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Jury Trials Experience Honor Awarded To Anthony R. Elman

Jury trials can be a critical avenue in achieving substantial vehicle accident injury compensation. As seen in many Will County accidents discussed on this site, many have caused serious accident injuries. Some of these accidents have led to one or more fatalities. Following these accident injuries, those who are injured due to the negligence of others often seek to get injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. In those instances where negligence has led to a fatality, relevant parties may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, recently received a lifetime achievement award testifying to his leading jury trials 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 R. 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 Illinois personal injury cases for over 25 years.  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 “Lawsuit Results And Illinois Court Trial Capabilities” page.

Homer Glen Motorcycle Crash Involving Motorycle And Truck

A fatal Homer Glen motorcycle crash occurred on Saturday (May 23, 2020) morning. This Homer Glen motorcycle crash happened on Parker Road. The crash involved a collision between a motorcycle and truck.

Publicly disclosed details regarding this fatal crash appear to be limited at this time.

This motorcycle collision is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 23, 2020 Romeoville Patch article titled “Fatal Motorcycle Crash: Man, 21, Killed In Homer Glen.”

An excerpt from this article:

A 21-year-old Homer Glen man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning, the Will County Coroner’s Office said. Officials said Joseph Farbo was the driver of a motorcycle that collided with a truck on Parker Road.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, Farbo was declared dead at 10:22 a.m. after being taken to the Silver Cross Hospital emergency room.

This Homer Glen motorcycle crash is under investigation by the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

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

There are many reasons why motorcycle collisions occur. On this site, reasons for motorcycle collisions are discussed on the “Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities In Will County” page. Many different reasons for motorcycle accidents are discussed on that page. As well, Will County motorcycle accidents of various types are highlighted.

While some of the reasons for such motorcycle crashes are due to actions taken by the motorcyclists, many are not. As seen in many motorcycle accidents causing injury and death, many of these accidents are due to the negligence of other people. For those riders who are injured due to the negligence of another person, injury compensation may be available through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. For those motorcycle accidents that lead to the death of the rider (and, if applicable, passenger) a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by appropriate parties.

Lockport Motorcycle Crash On East Ninth Street Leads To Fatality

A Lockport motorcycle crash resulted in the death of a motorcyclist on May 3, 2020. This Lockport motorcycle accident involved the bike striking a fixed object.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time. The cause of the motorcycle accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

This Lockport motorcycle crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the Homer Glen – Lockport Patch article titled “Lockport Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash: Coroner.” An excerpt:

A Lockport man died Sunday after his motorcycle struck a fixed object, the Will County Coroner’s Office said. Steven Rabbers, 52, was pronounced deceased at 3:15 a.m. Sunday at the Silver Cross emergency room in New Lenox.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office,  the motorcycle struck a fixed object in the 700 block of East Ninth Street in Lockport. It is not disclosed as to why the motorcycle struck the fixed object. The cause and manner of death has yet to be determined.

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

In the Chicago area, the motorcycle riding season has largely been delayed for a number of reasons. The virus lockdown as well as generally (very) cool weather has served to suppress motorcycle riding. As such, this year even in early May might still be considered early in the riding season. As discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page, there is the potential for greater risk while riding early in the season. The reasons for this increased risk are numerous.

Additional posts concerning Will County motorcycle accidents are found under the “motorcycle accidents” category. As seen in these posts, motorcycle accidents often lead to injuries that often require medical care, including hospitalization. Many Will County motorcycle accidents have resulted in the death of the rider.

Semi Truck Crashes That Occur On Will County Expressways

Semi truck crashes occur in significant numbers in Will County. As discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page, many factors – principally the amount of county truck traffic – contribute to a high number of trucking accidents.

Semi truck crashes occur as trucks are vulnerable to crashing due to various physical characteristics. Trucks tend to be heavy, especially if full. This weight can contribute to long stop distances, as well as various issues that can contribute to a loss of control. This vulnerability is increased at higher speeds, such as on expressways.

As well, as seen in various statistics, many truck accidents are the fault of the truck driver.

Will County accidents involving trucks that have caused injury (and in some cases fatalties) can be seen discussed in posts found under the “truck accidents” category.

There was a semi truck accident Thurday (December 26, 2019) on westbound I-80 near New Lenox. This crash caused a hazmat response.

The incident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the December 26, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Semi Rollover Blocks I-80 Lanes Near New Lenox, Prompts Hazmat Response.”

An excerpt:

Officers responded to the crash about 8:30 a.m., in a construction zone in the westbound lanes of I-80 near mile marker 138, according to Illinois State police.

According to authorities, the driver of the tractor said he was trying to change lanes from the left to the right lane when the trailer began to “swap uncontrollably.” The driver lost control of the vehicle, striking the guardrail on the right side of the roadway. The trailer ultimately overturned, according to authorities.

As a result of this crash, the truck leaked roughly 100 gallons of phosphoric acid. Due to this leaking and the hazmat response, the expressway was closed until at least 3:00 p.m.

No injuries appear to have occurred.

Additional discussion of Will County semi truck crashes, as well as the I-80 crash mentioned above, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Crest Hill Bicycle Accident Leads To Fatal Accident Injuries

A Crest Hill bicycle accident occurred early Monday (December 9, 2019) morning. This Crest Hill bicycle accident was a “hit & run” collision, i.e. a vehicle hit the bicyclist and then the driver left the accident scene.

Details regarding the reason for this crash are not publicly available at this time. The “hit & run” driver involved in this Crest Hill bicycle accident has not been apprehended at this time.

According to Crest Hill Police, the bicycle accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. At the time of the collision, the bicyclist was riding home from Anthony’s Restaurant & Pub near Louis Joliet Mall. The accident happened in the 2400 block of Plainfield Road. The bicyclist was found by another motorist along the side of the road.

Police found the bicyclist with serious, life-threatening injuries. He was taken to AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of his accident injuries.

The bicyclist was identified as Dennis Ledenbach, Jr., 46, of Joliet. Among his injuries was brain damage. He was on life support and subsequently passed away.

Those with information concerning this Crest Hill bicycle accident are asked to contact Crest Hill Police Investigator Joel Steen 815-741-5115. Tips can be left on an anonymous basis with Will County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-323-6734.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “hit & run” accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the December 15, 2019 The Herald-News article titled “Injured cyclist dies after apparent hit-and-run” as well as the December 12 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Hit-And-Run Victim On Life Support.”

Further discussion of bicycle accidents, especially those that have occurred in Will County, can be seen on the “Bicycle Accidents In Will County” page. As discussed on that page – and seen in various Will County bicycle accidents – such bike accidents often result in serious injuries. Many such injuries are life-threatening, which in many cases have led to a fatality.

I-55 Accident Involving Truck Failing To Stop In Time

Failing to stop in time to avoid an accident is a common reason for truck accidents. Semi trucks failing to stop in time to avoid hitting vehicles ahead can occur for many reasons; one reason is the weight of trucks. Because of this weight, as well as other physical dynamics, stopping a truck can take significant time and distance. This is especially so if the truck is driving in adverse weather such as rain, snow or ice.

There was a fatal I-55 accident involving a semi truck allegedly failing to stop in time. This Will County truck accident occurred in Wilmington and involved three trucks and two cars. The accident happened on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m.

This truck accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 11, 2019 wspynews.com article titled “One Person Killed & Several Others Injured in Interstate 55 Crash.”

An excerpt:

The Wilmington Fire Protection District said it was determined there were three semi tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles involved in the crash near Wilmington. One of the semis and both passenger vehicles sustained heavy damage.

The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 46 year-old Shabbir Patel of Brampton, Ontario allegedly failed to yield to traffic that was stopped for construction, which then caused a chain reaction crash with four other vehicles.  Patel was taken to an area hospital.

One man involved in the accident, Kenneth C. Bloor, 34, of St. Peters, MO, was declared deceased after being taken to Amita Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Other people were also injured during the crash. The type and extent of their injuries does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

Another excerpt from the wspynews.com article:

Patel was cited for Following Too Closely & Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident involving a truck failing to stop in time can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 8 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Victim ID: I-55 Semi Crash Fatal At Lorenzo Road.”

Snow And Ice Conditions Often Cause Serious Accident Injuries

Snow and ice often lead to a variety of accidents and accident injuries. Among the types of accidents that can occur due to snow and ice are vehicle accidents. As seen in many posts on this site, there have been many days when adverse winter driving conditions have existed in Will County. Such conditions typically include much snow and ice, and possibly “black ice.” Will County vehicle accidents that occur in these conditions include spinouts, “slide-offs”, and various types of collisions including when one vehicle “rear ends” another. Depending upon the type of accident, a broad range of injuries can result. These injuries range from minor injuries to those that can be life-threatening in nature.

Other types of accidents can occur due to snow and ice. For example, someone may slip and fall when walking due to ice accumulation. A broad range of injuries may result. Among the most common types of injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident include back injuries and leg injuries. If the person hits their head, a wide range of head injuries can occur. These head injuries can vary in type and severity. In the worst case scenarios, head injuries can be life-threatening in nature. The subject of traumatic head injuries are further discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries” page.

These accidents that occur in snow and ice can lead to injuries that may require hospitalization and associated required testing, other diagnostic procedures, and testing. Follow-on medical treatment may involve rehabilitation, such as physical rehabilitation and occupational occupation.

Despite the medical care and rehabilitation, the injured person may suffer from temporary impairments or permanent injuries. These impairments and injuries can not only lower the quality of life, but also prevent the injured person from working. As well, physical and/or mental impairments may prevent the person from being able to normally function in everyday life.

Because of the hardships caused by accident injuries, those who have been injured due to the fault of another person may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit. The subject is further discussed on the “Lawsuits Over Will County Vehicle Accident Injuries” page.

Pedestrian Crashes And A $775,000 Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlement

As seen in Will County pedestrian crashes summarized on this site, pedestrian crashes can lead to a range of serious accident injuries. Many such injuries are serious enough to be potentially 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. This is especially the case if the injuries are permanent injuries that require ongoing medical care.

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 medical bills. As well, there can be other financial pressures that occur, such as if the injured person can not work for a time after the accident.

The Elman Law Group has handled many lawsuits concerning 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.

Accident Scenes As Potentially Dangerous Areas For Motorists And Others

Crashes that occur at existing accident scenes continue to be a major traffic safety concern. There have been many crashes in which motorists and other people have been injured or killed after a crash occurs at an existing accident scene.

There are many reasons as to why this type of secondary accident can occur. Often, those who have been injured in the original accident are anxious to get out of their vehicles, which may or may not be safe to do. As well, there can be a considerable amount of uncertainty at accident scenes, which may distract drivers of other vehicles. As well, there can be traffic actively passing accident scenes.

For the same reasons as discussed above, stalled vehicles can also present a traffic safety hazard for both the motorist of the stalled vehicle as well as other motorists. As well, those who attempt to fix or move the stalled vehicle may be at risk. These include tow truck drivers, police officers, and others.

There was a fatal accident in which a man was killed as he attempted to assist a stalled vehicle. This fatal accident occurred on Route 47 over the Illinois River Bridge in Morris on August 18, 2019.

An excerpt regarding this fatal accident, from the August 19 wspynews.com article titled “Off Duty Cook County Sheriff’s Officer Dies While Aiding in Crash on Illinois River Bridge in Morris.” An excerpt:

The Morris Police Department said a vehicle broke down in the southbound lanes of Route 47 and another vehicle assisted at the scene. That’s when another vehicle rear-ended the assisting vehicle causing a chain reaction.

Several people were injured at the accident scene and taken to hospitals. One of these people was an off duty Cook County Sheriff’s Officer identified as Ronald Prohaska, 50. He died after being flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries.

According to the August 20, 2019 wgntv.com article titled “Cook County officer killed while helping stalled motorist in Morris” a motorist was cited regarding this “chain-reaction” crash. An excerpt:

Authorities say Matthew Taylor of Morris was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed. Morris police says the crash remains under investigation.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Interstate 80 Car Crash Involving Parked Semi Truck

A Interstate 80 car crash occurred Saturday (August 10, 2019) in Minooka. This Interstate 80 car crash resulted in the death of the driver of a car.

The accident happened in the westbound lanes, at the exit to a rest area. This I-80 car crash happened at approximately 10:30 a.m.

An excerpt regarding this Interstate 80 car crash, from the August 11, 2019 Kane County Chronicle article titled “St. Charles man dies in accident on I-80 in Minooka.” An excerpt:

Grundy County Coroner John Callahan reported Saturday afternoon that the preliminary investigation indicates a sedan, driven by Steven Raymond Shambora, 48, of St. Charles was heading west on I-80 when Shambora drove into the back of a semitractor-trailer which was parked on the shoulder of the roadway. The impact put the car under the trailer to the rear axle. Extrication was done by Minooka Fire.

Shambora was declared deceased at the accident scene. No other occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The driver of the semi truck was not injured during the collision.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Interstate 80 car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the August 10 The Herald-News article titled “One person killed in car-truck accident along I-80 in Minooka.”

Additional discussion regarding I-80 accidents can be seen on the “I-80 Traffic Accidents In Will County.” Various accident statistics are seen on that page. As well, individual Will County Interstate 80 crashes are highlighted.

Steps to take after an accident are also discussed, including legal considerations such as medical considerations and the possible filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

As stated on the page, I-80 has a lot of truck traffic, and as such accidents involving semis and other trucks tend to frequently occur.