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.

Expressway Accident Injury Lawsuit Settled For $350,000

An expressway accident often leads to serious accident injuries, and occasionally fatal accident injuries. Some of these accidents are rear-end collisions. In Will County, many accidents happen on I-80. Those accidents are further discussed on the “I-80 Traffic Accidents On Will County” page.

The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has recently settled a lawsuit that involved an expressway accident. The case settled in October 2019. The case involved a woman who was “rear-ended” by an ambulance while driving on the expressway.

Frederick Joseph III, a partner and winning personal injury trial lawyer at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, settled this motor vehicle injury case for $350,000.

The $350,000 settlement was achieved by the Elman Joseph Law Group after the final settlement offer by the ambulance company was only $6,000.

The rear-end collision happened when the plaintiff, Michalia Agins, 22 years old, was driving back home to Chicago after visiting her parents. When traffic slowed down on the expressway (eastbound I-90), Ms. Agins was “rear-ended” by an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a medical patient from one hospital to another. The ambulance had no lights or sirens activated at the time of the accident.

Ms. Agins started feeling pain immediately in her neck, back, and her shoulder (the same shoulder she previously had surgery on to repair a sports injury). Thankfully, she was able to drive her vehicle home from the scene but as the pain got worse, Michalia sought medical treatment. She underwent months of physical therapy; however, doctors advised Michalia that she was going to need surgery on her shoulder to repair a torn tendon from the collision. The recovery process was long and painful, and Michalia was forced to quit her job as a hair stylist.

Illinois has very strict legal protections for ambulance companies, both public and private. The laws in Illinois can make it very difficult to get a substantial recovery against an ambulance company. Superior Ambulance initially refused to offer anything to settle the case. Before the case was transferred to The Elman Joseph Law Group, the final offer to settle was only $6,000.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC immediately filed suit and began the discovery process. A dashcam video inside the ambulance showed that the driver (who was on a 24 hour shift) was falling asleep at the wheel. Before the impact, his eyes were shut for at least three seconds on the highway. As the investigation continued, Anthony R. Elman and Frederick Joseph put together a strong case for Ms. Agins and prepared for trial. Before trial, Frederick Joseph negotiated a settlement with the defendants in the amount of $350,000.

This rear-end collision injury settlement is another example of the experienced trial attorneys at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC bringing a challenging case to a successful conclusion. The trial lawyers at the firm have many high settlements and jury trial awards over the course of the last 25+ years. This success has been achieved across a wide range of Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases. Some of these notable settlements and jury trial awards are further discussed on the “Lawsuit Results And Illinois Court Trial Capabilities” 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.

Monetary Considerations As A Reason For Filing An Injury Lawsuit

When someone is hurt in an accident, it can cause a range of consequences.  In addition to the actual injury and its ramifications for one’s health, there can be significant – if not substantial – medical costs, even if the person hurt has comprehensive health insurance.  In addition, there can be other issues regarding money, such as wages lost because the person who was hurt is unable to work (either temporarily or permanently) due to the injury and the recovery period.

Because of these monetary issues, one of the primary reasons for filing a lawsuit is to get compensation for the accident injury.  This compensation is typically needed to pay for medical bills, other expenses, lost wages, and other financial hardships and financial strains caused by the injuries.

A lawsuit has been filed against the village of Steger with regard to an alleged vehicle accident and injuries involving a Steger police officer.

The lawsuit was filed by Nicole Long in Cook County Circuit Court.  It is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 18, 2017, titled “Woman injured in crash with Steger police officer files suit.”  An excerpt:

Long was driving a vehicle May 1, 2016 when a Steger police officer drove through a red light at Chicago and Steger roads and collided with her, according to the suit.

Long suffered multiple injuries from the crash, which have continued to worsen, according to the suit. Since 2007, Long had worked as a server at Iron Skillet. She did not have health insurance at the time of the crash and had to return to work despite considerable pain in order to make a living.

As further seen in the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and seeks a jury trial.

The allegations in the lawsuit with regard to the injury recovery is also notable.  While many accident injuries heal after a period, there are others, including various types of traumatic brain injuries, that can either take a significant amount of time to recover from or become permanent in nature (i.e. permanent injuries).  These permanent injuries often involve various permanent physical and/or mental impairments.

Lawsuit Involving A Collision In Will County

As discussed on the Will County Car Crashes page, there are many reasons why crashes occur in Will County.  In some cases, accidents involve emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.  Determining liability in such cases may be more complex than in typical accidents.

A lawsuit has been filed in Will County Circuit Court regarding a Will County accident that happened nearly two years ago, involving an ambulance.

The accident and lawsuit is summarized in the March 7, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “Woman Injured When Ambulance Crashed Into Her Car:  Lawsuit.”

Details on the accident appear limited.

According to the article, the underlying accident happened in Wilton Township, and involved a collision between a private ambulance and another vehicle.  The accident happened on Route 52.

The woman driving the vehicle was injured during the accident, and is suing the ambulance company and the ambulance driver.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above.

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Fatal I-55 Truck Accident

There has been a lawsuit filed in Will County Circuit Court regarding the fatal truck accident that happened on July 21, 2014 on I-55 near Elwood.  That accident resulted in the initial deaths of four people, followed by another death, and was further described in the July 22, 2014 post titled “Fatal I-55 Truck Accidents In Will County.”

The August 28, 2014 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Husband of I-55 crash victim sues truck driver” discusses the lawsuit that has been filed regarding the death of one of the accident victims, Ulrike Blopleh, of Channahon, as well as the injuries sustained by various children of the family who were also in the car at the time of the accident.

The lawsuit has been filed against the driver of the truck (Francisco Espinal-Quiroz) that caused the collision, as well as the truck company, Espinal Trucking.

An excerpt from the article:

The lawsuit claims that Espinal-Quiroz was speeding, failed to reduce speed and didn’t safely change lanes. The lawsuit points out that Espinal-Quiroz appeared to have impaired vision, suggesting he was not fit to operate the truck he was driving.

The suit also claims Espinal-Quiroz drove more hours than allowed by federal law and was exhausted to the point that he was a safety hazard.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County truck accident lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the mysuburbanlife.com article mentioned above.

Lawsuit Claims Injury Stemming From Car Crashing Into Joliet Furniture Store

There has been a lawsuit filed in Will County, Illinois Circuit Court regarding injuries sustained in a June 2013 vehicle accident.

An excerpt from the July 3, 2014 Patch.com article titled “Worker Injured When Driver Crashes Into Furniture Store:  Lawsuit” :

A furniture store worker was injured when he leaped out of the way of a car that crashed into the Joliet business, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court.

The lawsuit names two defendants, including the vehicle’s driver and owner.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above.