. This success has involved a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Among the awards received by the Elman Joseph Law Group is that Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been named an “ Illinois Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, a distinction granted to no more than the Top 5% of lawyers. Furthermore, Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, received a lifetime achievement award by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter testifying to his very extensive court trial experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

Jury Trials Recognition Awarded To Anthony Elman

Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, recently received a lifetime achievement award testifying to his jury trials leadership experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

On October 24, 2019 more than 300 trial attorneys and Illinois judges attended the annual Trial Lawyer Excellence Award event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This event is hosted by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Media.  The event recognizes the state’s top civil litigation attorneys.

An excerpt from the 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award page:

Fifty-four professionals from both sides of the trial bar received individual Trial Lawyer Excellence awards in one of seventeen 2019 categories.

At this Trial Lawyer Excellence Award Event, Anthony Elman received the special Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter historical recognition for “the most reported jury trials as a plaintiff attorney” during the last 30 years.  This award, as well as other awards, verdicts and settlements, indicates the level of experience and proven results that the Elman Law Group has achieved in Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

This level of jury trials performance has proven valuable to Elman Law Group clients.  Many clients have received substantially more money for their injuries after the Elman Law Group took their lawsuits to court after settlement offers proved inadequate.

Anthony Elman has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various criteria encompassing lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

Elman Law Group has been handling Cook County personal injury cases for over 25 years, as well as those throughout Illinois.  During this 25+ year period, the Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  This breadth of experience and success in jury trials provides valuable insights in determining the course of action that will lead to the optimal resolution of a personal injury or wrongful death case.

Additional information concerning the Elman Law Group, including notable settlements and court verdicts, can be seen on the “Personal Injury Lawsuit Results And Litigation Capabilities” page.

Rear-End Collision Injury Lawsuit Settlement Of $350,000

A rear-end collision can lead to a variety of accident injuries. A common injury is “whiplash,” which is further discussed on the “Whiplash” page.

The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has recently settled a lawsuit that involved a vehicle getting “rear-ended” on an expressway. The case settled in October 2019. The case involved a woman who was “rear-ended” by an ambulance while driving on an expressway.

Frederick Joseph III, a partner and winning personal injury trial lawyer at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, settled this motor vehicle injury case for $350,000.

The $350,000 settlement was achieved by the Elman Joseph Law Group after the final settlement offer by the ambulance company was only $6,000.

The rear-end collision happened when the plaintiff, Michalia Agins, 22 years old, was driving back home to Chicago after visiting her parents. When traffic slowed down on the expressway (eastbound I-90), Ms. Agins was “rear-ended” by an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a medical patient from one hospital to another. The ambulance had no lights or sirens activated at the time of the accident.

Ms. Agins started feeling pain immediately in her neck, back, and her shoulder (the same shoulder she previously had surgery on to repair a sports injury). Thankfully, she was able to drive her vehicle home from the scene but as the pain got worse, Michalia sought medical treatment. She underwent months of physical therapy; however, doctors advised Michalia that she was going to need surgery on her shoulder to repair a torn tendon from the collision. The recovery process was long and painful, and Michalia was forced to quit her job as a hair stylist.

Illinois has very strict legal protections for ambulance companies, both public and private. The laws in Illinois can make it very difficult to get a substantial recovery against an ambulance company. Superior Ambulance initially refused to offer anything to settle the case. Before the case was transferred to The Elman Joseph Law Group, the final offer to settle was only $6,000.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC immediately filed suit and began the discovery process. A dashcam video inside the ambulance showed that the driver (who was on a 24 hour shift) was falling asleep at the wheel. Before the impact, his eyes were shut for at least three seconds on the highway. As the investigation continued, Anthony R. Elman and Frederick Joseph put together a strong case for Ms. Agins and prepared for trial. Before trial, Frederick Joseph negotiated a settlement with the defendants in the amount of $350,000.

This rear-end collision injury settlement is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing a challenging case to a successful conclusion. The trial lawyers at the firm have many high settlements and jury trial awards over the course of the last 25+ years. The trial lawyers at Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC have achieved this success across a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases. Some of these notable settlements and jury trial awards are further discussed on the “Personal Injury Lawsuit Results And Litigation Capabilities” page.

Cook County Pedestrian Crashes And The Need For Injury Compensation

As seen in Cook County pedestrian crashes summarized on this site, pedestrian crashes can lead to a range of serious accident injuries. These injuries can vary both in type and severity. Many such injuries are serious enough to be life-threatening in nature. Some lead to the death of the pedestrian, either at the accident scene or at some time afterward. For those Cook County pedestrian crashes that are not fatal, extensive medical treatment, including hospitalization, is often required.

For those that have been hit by a vehicle, the injuries can present many challenges. In addition to the trauma of being injured in an accident and the associated medical issues presented, there can be substantial costs that accompany the injury. The medical bills and other financial issues that often occur can place financial pressures on those hurt during an accident.

The Elman Law Group has handled many lawsuits concerning Cook County pedestrian crashes as well as other vehicle accident injuries. It recently settled a Chicago pedestrian crash lawsuit for $775,000.

The case involved an 80-year-old woman, Georgina Melendez, who was struck by a vehicle on March 11, 2017.  The accident occurred at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Ashland and Leland.

According to the police report, the defendant and two witnesses both indicated that at the time of the accident the intersection was dark, and the plaintiff was wearing dark, non-contrasting clothing.

Claimed harm to Georgina Melendez included a dislocated left knee with a post-operative blood clot.  Specifically, the knee injury was an acute complete ACL rupture, with associated slight anterior translation of the proximal tibia relative to the distal femur.

After the operation, the orthopedic surgeon indicated that Georgina Melendez made a nearly full and complete recovery.

Medical bills related to the initial knee surgery were approximately $220,000.

The defendant was insured by State Farm Insurance.

Elman Law Group has achieved notable settlements and jury verdicts across a range of personal injury cases.  Over the last 25+ years, Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this time, Elman Law Group has established a reputation for its court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, the Elman Law Group’s ability to win court cases has often resulted in significantly higher monetary awards for its clients. Some of the more notable awards and accomplishments are highlighted in the “Personal Injury Lawsuit Results And Litigation Capabilities” page.

Anthony Elman, the Lead Trial Attorney for the Elman Law Group, has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various factors including lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

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.

I-355 Motorcycle Crash Leads To Fatal Accident Injuries

An I-355 motorcycle crash led to a motorcyclist suffering fatal accident injuries. This I-355 motorcycle crash occurred Sunday (June 21, 2020) afternoon. This crash occurred in Lemont.

The motorcyclist was identified as Beau Carbonneau, 44, who was riding a Can-Am motorcycle.

The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 25, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dies of complications days after motorcycle crash on I-355.”

An excerpt:

He was riding a black Can AM motorcycle about 2:28 p.m. Sunday in the right lane of I-355 when he tried to change lanes and struck the front end of a white Ford pickup, Illinois State Police said. He lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Carbonneau died from his accident injuries at Loyola Medical Center at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday (June 23, 2020.)

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-355 motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Many Cook County motorcycle crashes involve the motorcyclist being ejected from the motorcycle. This aspect of motorcycle accidents is further discussed on the “Motorcycle Crashes Involving Motorcyclist Ejections” page.

On that page, various Chicago-area motorcycle accidents involving ejections are mentioned. Among the locations in which these accidents have occurred include:

  • Hanover Park
  • Wadsworth
  • Mattoon
  • Jersey County
  • Peoria
  • Streamwood
  • Libertyville
  • Geneva

Ejections can occur in many different types of motorcycle accidents. Many of these accidents types can be avoided. How to prevent an accident that would lead to an ejection is discussed.

Of course, some crashes leading to ejections can’t be avoided. In these instances, wearing a motorcycle helmet as well as taking other safety measures can serve to lessen the severity of any accident injuries that might occur.

Additional discussion regarding motorcycle ejections and related health and legal issues can be found on the “ejections” page mentioned above.

Back Of The Yards Crash On South Racine Avenue Involving Motorcycle

There was a Back of the Yards crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. This fatal Back of the Yards crash occurred on Monday (June 8, 2020) morning.

This fatal motorcycle accident on the South Side of Chicago is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the June 10, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed in Back of the Yards crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

The 45-year-old was southbound on a Honda motorcycle about 9:24 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Racine Avenue when he struck a GMC, Chicago police said.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead after being taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was identified as Samuel Perez, of Marquette Park.

Autopsy results indicate that he died of injuries sustained during the accident. His death was ruled an accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Back of the Yards crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

As discussed on the “Reasons For Cook County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page, there can be many possible reasons for a motorcycle accident. While some of these reasons are the fault of another person or party, some of the reasons are due to the actions of the motorcyclist.

In cases where the accident was the fault of another person or party, the motorcyclist may be able to file a lawsuit to collect injury compensation. For motorcycle accidents that occur due to the fault of another person and result in the death of the motorcyclist, relevant parties may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Reasons for filing a lawsuit following being injured in an accident are discussed on the “Reasons For Filing A Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawsuit” page. As seen on that page, there are many issues that should be considered after someone is injured during an accident.

Schiller Park Motorcycle Accident Leads To Rider Fatality

There was a fatal Schiller Park motorcycle accident Sunday (May 3, 2020) evening. This Schiller Park motorcycle accident occurred at Wesley Terrace and Lawrence Avenue.

This accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and a car. This Schiller Park motorcycle accident happened at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 5, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies in Schiller Park crash.” An excerpt:

A preliminary investigation shows that the motorcycle was going west on Lawrence Avenue when it collided with a 2013 Hyundai Sonata turning north on Wesley Terrace from eastbound Lawrence Avenue, DeSimone said.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 41-year-old woman from Schiller Park, was uninjured, DeSimone said.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the decedent as Andrew Westfallen, 20, of Wonder Lake. An autopsy revealed he died from injuries sustained during the collision.

This fatal Schiller Park motorcycle accident remains under investigation by Schiller Park Police and the Major Case Assistance Team.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

For those motorcycle accidents in which the motorcyclist dies from accident injuries, and the accident was the fault of another person or party, it may be possible for relevant parties to file a wrongful death lawsuit. On this site, wrongful death lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Lawsuits” page.

The page discusses many different types of fatal accidents that are the fault of another person or party. These types of accidents can happen in many different settings and for various reasons. Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, can answer questions with regard to this type of lawsuit. He can be reached at 773-392-8182.

North Riverside Motorcycle Crash Leads To Rider Fatality

A North Riverside motorcycle crash occurred on Saturday (March 7, 2020) evening. This North Riverside motorcycle crash involved a motorcycle and SUV. The motorcyclist died from his accident injuries.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the March 8, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in North Riverside motorcycle crash.” An excerpt:

Eduardo Galvez was southbound on a motorcycle about 6:45 p.m. when a northbound Nissan Xterra hit him as it made a left from the 1900 block of South Harlem Avenue into an Aldi’s parking lot, according to North Riverside police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The Nissan also hit a Honda Civic waiting to leave the lot.

Galvez, 29, of Addison, was pronounced dead after being taken to Loyola Center for Health, which is in North Riverside.

An autopsy revealed that he died from multiple injuries suffered during the crash.

The drivers of the Nissan Xterra and Honda Civic refused medical treatment.

The accident investigation is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this North Riverside motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Collisions that happen as a motorist makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle continue to occur. This is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents that lead to serious, and in many cases, fatal motorcycle accidents. In many cases, the collision occurs as the motorist “fails to see” the oncoming motorcycle and therefore fails to yield. In other cases, the motorist may fail to accurately assess how far away the motorcycle is.

This motorcycle accident cause, as well as others, is further discussed on the “Reasons For Cook County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. As seen on that page, there are many reasons that motorcycle accidents occur. Being aware of these common causes can be of benefit to motorcyclists, as there are preventative safety measures that can be taken.

Parking Lots And Serious Chicago-Area Pedestrian Accidents

Parking lots usually are not settings for serious pedestrian accidents. However, since August (2019) there have been at least three fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in Chicago-area parking lots.

Two of those fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in parking lots have been previously summarized on this site. The first post was “Parking Lot Accidents That Cause Injuries And Other Harm” which summarized an August 2019 fatal pedestrian accident in Forest Park.

The second post summarized the December 4, 2019 Orland Park fatal accident. That post was titled “Parking Lot Pedestrian Accidents That Cause Serious Injuries.” In that accident, one woman was fatally, and another woman was injured after a car struck them from behind.

Another accident occurring in parking lots happened on Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019. In this pedestrian accident, a 70-year-old man was fatally injured when he was struck by a City of Chicago tow truck.

Details on the reason for this accident appear limited at this time. An excerpt, from the November 26, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, 70, fatally struck by city tow truck in O’Hare Airport parking lot“:

The man was was hit by a city tow truck driven by a 26-year-old man about 8:45 a.m. in parking lot D at Terminal 5, according to Chicago fire and police spokespeople.

Police said the man was not in a crosswalk or designated walking area.

The man hit was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details regarding these fatal pedestrian accidents that have recently occurred in parking lots can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

For those that have been hit by a vehicle, there are various steps that should be immediately taken. Those steps address both medical and legal issues.

Parking Lot Pedestrian Accidents That Cause Serious Injuries

Parking lot pedestrian accidents can cause injuries. Parking lot pedestrian accidents usually don’t cause serious injuries, primarily because the vehicles are typically traveling at lower speeds at the time of the accident. However, if the vehicle, for whatever reason, is traveling at a higher speed, or other risk factors are present, the vehicle striking the pedestrian can cause serious accident injuries.

A fatal Forest Park parking lot accident occurred on August 16. That accident was summarized in the August 19, 2019 post titled “Parking Lot Accidents That Cause Injuries And Other Harm.” In that accident, a woman was fatally struck in the Forest Park Plaza parking lot. The woman died after being taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Parking lot pedestrian accidents can involve “hit & run” drivers. This was the case in the December 4, 2019 fatal Orland Park parking lot accident. In this accident, one woman was fatally struck and another woman was injured. This accident occurred while the women were walking to their cars after being at the Square Celt Ale House & Grill at the Orland Square Mall.

The two women hit were identified as Rone (Margaret) Leja, 61, and Elizabeth Kosteck. 54. Margaret Leja was pronounced dead after being taken to Silver Cross Hospital; Elizabeth Kosteck was treated for her accident injuries and released.

Additional details regarding parking lot pedestrian accidents can be seen in various media sources, including the December 6 Orland Park Patch article titled “Fatal Orland Park Hit-And-Run Driver In Custody: Police.”

Any time a person is hit by a vehicle, there are various steps that should be taken. These steps involve both medical issues as well as legal issues. Due to the typical severity of pedestrian accident injuries, these steps are very important, and should be attended to as soon as possible following the accident. The subject of pedestrian accidents and “what to do” after being hit by a vehicle is discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.