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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.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

22-Month-Old Girl Suffers Head Injury During Lake County Crash

There was a Lake County traffic accident this morning (February 12, 2018) in unincorporated Zion.  A 22-month-old female passenger suffered a head injury during the crash.

According to information provided by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (in a February 12 media release titled “Traffic Crash With Injuries“) the crash happened on Russell Road at Kenosha Road.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the accident beginning at 10:24 a.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the media release:

Preliminary investigation shows a black 2016 Toyota Camry was traveling westbound on Russell Road and turning southbound onto Kenosha Road when a black 2013 GMC Terrain traveling eastbound on Russell Road struck the Toyota Camry.

The 22-month-old passenger suffered a head injury, despite being in a child restraint system at the time of the crash.  She was flown to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment of her accident injuries.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

Additional details regarding this Lake County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above as well as the February 12 Grayslake Patch article titled “Toddler Flown To Hospital Following Crash.”

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Accidents Caused By Drivers Impaired By Drugs And Chemical Inhalation

On Labor Day 2012 (September 3, 2012) there was a pedestrian accident in Highland Park which led to the death of Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, 5, as well as injured other family members that were walking with her at the time.  The accident happened after a car drove onto a sidewalk along Central Avenue.

On this site, the accident and subsequent legal issues – including the associated wrongful death lawsuit that was filed – are discussed in the following posts in chronological order:

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Highland Park, Illinois

New Charges Brought In Carly Rousso Case

Evidence Sealed In Carly Rousso Case

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento Accident

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled Concerning Highland Park Pedestrian Accident

The February 9, 2018 Highland Park News article titled “Woman who was convicted in ‘huffing’ crash that killed Highland Park girl is out of prison” provides a recap of the accident as well as subsequent legal situation, including the recent release of the driver (Carly Rousso) from prison.

As mentioned in the article:

Prosecutors said Rousso was inhaling fumes from a keyboard cleaning product behind the wheel of her father’s Lexus when she lost consciousness, went across several lanes of traffic in downtown Highland Park and struck a local woman who was walking with her three children.

Drivers who drive while impaired by drug use, often referred to as “drugged drivers,” has increasingly become a traffic safety problem.  “Drugged driving” has been the cause of many accidents, including fatal accidents, in the Chicago area.  While the drugs used vary, any such drug use can cause the driver to become (substantially) impaired and lead to an accident.  The subject of drug-impaired drivers, as well as the accidents and injuries such impaired driving has caused, is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

Additional details regarding the fatal pedestrian accident involving “huffing” as well as the broader subject of drug-impaired driving can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

IDOT Warning Concerning Adverse Driving Conditions

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a warning today (February 8, 2018) with regard to adverse driving conditions due to anticipated snowfall starting tonight.  Various areas of Northern Illinois (Lake County, McHenry County, and various parts of the remaining Chicago area) are expected to be impacted.

The media release is titled “Winter Storm, Treacherous Driving Conditions  Across Northern Illinois Tonight and Friday.” (pdf) The release discusses driving issues with regard to the anticipated 10-12 inches of snow that is expected to fall in Northern Illinois tonight and tomorrow.

An excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm with the potential for 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois will create treacherous conditions tonight and Friday. Driving should be avoided, with snow- and ice-covered roads, limited visibility and extremely long travel times anticipated.

The release also offers various “safe-driving” tips for dealing with the expected driving conditions.

One of these tips is the following:

  • Always wear a seat belt, whether you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat. It’s the law.

On this site, the importance of every vehicle occupant wearing a seat belt at all times is discussed on the “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.  As discussed on that page, wearing a seat belt helps prevent the possibility of the driver and/or other vehicle occupants from being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the car or other type of vehicle.  These ejections often lead to accident injuries that are serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.

During adverse driving conditions – especially those involving snow and ice – various types of crashes are likely to occur.  These crashes can include various types of loss of control, including spinouts and “slideoffs.”  Additionally, there may be potential for formation of “black ice,” which often creates a very hazardous condition for drivers.

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions caused by heavy snowfall can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Lake County Drunk Driving And Seat Belt Enforcement Initiative

Drunk driving continues to be a significant traffic safety concern both nationally as well as in the Chicago area, including in Lake County.  On this site, Lake County accidents involving drunk driving (as well as crashes involving drivers impaired by drugs, i.e. “drugged driving”) are summarized in posts under the “DUI” category.

Drunk driving is often more frequent during various times of the year, including holiday periods as well as around major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the results of a 3-day (February 2 – February 5) enforcement period over the Super Bowl.  The results are summarized in the February 6, 2018 Grayslake Patch article titled “70 Citations Issued During Super Bowl Enforcement.”  An excerpt:

The Super Bowl weekend ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket’ enforcement effort ran from Friday, Feb. 2, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 5. The focus of the campaign was to keep impaired drivers off the roads and get more people to buckle up.

As seen in the article, among traffic safety related actions there was one DUI arrest and 39 citations issued for failure to wear seat belts.  (the safety benefits of wearing seat belts is discussed on “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.)

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Semi Truck Accident On Wesbound I-94 In Gurnee

There has been truck accidents on westbound I-94 in Gurnee.

Details on the accidents, as well as any injuries, is limited at this time.  According to media sources, there were multiple crashes involving five semis.  The cause of such crashes is not publicly disclosed at this time.  However, the primary crash was a “chain-reaction” crash, after which one truck driver was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after complaining of head pain.

At least one of the semis burst into flames.

It is unknown as to what other accident injuries resulted from these truck accidents.

Additional details concerning these Lake County truck accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the February 6, 2018 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Multiple Semis Involved In Fiery Crash Near Gurnee,” the February 6 Daily Herald article (with crash scene photo) titled “Lanes reopen on southbound I-94 in Lake County” and the February 6 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Crashes and fire on Tollway near Gurnee shut down eastbound traffic for hours.”

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.