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 Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group has achieved notable settlements and jury verdicts across a range of personal injury cases. Over the last 25+ years, Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.
During this time, Elman Joseph Law Group has established a reputation for its court trial performance. As seen in many cases, the Elman Joseph 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 Joseph 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.