McHenry County Fatal Pedestrian Accident Involving Head Trauma

In the last post (“Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Experienced In Pedestrian Accidents“) head injuries that are incurred during pedestrian accidents was discussed.  A recent fatal pedestrian accident that happened in Naperville was highlighted.

Another Illinois fatal pedestrian accident happened on Saturday night (November 19, 2016.)   This accident happened in unincorporated Woodstock, and accident injuries included blunt force injuries to the head.  The accident happened on Illinois Route 47 as a pickup truck stuck a pedestrian as the man was attempting to cross the roadway.

According to preliminary crash investigation results provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office (in a media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Pedestrian Crash“) the accident happened at 11:10 p.m. as a Ford F150 was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 47.  When the truck was in the 1800 block, it struck the man.

At that location the roadway is unlit and there is no crosswalk.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release mentioned above:

The pedestrian was treated at the scene by Sheriff’s personnel and the Woodstock Fire Protection District, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Toxicology is pending on the pedestrian through the Coroner’s office.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office identified the pedestrian as Eduardo M. Olivia Masse.  An excerpt from the November 21, 2016 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Coroner IDs Man Killed While Crossing Route 47“:

An autopsy performed on Monday revealed Masse died of blunt force injuries to the head, chest and abdomen, according to the coroners office. Toxicology is pending on the pedestrian through the coroner’s office, authorities said.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured during the crash.

The traffic accident investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal McHenry County Pedestrian Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal pedestrian accident can be seen in the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Crystal Lake Patch sources mentioned above.

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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.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Experienced In Pedestrian Accidents

In a November 1, 2016 post (“Jeep Strikes Pedestrian In Naperville Following Loss Of Control“) a Naperville pedestrian accident was summarized.  In that accident, the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a Jeep whose driver apparently lost control of her vehicle.

The pedestrian, later identified as Melanie J. Setterbo, 37, of Joliet, suffered what was at the time was considered to be life-threatening injuries.  She died from those accident injuries on November 5.

An excerpt from the November 15, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled “Pedestrian dies of injuries in Naperville crash“:

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman said Setterbo died Nov. 5 of “a traumatic brain injury, due to being struck by a motor vehicle.” An autopsy and toxicological testing will not be conducted in the case, which has been “finalized, the spokeswoman said.

While this accident happened as the pedestrian was walking away from the roadway (on the parkway), pedestrian accidents often happen as people are walking within crosswalks, or otherwise at intersections.  Pedestrian accidents are notable in many regards, and injuries can be severe in nature.  Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as that experienced in the Melanie Setterbo accident mentioned above, have been seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents.

On this site, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often discussed, with individual accidents involving head trauma seen in posts listed in the “head injuries” category.  Head trauma is especially concerning as, depending upon the characteristics of the injury, it can lead to a variety of short- and long-term adverse health consequences and impairments, and in some cases death.  There are various types of head injuries, with different types of symptoms and outcomes.  As the symptoms of head injuries may not immediately become apparent just after a head impact – even in cases of serious head injuries – it is recommended that any significant head impact be immediately assessed by a medical professional.

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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.

Lawsuit Regarding Fall Injury On Chicago Sidewalk

On this site there have been a number of injuries discussed that have occurred on improperly maintained sidewalks.  These injuries have occurred in a number of areas, including Chicago.  Other accidents caused by improperly maintained infrastructure (such as light poles, streets, and sewers) have also been featured.  These posts are typically listed in the “slip and fall” category.

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

A recent lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, filed against the City of Chicago, alleges that an accident injury occurred on a city sidewalk.

The lawsuit is featured in the Cook County Record article of November 10, 2016, titled “City of Chicago accused of being liable for woman’s fall injuries.”  An excerpt:

Ollie Mason filed a complaint on Nov. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court against the city, alleging the city failed to keep the sidewalk free of any hazards that could cause an accident.

As seen in the article, gravel on the sidewalk appears to have been a factor in the fall on the sidewalk that caused 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 People Suffer Head Injuries During Car-Motorcycle Head-On Collision

As discussed frequently on this site, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have many short- and long-term health consequences, and in many cases such head injuries can lead to serious impairments and sometimes death.

Due to the various dynamics of motorcycle crashes – especially those that involved “head-on” collisions – serious head injuries often occur.

A fatal car-motorcycle crash occurred on Saturday night (November 5, 2016) outside of Valparaiso, in which both the motorcyclist and motorcycle passenger were hurt and their injuries included head trauma.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 6, 2016, titled “Woman charged with DUI for fatal motorcycle crash in Valparaiso“:

Nanette Howard, 55, was a passenger on the 1990 maroon Harley Sportster motorcycle about 7:50 p.m., traveling west on U.S. Highway 6 approaching County Road 550 East in Valparaiso, when the bike was struck head-on by a 2005 blue Chevrolet Cobalt, according to a statement from the Porter County sheriff’s office.

Police said the Cobalt pulled out in front of the motorcycle while turning onto eastbound Highway 6 from southbound County Road 550 East.

Howard was flown to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of her accident injuries, which included head injuries and leg injuries.  She died later that night.

The motorcyclist was identified as Donald McCarthy, 68, of Chesterton.  He also suffered head injuries as well as foot injuries.  He was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary for treatment of his accident injuries.

Neither McCarthy or Howard were wearing motorcycle helmets at the time of the accident.

The driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt was identified as Rachel Dover, 24.

Two excerpts from the November 7 nwitimes. com article titled “Police seek more charges after woman in crash dies“:

Rachel Dover, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was arrested after the crash about 7:50 p.m. Saturday on two counts of felony operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor OWI counts.

also:

Dover also was cited the night of the crash for failure to yield the right of way and refusal to submit to a chemical test, police said.

Additional details regarding this fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in the Chicago Sun-Times and nwitimes.com articles mentioned above, as well as the November 7 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Charged With DUI For Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Valparaiso.”

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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.

ATV Accident Leads To Death Of 11-Year-Old Boy In Williamson County

There have been many Illinois accidents involving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are also commonly referred to as “three-wheelers” and “four-wheelers.”  Many of these injuries have involved serious injuries, including head injuries, and some have led to the death of the ATV rider or passenger.

Various all-terrain vehicle accidents have been summarized on this site, and are found listed in the “ATV Accidents” category.  One of the posts (“ATV Safety Issues For Teenage Riders“) discusses safety issues for teenagers.

There was a fatal ATV accident Saturday (October 29, 2016) afternoon in Ziegler, Illinois (Williamson County.)  An 11-year-old boy died from accident injuries shortly after an ATV crash at the Wright Mud Fest.  Details on what caused the crash do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

The accident remains under investigation by the Williamson County Coroner’s Office and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal Illinois ATV accident can be found in a variety of media sources, including the October 31, 2016 The Herald-News article titled “Boy dead after ATV accident in Southern Illinois” as well as the October 29 kfvs12.com article (with video) titled “11-year-old boy dies in ATV crash in Williamson Co., IL.”

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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.

Lincoln Park Pedestrian Accident Causes Head Injury

Head injuries, including concussions as well as other types of head trauma, have been discussed frequently on this site.  Head injuries are particularly problematic from an overall health perspective for many reasons.  Among the more worrisome aspect of head injuries is that the long-term health impact of various types of head injuries is, in many cases, unclear.  As well, depending upon the type and nature of head injury sustained, various types of impairments – some permanent – can be ongoing in nature.

Another aspect of head injuries is that often head injuries will cause substantial expenses of various types.  As well, there may be an inability to work, which leads to lost wages.

These expenses and lost wages, among other factors, may lead someone who has sustained a head injury to seek accident injury compensation through filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.

During accidents, there are many different types of head injuries that can occur.  Among common injuries are concussions.  However, other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur.

Any time a head injury occurs, it is recommended that one should have it immediately assessed by a qualified medical professional.  Head injuries can often be serious, and in many cases fatal.  More information with regard to head trauma can be seen on the Traumatic Brain Injuries page.

An example of a Chicago pedestrian accident that caused a head injury is summarized below.

The accident was a “hit & run” accident that happened on September 23, 2016, in which two pedestrians were injured in Lincoln Park.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 9, 2016, titled “Man charged with striking two women in Lincoln Park hit-and-run“:

Brenton Holston, 24, faces four counts of leaving the scene of a crash causing great bodily harm and two counts of aggravated reckless driving, all felonies, according to Chicago Police and Cook County court records.

At 8:07 p.m. Sept. 23, the two women — 24 and 34 — were walking in the street headed west in the 1800 block of North Clybourn when a black Acura sedan struck them, police said. The driver then made a U-turn in the middle of Clybourn and struck them both again.

The two pedestrians suffered various injuries during the collision, and were taken to Northwestern Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.

As described in the dnainfo.com article of October 9 titled “Man Charged In Lincoln Park Hit-And-Run That Left 2 Women Injured:  Police,” quoting Chicago Police spokesman Officer Kevin Quaid:

A 24-year-old woman sustained life-threatening injuries to her abdomen, back and buttocks, and her hip was injured, Quaid said. She was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition.

A 34-year-old woman’s head was injured and she was taken to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition, Quaid said.

The traffic accident investigation was conducted by the Chicago Police Major Accidents Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago hit & run pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and dnainfo.com articles seen 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.

Construction Worker Fatally Falls From Wicker Park Building

Fatal accidents that happen in the workplace, as well as those that occur in construction, can happen for various reasons.  Some of these reasons include poor training, lack of clear communication, improper safety procedures, worker error, and faulty equipment.

One example of a fatal construction accident happened on Friday (September 23, 2016) morning in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.  The fatal accident involved a 54-year-old construction worker who fell off of the third floor of a building that was under construction in the 1600-block of West Division Street.

An excerpt from the September 23, 2016 abc7chicago.com article titled “Construction worker dies after 3-story fall in Wicker Park“:

A source said the worker may have been helping to unload building material from a lift bucket through a window area.

Additional details regarding this fatal Chicago construction accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the September 24 CBS Chicago article titled “Death Of Worker Who Fell From Wicker Park Building Ruled 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.

Infrastructure Accident At Chicago’s Union Station Injures Woman

Unsafe public infrastructure is a cause for concern, especially if such infrastructure has caused injuries and/or death.  This unsafe infrastructure can take many forms, including unsafe sidewalks, uncovered sewers, or light posts that fail and fall over.

On this site, various posts have summarized such accidents and their injuries.

Another such example of failing infrastructure that has caused a serious injury happened yesterday (September 13, 2016) at Chicago’s Union Station.

The accident involved concrete falling from the ceiling, and striking a woman on the top of the head.  The woman, Hilda Piell, had profuse bleeding from the head.  The head injury was later diagnosed as a fractured skull.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago infrastructure accident that caused injury can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 13, 2016 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Chunks of Concrete Fall, Fracture Commuter’s Skull at Union Station” as well as the September 13 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Steinberg:  Union Station falling down on commuters’ heads.”

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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.

Motocross Accident In Rockford Leads To Death Of Teenage Girl

Many accident injuries, some fatal, happen during off-road recreational riding of ATVs and motocross riding.  There are many reasons for these accidents, involving the technical nature of such riding, the speeds involved, the terrain, and certain other issues inherent to the operation of ATVs.  On this site, ATV injuries, some fatal, have been discussed in posts found in the “ATV Accidents” category.

There was a fatal motocross accident Sunday (August 28, 2016) at the Rocky Glen OHV Park in Rockford.  The accident happened at 1:25 p.m.

According to authorities, the girl riding the motocross motorcycle apparently lost control of the bike.  The bike fell on her during the crash.  The girl, identified as Nicole Lootans, 14, of Burlington, Wisconsin, was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 2:00 p.m.

Additional details regarding this fatal motocross motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of sources, including the August 29, 2016 Rockford Register-Star article titled “Name of teen killed in Rockford motocross accident released” as well as the August 28 wifr.com article (with video) titled “Teen killed in motorcycle accident at Rocky Glen Park.”

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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.

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.

Head Injuries During Stroller And Child Carrier Use

Concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have been discussed extensively on this site, due to the serious short- and long-term impact such head injuries can have on one’s health.  Many accident injuries, as well as sports injuries, that have led to head injuries have been discussed on this site, and these posts are generally found in the “head injuries” category.  Often, these head injuries, depending on their severity, can generate very high levels of medical bills and other expenses.  In cases where another party’s negligence has caused the person’s injuries, injury compensation is often pursued through a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.

Recently, there has been new research that indicates that the incidence of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in infants and children is significant in stroller and child carrier accidents and mishaps.

The new research is discussed in a variety of sources, including the August 17, 2016 New York Times article titled “More Head Injuries Reported for Babies in Stroller Accidents” as well as the August 17 CBS News article titled “Parents:  2 children get hurt every hour in strollers, baby carriers.”

An excerpt from the New York Times article:

The analysis found that in 1990, fewer than one in five accidents in strollers or baby carriers resulted in traumatic brain injuries or concussions. But by 2010, 42 percent of children in stroller accidents and 53 percent of babies in carrier accidents who were treated in emergency rooms were found to have suffered a brain injury or concussion, according to the report published Wednesdayin the journal Academic Pediatrics.

The higher rates of brain injury in recent years do not necessarily mean that strollers and baby carriers have become more dangerous, the researchers said. Instead, it may be that doctors and other health care providers have become more aware of traumatic brain injury and concussion, said Kristin J. Roberts, the study’s co-author and a research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The article also explains why these injury statistics are likely understated, and provides tips as to how to avoid head injuries and other harm that can occur during stroller and child carrier use.

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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.

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.