Cook County Jury Awards $26 Million For Taxi Accident Injuries

A Cook County jury has awarded nearly $26 million to a man and his wife with regard to a taxi accident that happened on Interstate 294 (I-294) in 2005.

The man, Marc M. Jacobs, a lawyer at the time of the accident, was injured in the Augst 31, 2005 crash when the taxi that he was a passenger in crashed into a concrete barrier after the taxi driver lost control of the cab.

An excerpt from the March 17, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Jury gives millions to man who was injured in 2005 taxi crash“:

In August 2005, Jacobs was riding in a taxi back to his Hinsdale home. The taxi was speeding on I-294 as it exited at Ogden Avenue, the release said, and it ended up on a grass drainage area near the ramp and then zoomed 32 feet through the air and crashed into a concrete barrier.

According to the lawsuit, as a result of the accident Jacobs suffered severe brain damage and as such could not continue working.

Jacobs was 44 at the time of the accident.  In the Tuesday (March 17, 2015) jury verdict, Jacobs was awarded approximately $21.99 million and his wife approximately $3.96 million.

An excerpt from the March 18, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Jury awards $26 million to lawyer injured in 2005 taxi crash“:

Marc and Debbie Jacobs filed a lawsuit accusing the driver, Cornelus C. Ezeagu, of negligence. Their lawsuit also named the owner of the cab, Matthew Ezeagu, as well as Yellow Cab Affiliation, Inc., and other companies, but the verdict was against the driver and Yellow Cab only.

Jacobs suffered “injuries of a personal and pecuniary nature” and his wife suffered “loss of services, support, affection, society, companionship and consortium of her husband,” according to the complaint.

Additional details regarding this Cook County jury verdict can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald 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.

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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.

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Verdict In Illinois Parking Lot Injury Lawsuit

There are many types of vehicle accidents as well as vehicle accident injuries.  These vehicle accidents have happened in various locations.  Occasionally, there have been Illinois vehicle accidents that have occurred in parking lots.

The December 10, 2014 Madison Record article titled “Madison County jury rules for plaintiff in Walmart parking lot injury” discusses a jury verdict regarding accident injuries that occurred in a parking lot in Wood River, Illinois.

The underlying accident happened at a Wood River Walmart on December 1, 2010.  The plaintiff in the case, in which the trial was held on December 8, was Charles Foster and the defendant was Jennifer Byrd.

An excerpt from the Madison Record article:

Foster claimed that he and his wife were walking through the parking lot of the Wood River Walmart toward the store entrance on Dec. 1, 2010, when Byrd struck him as she attempted to back her vehicle out of its parking space. Foster was knocked down.

Because of the accident, in addition to his severe injuries, Foster alleged that he suffered pain, lost wages, lost his enjoyment of life and experienced suffering and disability.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Madison Record article 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.

$180 Million Awarded In Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion

Three men who were badly injured during an explosion in a grain elevator in Chester, Illinois, were awarded $180 million.

The award was comprised of punitive damages totaling $100 million and compensatory damages for the remaining $80 million.

Compensatory damages will be roughly split among the victims in the following amounts: $41.5 million to John Jentz of St. Peter, Minnesota; $34 million to Justin Becker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and $2.9 million to Robert Schmidt of Hutchinson, Minnesota.

An excerpt from the MyFoxChicago story of June 4 titled “$180M for 3 hurt in Chester grain elevator blast” :

During the trial, their attorneys argued that not only had the bin not been properly cleaned in nearly two decades, but that for weeks the company had been warned that the bin could explode at any moment — warnings it did not act upon or even share with the three victims and other workers.

The grain elevator was owned by ConAgra, who says it will appeal the decision.

The explosion, which severely injured the victims, happened when the men were removing equipment from a concrete grain bin at ConAgra’s site, and the bin exploded.

A description of the three victims’ injuries and resulting disabilities can be found in the June 4, 2012 ABC7Chicago story titled “$180M for 3 hurt in Ill. grain elevator blast.”

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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 is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its court trial capabilities.  This is important for Elman Law Group’s clients because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

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.