$775,000 Settlement Attained For Pedestrian Crash Injuries

A pedestrian crash often leads to serious accident injuries. A broad range of injuries can occur during a pedestrian crash. Many such injuries lead to the death of the pedestrian, either at the accident scene or at some later time.

On this site, Lake County pedestrian accidents are summarized in posts found under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category. As well, various issues involved in a pedestrian crash, including medical and legal issues, are discussed on the following pages:

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents That Occur In Lake County

Lake County Pedestrian Accidents

For those that have been injured after being hit by a vehicle, getting accident injury compensation becomes a paramount issue. Often, medical bills arising from such injuries are substantial, and there can be other financial challenges.

The Elman Joseph Law Group has 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 are highlighted in the “Illinois Personal Injury Case 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.


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


Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.