Accidents Involving Brain Injuries In Chicago June 2018

Accidents involving brain injuries are often discussed on this site, as such injuries often lead to temporary as well as permanent impairments.  They can occur in a broad range of accidents.

Some brain injuries have short-term impacts.  For example, mild concussions can have short-term symptoms that subside with time.  However, even in these instances, the long-term impact on health is unclear, and many believe that numerous mild concussions can have significant long-term health implications.

For severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that aren’t fatal, some injuries can lead to permanent impairments.  In such instances, significant amounts of medical treatment, including various types of rehabilitation, may be required.  Since medical treatment for traumatic brain injuries is often costly and can have other adverse financial impacts (such as lost wages due to an inability to work) personal injury lawsuits are often filed if the accident was the fault of another person or party.

In some instances, accidents involving brain injuries lead to death.  Such is the case involving two recent Chicago incidents in which people fell and struck their heads.

The first accident occurred on Monday (June 11, 2018) near the Wrigley Building.  This accident is further discussed in the June 12, 2018 Daily Southtown article titled “18-year-old Burbank man dies in fall from walkway near Wrigley Building.”  In this accident a man fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and hit his head.

The second accident occurred on Tuesday (June 12, 2018) afternoon at a trade show at the Merchandise Mart.  In this accident (further discussed in the June 13, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Florida woman dies in fall from swing at NeoCon Show in Merchandise Mart” a woman (Jacqueline E. Albertine, 57) fell from a swing and hit her head.

An excerpt from the article:

Albertine, of Miami Beach, Florida struck her head and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:23 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. An autopsy Wednesday found she died of blunt force head trauma and her death was ruled an accident.

Additional details regarding accidents involving brain injuries 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 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.

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.

Brain Injuries Experienced In Two Recent Chicago Area Accidents

Serious brain injuries can happen in a variety of accidents.  There are a range of brain injuries that vary in their severity and impact on one’s short- and long-term health.  While concussions are common head injuries, there are many conditions that can accompany concussions that are serious in nature and can have long-lasting health impacts.  This is especially so if one suffers many concussions, as well as if one concussion closely follows another.

One of the serious medical conditions that can accompany a head impact is bleeding on the brain.  A recent Evanston car collision led to a man having bleeding on the brain.  The accident is summarized in the January 22, 2017 post titled “Single-Car Crash In Evanston Injures Three Men.”

An excerpt:

The 28-year-old passenger was the most seriously injured and suffered brain bleeding, police said.

Another recent Chicago-area accident in which a fatal head injury occurred happened during a bicycle accident in Barrington.  That accident was discussed in a variety of media sources including the NBC Chicago article of January 16, 2017 article titled “Boy, 12, Dies After Barrington Bicycle 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.

Driver Suffers Brain Injury During Car Rollover Accident

Serious brain injuries can happen in a variety of accidents.  On January 6, 2017, a car rollover accident occurred on Interstate 55 in Troy Township, and the driver suffered a brain injury from which he later passed away from.

Rollover accidents often cause serious injuries, especially if the driver is ejected (thrown from) the vehicle, as was the case in this accident.

The accident happened as a northbound car rolled over on I-55.  The accident happened at approximately 11:15, about a mile north of Interstate 80.

The driver was identified as Ricardo Calderon, 23, of Shorewood.  An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article of January 7, 2017, titled “Fatal Crash on I-55- Shorewood Man Killed in Rollover Wreck,” concerning the accident injuries, which included a traumatic brain injury:

Calderon was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. He had reportedly suffered irreversible brain damage and was placed on a ventilator.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he passed away at Saturday at 8:50 a.m.

An excerpt concerning the cause of the accident, from the January 7, 2016 The Herald-News article titled “Shorewood man killed in I-55 rollover“:

Alcohol and a high rate of speed contributed to the accident, according to state police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and The Herald-News articles 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Driver Suffers Head Injury Caused By Route 53 Road Hazard

Head injuries can happen in a variety of accidents.  Recently, there have been a number of serious head injuries that have happened in Chicago area vehicle accidents, including those in which people were hit by cars.

On October 14, 2016, an accident which caused a head injury to a driver happened in Elk Grove Village.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the abc7chicago.com article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this head injury caused by a road hazard can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald, Arlington Cardinal, and abc7chicago.com articles 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.

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.