Improperly Maintained Sidewalk Focus Of Lawsut Against Joliet

A common accident involving unsafe infrastructure is when there is a “trip and fall” accident involving an improperly maintained sidewalk.  Often, these sidewalks will have broken concrete or some other abnormal condition which may cause a person to lose their balance and trip.  If the person then falls, they may be injured during this fall.  Many “trip and fall” accidents that have been featured on this site have resulted in a range of serious injuries.  Some of these injuries have caused temporary or permanent physical impairments.

The May 10, 2018 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Slip, Fall Lawsuit Settled For Six Figures” discusses a lawsuit naming the City of Joliet as well as the Pace bus service as defendants.  The alleged accident involved a woman (Estella Jurkovich, the plaintiff) who fell after tripping on a Joliet sidewalk near Plainfield Road and Connecticut Avenue.

An excerpt from the article:

The 2013 lawsuit accused Joliet of negligence by “failing to properly inspect the sidewalk upon which the public could walk” and also having “failed to provide a safe walking surface.”

Next month will mark five years since Jurkovich took her tumble to the ground, not far from the Tezak Funeral Home, the lawsuit notes. The lawsuit states that Jurkovich “was caused to fall and be severely injured as a result of the unsafe conditions” of the city sidewalk.

The article further discusses the effect of the injuries and other adversities (including pain and anguish) allegedly caused by the accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning the lawsuit concerning the improperly maintained sidewalk can be seen in the article.

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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.

Negligent Maintenance Claimed In Sidwalk “Trip & Fall” Lawsuit

On this site, many injuries and deaths (as well associated lawsuits) that have been caused by alleged negligent maintenance of unsafe infrastructure have been discussed.  In most instances, these accidents and accompanying injuries are caused because the infrastructure (including sidewalks, streets, sewers, buildings, bus shelters, etc.) has not been properly maintained.  An unsafe condition can develop, which can cause injuries, some of which can be life-threatening to those who have been hurt.

Many of these injuries require hospitalization as well as follow-up medical care, such as tests, surgeries, and rehabilitation.  In many instances lawsuits are filed against the person, company, or other entity (such as a city or state) that owns the infrastructure and has been negligent in its maintenance and/or operation.  These lawsuits typically seek compensation for medical costs, impairments, pain and suffering, any lost wages, and other adversities caused by the injuries.

There was a lawsuit filed against the Village of Bethalto over an alleged incident in which a woman tripped and fell on a sidewalk.

The lawsuit and alleged injuries are discussed on the April 25, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Woman sues Bethalto over sidewalk trip, fall.”  An excerpt:

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on May 12, 2017, Bonnie Coleman was using the public sidewalk located on Woodcrest Drive when she tripped and fell over reinforcement steel used in a concrete manhole.

Coleman claims she sustained severe and permanent injuries that prevented her from attending to her usual duties and affairs. She also claims she has suffered great pain, mental anguish and incurred medical expenses.

Additional details regarding the lawsuit, including claims regarding how the Village was negligent, can be seen in the article.

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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.

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.

Lawsuit Regarding Accident Injuries After Woman Falls Into Manhole

On this site, many injuries and accidental deaths (as well as any associated lawsuit) that have been caused by unsafe infrastructure have been discussed.   There are many types of unsafe infrastructure…some of these types include potholes, broken sidewalks, falling light poles, rusting traffic signal poles, and various types of defective structures such as unsafe bus shelters, failing roofs, and unsafe train shelters.

Many injuries that are caused by deficient infrastructure require hospitalization, and it is common that follow-on medical care such as surgeries, tests, and subsequent rehabilitation will be required.  Some injuries are critical injuries that may lead to death, either immediately or at some later time.

One form of infrastructure that can pose a hazard is that of missing manhole covers.  If these manhole covers are missing or the manhole is not sufficiently covered, it can be a safety hazard to either pedestrians or drivers of vehicles that might drive over the manhole.

There has been a lawsuit filed over injuries caused by an allegedly insufficiently covered manhole.  The lawsuit is discussed in the Madison Record article of March 2, 2018 titled “Woman alleges injuries after falling into manhole in Belleville.”  An excerpt from the article, in which the plaintiff (Tamara Lewis) claims she fell into a manhole in Carlyle Plaza in Belleville:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 1, 2017, she was walking across the rear of Carlyle Plaza’s commercial property when she stepped on a plywood covering that broke, causing her to fall into a manhole.

As a result, Lewis claims she sustained severe, extensive and permanent injuries both internally and externally and was caused to suffer great pain, mental anguish and medical expenses.

Additional details concerning the potential for accident injuries due to unsafe infrastructure 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.

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.

Accident Injuries That Result Due To Unsafe Infrastructure

There are many types of accidents caused by unsafe infrastructure.  Types of unsafe infrastructure include potholes, broken sidewalks, falling light poles, rusting traffic signal poles, and various types of defective structures such as unsafe bus shelters and train shelters.

On this site, injuries that have been caused by such safety hazards are discussed in posts found in the “unsafe infrastructure” category.   As seen in these individual accidents, people who have been hurt in these accidents have suffered many types of injuries.  Many of these injuries require hospitalization and some require additional medical care such as surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation.  Some accidents caused by these safety hazards lead to the death of those who have been injured.

Another form of infrastructure that can pose a hazard is that of missing or dislodged manhole covers.  If these manhole covers are missing or somehow “pop out” when run over by a vehicle, a dangerous situation can arise.

The CBS Chicago investigative segment (article with video) of February 27, 2018, titled “Missing manhole covers pose dangers for Chicago drivers” discusses the issue of missing and dislodged manhole covers in Chicago.  As seen in the article, there have been many complaints concerning manholes.  As seen in the accompanying video, there is potential for someone to be seriously injured, especially in situations where the manhole cover becomes “airborne” and can smash into a vehicle’s windshield.  Chicago streets with the highest number of complaints are mentioned.

Additionally, missing manhole covers can pose a risk to other roadway users such as bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, and motorcyclists.  Bicyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable as they are traveling at higher speeds – and thus have less time to spot a missing cover – and rely on stability to avoid a loss of control accident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these infrastructure issues 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.

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.

Unsafe Infrastructure That May Lead To Accidents And Injuries

Accidents involving unsafe infrastructure have been discussed in many posts on this site.  These accidents have caused a variety of injuries, many of which are serious if not life-threatening in nature.

The types of unsafe infrastructure that can pose a hazard includes unsafe bus shelters, rusting light poles, unsafe buildings, crumbling sidewalks, and large potholes.  However, there are many other types of infrastructure that if poorly maintained can lead to a person being injured.

On January 17, 2018 CBS Chicago ran an investigative segment (article and video) titled “2 Investigators:  Where Light Poles May Fall Next.”  The segment discusses Chicago light poles that are structurally unsafe, largely due to rusting that has impaired their structural integrity.  Many appear to be in danger of falling.

An excerpt from the article:

A teen suffered a broken leg in 2016, and a 13-year-old’s spine was fractured in 2007. Both were walking from school had faulty poles fall on them.

The 2 Investigators obtained 3-1-1 complaints, since 2015, involving fallen or leaning light poles. There were more than 10,000 complaints.

Additional details, including in what City wards had the most complaints, are discussed in the segment.

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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.

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.

Infrastructure That Is Structurally Unsafe Can Cause Injury

Accidents that are caused by defective and/or structurally unsafe infrastructure have been discussed in many posts on this site.  As seen in many of these accidents, injuries can be substantial if not life-threatening in nature.  Some of the types of infrastructure that have caused injuries in Chicago and the broader Chicago area include bus shelters, light poles, potholes in roads, broken pavement on sidewalks, and unsafe sewers.  However, there are many other types of infrastructure that can cause injury if it is somehow deficient, either through faulty design or if it is not properly maintained.

Bus shelters that are unsafe have been highlighted due to the collapse of a bus shelter at O’Hare that caused substantial injuries (including paralysis) to a woman.  That accident, in which the City of Chicago settled a lawsuit for $148 million, was most recently discussed in the August 24, 2017 post titled “Jury Award Concerning O’Hare Shelter Collapse That Paralyzed Woman.”

On December 7, 2017 CBS Chicago ran another investigative video segment (“More Unstable Bus Shelters Across Chicago“) regarding the issue of bus shelters that are structurally unsafe.  Among the problems that were discussed were rusted bolts, rusted supports, corrided and broken clamps, and unsecured glass.

Additional details concerning this defective infrastructure issue and the risks caused 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Infrastructure Injuries And Associated Personal Injury Lawsuits

Serious injuries – including those that lead to death – that have occurred due to poorly maintained infrastructure have been featured on this site.  These Illinois infrastructure accidents can take many forms.  Common accidents that have occurred due to unsafe infrastructure has included unsafe sidewalks, uncovered sewers, shelters that have collapsed, and roofs that have deteriorated to the point that materials fall from them.

However, there are many other types of unsafe infrastructure, including unsafe road conditions, including large potholes, as well as sinkholes that form on roads.  The types and severity of unsafe public infrastructure is broad.

One type of accident has involved light posts that have fallen over, causing injuries.  One such accident was discussed in the May 2, 2016 post titled “Girl Hurt By Falling Light Pole In Hyde Park.”

Another accident -and accompanying personal injury lawsuit – involving a fallen power pole in Vandalia is discussed in the June 3, 2016 Madison Record article titled “Woman says utility pole collapsed and caused her injuries.”  An excerpt:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 7, 2015, while she was operating her Ford pickup truck on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia, a power pole collapsed and struck her vehicle, causing her to sustain severe and permanent injuries to her muscles, tendons, ligaments, soft tissues and bones. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to maintain their utility poles in a safe and upright position, failed to inspect and replace utility poles and failed to conduct periodic inspection.

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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.

Girl Hurt By Falling Light Pole In Hyde Park

Due to aging, usage, and other issues, many cities have unsafe public infrastructure.  This is a cause for concern, especially if such infrastructure’s condition has degraded to the point where it can cause injuries and/or fatalities.  On this site, various posts concerning unsafe sidewalks and other hazardous infrastructure that has caused injuries can be seen in the Slip & Fall category and elsewhere.

In the November 18, 2015 post, the issue of rusting light poles in Chicago was discussed in the post titled “Hazards Caused By Aging Chicago Infrastructure.”  This post highlighted a CBS Chicago segment that discussed various safety issues presented by rusting and dangerous light poles, and mentions of a girl who was allegedly injured by a falling light pole.

On May 2, 2016, there was an accident in which a light pole fell on three students in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.  According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 11:05 a.m., near 52nd Street and Lake Park Avenue.

An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article of May 2, 2016, titled “Light Pole Falls On Teen In Hyde Park And Breaks Her Leg“:

Around 11 a.m., a police sergeant was standing near a group of students in the 5200 block of Lake Park Avenue — a block away from Kenwood Academy High School — when a pole fell and hit them, according to Officer Kevin Quaid, a Chicago Police spokesman.

The sergeant enlisted a group of bystanders to help pull the pole off of them, Quaid said.

According to Chicago Police, a 16-year-old girl was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.  Her injuries included two compound fractures in her leg.

Two other girls were also taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center for a medical exam, although they did not appear to have suffered any visible or otherwise apparent injuries.

Additional details regarding this light pole accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article mentioned above, as well as the May 2 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Three girls hit by falling light pole in Hyde 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 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.