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.

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.

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.

Parking Lot Accidents That Cause Injuries And Other Harm

Parking lot accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. While, in most cases, vehicles move at slower speeds, there are many opportunities for accidents to occur. In many cases there is limited visibility, such as when a vehicle is backing up, as well as many vehicles and pedestrians in a limited space.

Fatal parking lot accidents in the Chicago area remain rare. However, there was such a fatal incident on Friday, August 16, 2019. This parking lot pedestrian accident occurred in Forest Park.

This fatal pedestrian accident is discussed in various media sources, including the August 19, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman, 67, fatally struck by vehicle in Forest Park Plaza parking lot.”

An excerpt from the article:

Shortly before 3 p.m. on Aug. 16, the 67-year-old woman was walking east across the Lathrop Avenue exit and entrance drive of Forest Park Plaza, 7600 Roosevelt Rd., when she was hit by a vehicle that was turning onto the drive to exit the lot, according to Forest Park police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she died hours later, the medical examiner’s office said. She lived in Forest Park.

A subsequent autopsy indicated that the woman died from multiple injuries caused by a vehicle striking a pedestrian.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including that seen above.

Pedestrian accidents of all types can result in a broad range of accident injuries that vary in severity. On this site, many Cook County pedestrian accidents have been summarized in posts found under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category. As well, the topic of pedestrian accidents, as well as what to do if you are hit by a vehicle, is discussed on the “Cook County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

Portage Park Motorcycle Accident Results In Rider Fatality

There was a Portage Park motorcycle accident Thursday (August 8, 2019) that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist. This Portage Park motorcycle accident happened along North Cicero Avenue, and is described as the motorcycle “t-boning” a minivan.

The accident is discussed in a variety of media sources including the August 8, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dies after crashing into minivan in Portage Park.” An excerpt:

Felix Ocasio, 47, was riding a motorcycle southbound in the 3800 block of North Cicero Avenue when a minivan attempted to cross westbound from Bernice Avenue through stopped traffic, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Ocasio collided with the side of the minivan about 9:14 a.m. and fell into the street, authorities said. He was wearing a helmet.

Ocasio was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of his accident injuries. He was later pronounced dead. A subsequent autopsy indicated that he died from multiple injuries resulting from the motorcycle accident.

The driver of the minivan, identified as a 68-year-old woman and a 3-year-old backseat passenger were not injured during this Portage Park motorcycle accident.

The driver was issued a ticket for failing to keep in the lane.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Portage Park motorcycle-minivan collision can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as the August 8, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man dies when motorcycle crashes into minivan on Northwest Side.”

Collisions such as the Portage Park motorcycle accident discussed above can have many causes. Distracted driving often results in such collisions. However, there can be other reasons, such as a motorist “not seeing” the traveling motorcycle. Yet another reason may be an error in the motorist’s driving. The motorist may not realize that the motorcycle is closer than it originally appears.

When a riders dies due to the negligence of a motorist, relevant parties may be able to successfully file a wrongful death lawsuit. Such lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Lawsuits” page.

Fatal South Lake Shore Drive Motorcycle Collision

There was a fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision that occurred on Friday (August 2, 2019) evening. This fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision involved a motorcycle with passenger and a Pace van.

The is fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision is discussed in a number of media sources, including the August 3, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “1 dead, 1 critically injured in Lake Shore Drive motorcycle crash” as well as the August 3 NBC Chicago article titled “1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Lake Shore Drive Motorcycle Crash.”

An excerpt regarding this fatal motorcycle collision from the Sun-Times article:

Joseph Arjona and a 21-year-old woman were on a motorcycle southbound about 7:25 p.m., when the motorcycle rear-ended a Pace van in the 5400 block of South Lake Shore Drive, ejecting them from the motorcycle, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

They were both rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where Arjona was pronounced dead, authorities said. He lived in Washington Park.

The female motorcycle passenger was critically injured in the crash.

The death of Arjona (age 25) was ruled an accident after an autopsy was conducted.

The driver of the Pace van, a 71-year-old man, refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

This fatal Lake Shore Drive motorcycle collision remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit.

Crashes that lead to the motorcyclist (and, if applicable, passenger) to be ejected often lead to serious accident injuries. Ejections often result from certain types of motorcycle crashes.

Reasons for motorcycle crashes are discussed on the “Reasons For Cook County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. Also discussed on that page is what to do if you have been hurt during a motorcycle crash. Included in that discussion is steps to take from both a medical and legal perspective.

Interstate 80 Rollover Accident In Lansing Leads To Fatality

There was a fatal Interstate 80 rollover accident Thursday (July 25, 2019) morning. This fatal Interstate 80 rollover accident happened on the ramp from Illinois Route 394 to eastbound I-80.

This fatal Interstate 80 rollover accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 25, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in I-80 rollover in Lansing.”

An excerpt:

Darryl L. Smith, 48, was driving an 2004 Lincoln SUV on the ramp from northbound Illinois Route 394 to eastbound I-80 when he lost control just before 3 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.

The Lincoln overturned into a ditch and Smith was thrown from the vehicle, state police said. Smith, who lived in Hazel Crest, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) says that at the time of the accident Smith was not wearing a seat belt.

On this site, various aspects of vehicle rollover accidents are discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page. Rollover accidents are notable in many regards. As seen in the Interstate 80 rollover accident discussed above, many of these rollover accidents lead to serious injuries, and often these injuries lead to fatalities.

Rollover accidents can happen for many reasons. However, there are common factors that increase the possibility of a rollover accident.

An excerpt from the “Rollover Accidents” page mentioned above:

As rollover accidents usually happen at higher speeds, it is not surprising that many Chicago areas rollovers have happened on expressways and other higher-speed roadways, including the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), the Edens Spur, I-57, the Kennedy Expressway, the Bishop Ford Expressway, Lake Shore Drive, and Lower Wacker Drive.

One of the best preventative safety measures to take to avoid serious vehicle accident injuries is to wear a seat belt. The wearing of a seat belt during a rollover accident can greatly reduce the possibility of the vehicle occupant being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown from the vehicle) during the accident. The seat belt acts as a restraint to keep the vehicle occupant in the vehicle in a secured fashion.

Des Plaines Motorcycle Collision At Mannheim And Prospect

A Des Plaines motorcycle collision happened early Saturday (July 20, 2019) evening. This Des Plaines motorcycle collision happened at Mannheim Road and Prospect Avenue. First responders were called to the accident scene beginning at 5:55 p.m.

This Des Plaines motorcycle collision is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the July 22, 2019 Journal & Topics article titled “Two Suffer Serious Injuries After Van, Motorcycle Collide In Des Plaines.”

An excerpt, quoting Des Plaines Police Department Cmdr. Christopher Mierzwa :

According to Mierzwa, the motorcycle and van were driving southbound on Mannheim approaching Prospect when the accident occurred. As the van attempted to turn westbound on Prospect, the motorcycle fell on its side and struck the vehicle, police said.

The motorcyclist and a passenger, identified as a 47-year-old man and 54-year-old women, were both injured during the crash. They were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of their accident injuries.

The driver of the van, identified as a 19-year-old man, did not go to the hospital. It is unclear if he was hurt during the collision. 

This Des Plaines motorcycle collision remains under investigation.

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

Whenever a person is involved in a vehicle accident, whether that person has been hurt is a primary consideration. While many accident injuries will be apparent – i.e. they will exhibit some type of symptom – there are many types of serious injuries that may not be apparent immediately after the crash. Among these serious injuries that may not immediately exhibit symptoms are head injuries and internal bleeding.

Additional discussion of why it is important to get a thorough medical exam after being involved in a vehicle accident can be found on the “Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After A Motorcycle Accident” page. As seen on that page, there are many reasons – both from a medical and legal perspective – for getting the medical exam.

Northbrook SUV Rollover Accident On Waukegan Road

A Northbrook SUV rollover accident occurred Friday (July 19, 2019) in Northbrook. Details regarding this Northbrook SUV rollover accident appear limited at this time.

The crash is discussed in various media sources, including the July 19, 2019 wgntv.com article (with accident scene video) titled “Flight for Life responds to SUV rollover crash in Northbrook.” An excerpt:

The SUV rolled over along Waukegan Road, near Lake Cook Road.

The accident may have involved a mail truck.

The extent of the accident injuries in this Northbrook SUV rollover accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

Rollover accidents, by their nature, tend to be highly physically traumatic to vehicle occupants. Accident injuries tend to be serious in nature for those involved. If vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, occupants have higher risk of being ejected (partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle.

Various aspects of rollover accidents, including their causes and the types of injuries that tend to occur, are discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page. An excerpt:

In Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County, there have been a significant number of vehicle rollover accidents.  Many recent rollover crashes have been summarized on this site.   These crashes have occurred in a number of cities, including Calumet Heights, Posen, Forest Park, Berwyn, and Evanston.  They have also occurred in various Chicago neighborhoods, including Norwood Park, Pilsen, and Lincoln Park.

As rollover accidents usually happen at higher speeds, it is not surprising that many Chicago areas rollovers have happened on expressways and other higher-speed roadways, including the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94), the Edens Spur, I-57, the Kennedy Expressway, the Bishop Ford Expressway, Lake Shore Drive, and Lower Wacker Drive.

Common accidents, as well as common factors that rollover accidents tend to have, are also discussed on the page.

Fatal Norridge Motorcycle Crash Along North Harlem

There was a fatal Norridge motorcycle crash that occurred on Monday (July 8, 2019) night. This fatal Norridge motorcycle crash happened as the rider was traveling on North Harlem Avenue.

Details regarding this fatal Norridge motorcycle crash appear to be limited at this time. The cause of the crash does not seem to be publicly disclosed at this time. The accident remains under investigation.

An excerpt concerning the accident, from the July 9, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Jakub Szatko killed in Norridge motorcycle crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

Jakub Szatko, 21, was driving the motorcycle when it crashed at 11:24 p.m. in the 4200 block of North Harlem Avenue in Norridge, according to Norridge police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Szatko was taken to Resurrection Medical Center, where he was declared dead.

An autopsy found that he died of blunt force injuries resulting from the accident.

This fatal Norridge motorcycle crash remains under investigation. Those with information concerning the crash are asked to contact the Norridge Police Department at 708-453-4770 or via email at [email protected]

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

Commentary regarding ways to avoid motorcycle crashes and the accompanying injuries can be found on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page. While some crashes are outside of the control of the motorcyclist, other types of crashes can be avoided. Given that any motorcycle crash is likely to lead to injuries – and likely serious injuries – taking steps to avoid the likelihood of being in an accident is important.

For those motorcycle accidents that injure the rider, and are the fault of another person (such as a motorist) many motorcyclists choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. The reasons for filing such a lawsuit are discussed on the “Cook County Accident Injuries And Personal Injury Lawsuits” page.