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.

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.

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.

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.

Morton Grove Motorcycle Accident Along Dempster Street

A Morton Grove motorcycle accident that occurred on April 25, 2019 was summarized in the “Morton Grove Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On Dempster Street” post. As seen in that post, this Morton Grove motorcycle accident allegedly involved a vehicle that attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. A collision ensued between the vehicle and motorcycle. The motorcyclist was critically injured due to the crash.

According to the May 17, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Naperville motorcyclist dies weeks after Morton Grove crash” the injured motorcyclist died from accident injuries on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The rider was identified as Andrew Clark, 48, of Naperville.

As seen in the article, this Morton Grove motorcycle accident involved a “head-on collision” between the motorcycle and vehicle. These types of collisions are typical when a vehicle attempts to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. As discussed on the “‘Head-On Collisions’ Involving Motorcycles” page, there are many reasons as to why these collisions often lead to serious, if not life-threatening accident injuries to the motorcycle rider, and if applicable, passenger.

Due to the severity of injuries resulting from such crashes, riders who survive such crashes often seek to get compensation for their accident injuries. Due to the severity of such injuries, extensive hospitalization is often involved, which typically involves emergency care, extensive testing, possible surgeries, and possibly a protracted hospital stay. There are also other forms of care needed, such as various types of rehabilitation. Given this level of medical care, medical bills are likely to be high, even for those who have good insurance. A personal injury lawsuit can seek to get compensation for these medical bills, as well as types of compensation for other harm and financial adversity that has occurred.

The topic of personal injury lawsuits for motorcycle accidents is further discussed on the “Cook County Accident Injuries And Personal Injury Lawsuits” page.

If the motorcycle accident was the fault of another person or entity, and it resulted in the death of motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger, relevant parties may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Those types of lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Lawsuits” page.

Morton Grove Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On Dempster Street

There was a Morton Grove motorcycle collision Thursday (April 25, 2019) involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. This Morton Grove motorcycle collision resulted in the motorcyclist being critically injured.

As is often the case in serious Cook County motorcycle accidents, this crash is being attributed to a vehicle making a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. This remains one of the primary causes of serious motorcycle accidents, as discussed on the “Reasons For Illinois Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. As mentioned frequently on this site, this type of frontal collision is often extremely forceful and often leads to life-threatening, if not fatal accident injuries to the motorcyclist and, if applicable, motorcycle passenger. Lawsuits stemming from the accident injuries are common in this type of crash, given any negligence that has occurred and the likely extensive harm and/or fatalities that has been caused by the crash.

An excerpt concerning this Morton Grove motorcycle collision, as seen in the April 26, 2019 Morton Grove Champion article titled “Naperville man in critical condition after vehicle struck his motorcycle in Morton Grove“:

A vehicle traveling east on Dempster Street around 7:45 p.m. was attempting to make a left turn onto Oleander Avenue, just east of Notre Dame College Prep, when it collided with the motorcycle — which was headed in the opposite direction on Dempster, police said.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old man from Naperville, was seriously injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was in critical condition.

According to Morton Grove Police, the driver of the vehicle was not injured. She was ticketed for failure to yield.

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

Edgebrook Fatal Motorcycle Accident Along Caldwell Avenue

On Wednesday (April 17, 2019) night there was an Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident involving a collision between a Jeep and motorcycle.

An excerpt concerning this Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident, from the April 18, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist dead in South Edgebrook crash“:


A 53-year-old man driving a Jeep Wrangler west about 9:40 p.m. in the 6000 block of North Caldwell Avenue collided with the eastbound motorcyclist as the Jeep was turning left onto Leader Street, Chicago police said.

The motorcyclist, who was identified as Mikolai Laszczewski, 24, was taken to Lutheran General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While the driver of the Jeep refused medical treatment, a passenger in the Jeep was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for medical treatment for a facial laceration.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the article:

Witnesses in the area told officers that Laszczewski was traveling at high speeds, police said.

The accident investigation of this Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident is ongoing and is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

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

There are many reasons as to why riding early in the motorcycle riding season presents additional motorcycle riding safety issues. Many of these reasons are discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page. Among these reasons is that riders may be somewhat unfamiliar with riding the bike, as (typically) there are a number of months during which motorcycles are not ridden in Chicago. An excerpt from the aforementioned page:

For the first ride of the season, motorcyclists may want to be extra careful, as they have likely not ridden for a while and as such they may be somewhat “rusty” with regard to bike handling as well as the dynamics of riding in traffic.

Additional details regarding fatal motorcycle accidents, including the Edgebrook fatal motorcycle accident, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

West Lawn Motorcycle Accident Results In Rider Fatality

A West Lawn motorcycle accident occurred early Saturday (April 13, 2019) morning.

Details on this Chicago motorcycle accident appear somewhat limited at this time. According to Chicago Police, this West Lawn motorcycle accident occurred as the motorcyclist – a 54-year-old man – was riding southbound in the 6000 block of South Pulaski Road. At approximately 3:17 a.m. he was hit by a black Mercedes that was pulling out of a restaurant parking lot.

The motorcyclist was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead there.

This West Lawn motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 13, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dead after motorcycle crash in West Lawn” as well as the April 13 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Killed in West Lawn Motorcycle Crash.”

As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, for many reasons riding a motorcycle early in the motorcycle riding season can present a heightened level in the risk of being involved in a crash.

One risk is that of motorists “not seeing” motorcycles, which can be particularly acute early in the riding season. Motorists “not seeing” motorcycles can further be exacerbated if the motorist is impaired either by alcohol and/or drug use.

As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents – many summarized on this site – motorists “not seeing” motorcycles has led to many collisions that have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities to motorcycle riders. In many cases these collisions involve motorists making left-hand turns immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

Tips to avoid motorcycle accidents – including reducing the possibility of not being “seen” by other drivers – is discussed on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page.