Lawsuit Settled Over Bicycle Accident Caused By Pothole

Deteriorating infrastructure – which includes poorly-maintained street lights and streets with potholes – have caused a variety of accidents in the Chicago area.  Some of these accidents and accompanying injuries have been summarized on this site.

Poorly maintained streets – which often have large potholes – can pose a significant safety hazard for bicyclists and motorcyclists, who can easily lose control if they hit a pothole.  The loss of control can easily lead to a crash which may cause accident injuries.

A bicycle accident in Los Angeles in which a bicyclist allegedly hit a pothole, which caused him to fall and seriously injure himself, happened in May 2015.  The man filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, which agreed to settle the lawsuit for $6.5 million.  The man’s injuries, according to the lawsuit, included a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

An excerpt from the September 6, 2017 Los Angeles Times article titled “Los Angeles OKs $6.5 million to settle lawsuit after cyclist hit a pothole.”  An excerpt from the article:

Two years ago, Peter Godefroy lost control of his bicycle when it hit a pothole on Valley Vista Boulevard, throwing him to the ground. The crash left him with broken bones and a severe traumatic brain injury, according to his suit.

He and his wife, Patricia, sued the city, the county and the state, arguing that the street he was bicycling on was so poorly maintained that it had created a “concealed trap for bicyclists.” As a result of government negligence, the lawsuit claimed, Godefroy had suffered injuries so severe that he expected to have “some permanent disability.”

The Los Angeles City Council voted 11 to 0 on Wednesday to approve the $6.5-million settlement.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above as well as the Bicycling Magazine article of September 8 titled “$6.5 Million Settlement Given to LA Cyclist for Injuries from Pothole.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

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Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Jury Award Concerning O’Hare Shelter Collapse That Paralyzed Woman

There have been many serious injuries – including some fatal – that have occurred due to poorly maintained infrastructure in Chicago and the Chicago area.  Many of these accidents and accompanying injuries have been summarized on this site.

The causes for these accidents is broad, and the infrastructure involved can take many forms.  Common causes for such accidents include infrastructure that is old (past useful life) and/or dilapidated, or hasn’t been properly maintained.  Infrastructure involved includes unsafe sidewalks, streets, sewers, roofs, street lights, and traffic signal poles.

Another type of infrastructure that is prone to collapse is public shelters, such as those at bus stops.

One such shelter collapse happened when high winds occurred at O’Hare Airport on August 2, 2015.  This accident was summarized in the post of August 14, 2015, titled “Lawsuit Filed Over Shelter Collapse At O’Hare Airport.”  While several members of a family were injured when the pedestrian shelter collapsed, one person, Tierney Darden, was paralyzed.

The trial over the personal injury lawsuit ended on August 23, 2017.  The jury in the Cook County jury trial awarded Tierney Darden $148 million.

The jury award is summarized in a number of media sources, including the August 23, 2017 dnainfo.com article titled “$148 Million Awarded To Dancer Paralyzed In O’Hare Bus Shelter Collapse” as well as the August 23 CBS News article titled “Jury awards $148M to woman paralyzed after airport accident.”  An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article:

Family members said the suburban woman, a former dancer and student at Truman College, has been in constant pain since the accident on Aug. 2, 2015. She was returning to Chicago from a trip to Minneapolis to shop for bridesmaid dresses when a storm came through the area and a pedestrian shelter weighing 750 pounds loosened and fell on top of her.

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She is now paralyzed from the waist down and a pain expert testified her spine “stretched until it popped and ripped.”

Attorneys said the shelter was missing bolts, and an investigation “found other shelters at O’Hare that were poorly maintained with missing bolts, corroded parts or broken brackets.”

Additional information can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illinois Motorcycle Crashes Involving Head Injuries

Brain injuries can occur in a variety of accidents.  On this site, brain injuries have often been discussed due to their impact on one’s health.  While some head injuries – like mild concussions – can have short-term symptoms that subside with time – there are many other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that vary in their severity and can have severe and lasting impacts on short- and long-term health.  For those severe brain injuries that aren’t fatal, some injuries cause permanent impairments, and may require significant amounts of medical treatment, including various types of rehabilitation.  Since medical treatment for traumatic brain injuries is often costly and can have other adverse financial impacts (such as lost wages due to inability to work) personal injury lawsuits are often filed if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party.

Among accidents that often result in head injuries is motorcycle accidents.

Recently, there have been a number of Illinois motorcycle accidents that have involved various types of head injuries.

Among these motorcycle accidents include:

For those that have been in an accident involving a head impact, there are many steps one should take, including both those from a legal and medical standpoint.  For many reasons, it is highly recommended that any significant head impact be assessed by qualified medical personnel as soon as possible.

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Head Injuries Resulting From Joliet Pedestrian Accident

As often discussed on this site, among the most serious accident injuries are those that involve head injuries.  On this site, posts in which concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries caused by Illinois accidents are discussed are seen under the “head injuries” category.  Additionally, additional aspects of traumatic brain injuries and related topics are discussed on the following pages:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) 

Concussions

Long-Term Health Consequences Of Repeated Head Impacts

Concussions In Sports

Helmet Usage Recommendations

Brain injuries vary by their severity, can have complex impacts on one’s health and can by caused by a variety of accidents and sports activities.  A July 21, 2017 pedestrian accident in Joliet resulted in serious head injuries to the injured 41-year-old woman.

According to preliminary accident investigation findings from the Joliet Police Department, the pedestrian tried to quickly run across oncoming traffic on Larken Avenue – near Theodore Street – at approximately 8:35 p.m.  She was then struck by a 2004 white Toyota Camry.

The woman was flown to Loyola Medical Center in Chicago after being taken to Presence Saint Joseph’s in Joliet for treatment of her accident injuries.

An excerpt from the July 24, 2017 Joliet Patch article titled “Woman, 41, Battles For Her Life After Being Hit By Car In Joliet,” quoting Joliet Deputy Police Chief Edgar Gregory:

According to Gregory, the victim was knocked unconscious, suffering a concussion, bleeding from the brain, a fractured jaw and fractures to her legs, among other injuries. Joliet firefighters rushed her by ambulance to Saint Joseph’s. She did not regain consciousness, prompting her to be airlifted to Loyola.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch article mentioned above, as well as The Herald-News article of July 23 titled “Woman hit by car in Joliet on Friday.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Illinois ATV Accident Results In One Fatality And One Injured

Riding ATVs, often referred to as “three-wheelers” and “four-wheelers,” often entail many types of risks, especially since the terrain these vehicles are ridden on is often rough and unpredictable in nature.  Many Illinois ATV accidents have occurred, and some have resulted in fatalities.

On this site, ATV accidents – including those that have been fatal – are found under the under the “ATV Accidents” category.  Many of these accidents involve children and teenagers.  The potential hazards of teenagers riding ATVs is discussed in the July 14, 2014 post titled “ATV Safety Issues For Teenage Riders.”

A fatal ATV accident occurred in Carlinville, Illinois (in Macoupin County) on Wednesday, June 31, 2017.

The accident is discussed in the June 1, 2017 fox2now.com article (with video) titled “Teen killed, sister seriously injured in ATV crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

A 15-year-old boy was killed and his 12-year-old sister injured when the all terrain vehicle they were riding crashed, the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department said.

Investigators with the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an ATV accident Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. on Kelly Road in Shipman, Illinois. First responders found Adam Heyen and his sister ejected from the ATV. Investigators said it appears Heyen lost control of the ATV and crashed.

Adam Heyen was killed in the accident. His sister was flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Two Recent Illinois Work Accidents Result In Fatalities

Fatal workplace accidents, as well as those that occur at construction sites, can happen for various reasons.  Some of these reasons include poor employee training, lack of clear communication, improper work safety procedures, and faulty equipment and faulty machinery.  While some fatal accidents are the fault of the worker, other such fatal accidents are the fault of other parties.

Two recent fatal Chicago-area work accidents have occurred, one in Northbrook and one in Wilmington.

Details on both of these fatal work accidents are somewhat limited.  The exact cause of the accident does not appear to be publicly available at this time.

In the first accident, which occurred on Saturday (May 13, 2017) afternoon, a man died after a commercial mower fell onto him.  The man, who was identified as Richard L. Bowden, 62, died as a result of the accident.  The accident occurred at the Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook.

Additional details regarding this fatal accident can be seen in a variety of sources, including the May 15, 2017 Northbrook Star article titled “Man dies after being pinned under lawn mower at Green Acres.”

In the second accident, which occurred on Monday (May 15) morning in Wilmington an ironworker, identified as Jason Clark, 44, of Bourbonnais, fell from a roof to his death.

Additional details regarding this Wilmington accident can be seen in a variety of sources, including the May 15 Joliet Patch article titled “Fall From Roof Killed Ironworker.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Man Dies Following Accident At Joliet Construction Site

Fatal accidents that happen in the workplace, as well as those that occur at construction sites, can happen for various reasons.  Some of these reasons include poor training, lack of clear communication, improper safety procedures, and faulty equipment.  While some fatal accidents are the fault of the worker, other such fatal accidents are the fault of other parties.

There was a fatal accident at a construction site in Joliet on Friday morning, April 14, 2017.

An excerpt regarding the incident, as seen in the April 15, 2017 The Herald-News article titled “Coroner:  Construction worker dies after ‘workplace mishap’ in Joliet“:

Christopher J. Verstraete was pronounced dead at 9:13 a.m. in the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center emergency room, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary autopsy reports revealed Verstraete suffered an incised wound to the neck.

Verstraete, 33, was a construction worker involved in a “workplace mishap” in the 1100 block of Van Dyke Road, according to the coroner’s office.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in The Herald-News article mentioned above as well as the April 15 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Construction Worker Dies In ‘Workplace Mishap’: Coroner.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Man Dies Following Work Accident In Lake Zurich, Illinois

Illinois workplace accidents can happen for a variety of reasons.  Common accident causes include lack of supervision; lack of focus on safety; poor employee training; lack of communication; unsafe work conditions; defective equipment; and improper and/or inadequate tools.  Poor management practices and/or attempts to reduce expenses often contribute to accidents.

There are also many other reasons that can play a role in whether an employee is injured or killed while working.  Many fatal workplace accidents appear to be avoidable.

On this site, work accidents that occur in Illinois – many fatal – are discussed in posts found under the “Illinois Workplace Accidents” category.

As with any accident in which someone has been seriously hurt or fatally injured, a qualified personal injury lawyer can determine if there was negligence involved and whether accident injury compensation may be attainable.  Depending upon the specifics of the accident and the associated legal issues, the filing of a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate.  In the case of a fatal accident, the filing of a wrongful death suit may be warranted.

There was a fatal work accident Wednesday (March 29, 2017) in Lake Zurich.  Details on the fatal accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Police responded to the accident, which occurred at Chicagoland Paving Contractors at 225 Tesler Road, at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Preliminary information indicates that the accident happened as a 58-year-old man (later identified as Jack Eiler) was fatally struck by a paving truck or paving equipment that he had been working on.  He died at the accident scene.

Additional details concerning this fatal Illinois workplace accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the March 29 Lake Zurich Courier article titled “Man killed in accident at Lake Zurich paving business” as well as the March 29 Daily Herald article titled “Man killed by equipment at Lake Zurich business” and the March 31 CBS Chicago article titled “North Suburban Singer Dies In Lake Zurich Paving Company Accident.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Trip And Fall Lawsuit Regarding Parking Lot Injury

On this site there have been a number of injuries discussed that have been termed “slip and fall” accidents.  These posts are typically listed in the “slip and fall” category.

These various accidents in which people have fallen and injured themselves have occurred for a number of reasons.  Many such incidents happen when people slip and fall on slippery surfaces, such as on ice, or on liquids on store floors.

Another reason has been improperly maintained sidewalks.  Sidewalks that are crumbling and/or otherwise uneven can cause people to trip and fall.

Many of these accident injuries lead to injury lawsuits.  While there are many reasons why a lawsuit may be filed, typically those who have been injured seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other expenses caused by the accident injuries.

A lawsuit summarized in the Madison Record article of January 30, 2017 (“Customer allegedly lost leg from trip, fall at Jerseyville Hardee’s“) discusses an alleged incident in which a woman tripped and fell in a restaurant parking lot.  An excerpt from the article, referring to plaintiff Margaret Lorsbach, of Jersey County:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 11, 2015, she was walking from her vehicle to the south entrance of the defendants’ premises when she tripped and fell due to a difference in elevation from a parking lot to a sidewalk. As a result, she alleges she suffered injuries that led to a leg amputation.

Lorsbach alleges the defendants allowed a hazardous condition on the premises and failed to warn about it.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Man Dies Following Dog Attack In Quincy, Illinois Home

As seen in various media accounts as well as the Illinois dog attack posts seen on this site, dogs that attack people can lead to many types of serious injuries.  For dog attacks in which injuries are not fatal, extensive injuries and possible disfigurement – including scarring – are common.

Medical bills and other costs can be substantial.  Given these injuries and accompanying costs, victims of serious dog attacks often have a significant need for injury compensation.

Some dog attack injuries can be fatal, as seen in some of the attacks summarized on this site.

There was an incident early in the morning of Sunday, February 26, 2017, in which a man died following a dog attack in Quincy, Illinois.

Details on the attack are somewhat limited, as the investigation is still being conducted, and the official cause of death has not yet be determined.

An excerpt from the February 26, 2017 wgem.com article (with video) titled “Adams County Coroner releases name of victim who died following dog attack“:

Quincy Police said Sunday that they were conducting a death investigation after a dog attacked a man.

The man who died was identified as Jamie Owsley, 21, of Quincy.  He was attacked within a Quincy home at 3:26 a.m. Sunday morning.

Additional details regarding this fatal Illinois dog attack can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the wgem.com article mentioned above as well as the February 27 whig.com article titled “Quincy man dead from apparent dog attack.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.