$746,000 Jury Verdict In Illinois Slip & Fall Lawsuit

Slip & Fall Jury Verdict

Anthony R. Elman of the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has successfully achieved a $746,000 gross jury verdict on a slip & fall rotator cuff injury (less 20% for comparative negligence) after a week-long trial involving a slip & fall lawsuit filed on behalf of a 76-year-old woman. The case, Geneva Lewis vs. Pierre’s, was tried in Chicago (Cook County Court) Illinois.

Elman Joseph Law Group took the case to trial after there was no settlement offer from the in-house insurance defense law firm of Maisel and Associates of Traveler’s Insurance Co.

The Slip & Fall Injury

The case involved a 76-year-old plaintiff (Geneva Lewis) who, on February 25, 2009, suffered a rotator cuff tear injury that was caused by a fall allegedly because of a wet floor in Pierre’s Bakery (the defendant) in Blue Island, Illinois. The plaintiff had arthroscopic surgery about year and a half after the accident.

Defendant argued that the floor was completely dry and that there were warning signs present throughout the bakery floor from two hours earlier when the floor was last mopped.  Defendant employees also testified that the floor was inspected after the accident and it was dry. Defense further contended that the 76-year-old plaintiff’s injury to her right shoulder was caused by degenerative arthritis due to her old age.

Further Details In This Illinois Slip & Fall Case

Plaintiff’s medical bills were $85,000. Anthony Elman’s last settlement demand was $250,000, and he requested $1,500,000 from the jury in closing arguments at the jury trial.

The trial occurred from June 17 – June 20, with Judge Michael Panter.

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

Elman Joseph Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its court trial capabilities.  This is important for Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

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

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

Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Joseph Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its court trial capabilities.  This is important for Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

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

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

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

Poorly Maintained Chicago Sidewalks

The problem of crumbling and poorly maintained sidewalks in Chicago was featured in a September 20, 2011 CBS Chicago (Channel 2) segment. This is recapped in an article titled “Thousands Of Crumbling Sidewalks Going Unfixed.”

Some excerpts from the article:

It’s not hard to find cracked, broken and crumbling sidewalks in Chicago. Just about every neighborhood has problem and sometimes dangerous sidewalks and it’s likely to get worse with budget cutbacks threatened by the mayor.

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The 2 Investigators have learned that, over the past three years, the city has paid out $3.5 million to people injured by broken sidewalks.Michael Surratt received one of the largest settlements – $375,000 – after tripping on a hole and falling on a downtown sidewalk.

According to Surratt’s attorney, the accident was compounded by fact that the city of Chicago knew there was a problem with the sidewalk where Suratt fell.

The article gives numerous examples of people who have been injured on damaged sidewalks, and the extent of the broken and cracked sidewalk problem.

Additional details concerning this hazardous Chicago sidewalk problem can be seen in the CBS Chicago 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 Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Joseph Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its court trial capabilities.  This is important for Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group litigate cases. 

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

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

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