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.

Injuries That Occur When A Person Slips And Falls

When a person slips and falls (or, alternately, trips and falls) there can be a wide range of accident injuries that result.  Depending on the situation, there can be a wide range of injuries, with some being potentially serious injuries.  Among common injuries that occur when a person slips and falls are bruises, bone fractures (broken bones), back injuries, and concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries.

Such “Slip & Fall” accidents typically happen at a property, store, street or sidewalk.  Parking lots are another common area where a person slips and falls.

Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property safe and in proper working order.  If an unsafe condition exists, the property owner should alert of such a condition and fix it.   If the owner fails to do so they may be liable for any injuries that may occur due to deficiencies.

A lawsuit has been filed regarding a woman’s injuries after she allegedly slipped and fell in an Edwardsville store parking lot.  The lawsuit is discussed in the April 6, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Shopper sues over slip, fall at Edwardsville Best Buy.”  An excerpt:

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 7, 2016, she was injured when she slipped and fell on the accumulated ice on the parking lot at the Best Buy store in Edwardsville.

As a result, Starkey claims she suffered injuries, incurred medical expenses, lost wages and endured pain and suffering.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to remove ice that had accumulated on the parking lot, failed to barricade the ice to prevent customers from walking across it and failed to provide adequate warning.

Additional details regarding these injuries that occur when a person slips and falls 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.

ATV Accident In Assumption, Illinois Causes Severe Injuries

There was an ATV accident in Assumption that injured three boys (in the 7th grade) on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  One boy was seriously injured.  His injuries included traumatic brain injuries including two skull fractures and swelling of the brain.

Details on the cause of the accident appear limited at this time.

The accident is discussed in various media sources, including the herald-review.com article of January 23, 2018 (“Central A&M rallies around 3 students hurt in ATV accident“) as well as the January 22 wandtv.com article titled “Assumption child airlifted after ATV accident.”

An excerpt from the herald-review.com article:

Central A&M seventh-graders Logan Virden, Tucker Long and Will Thompson were injured on Saturday when they lost control of the four-wheeler on which they were riding, Logan’s mother Joni Virden said. She said Logan was most seriously injured because he landed in a 6-foot creek bottom.

Logan was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield on Saturday for emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, and he was placed in an induced coma, his mother said. He has two skull fractures, fractures in his sinuses, eye socket and pelvis and two fractured vertebrae, she said.

Various fundraising activities, including a GoFundMe page, are discussed on the wandtv.com article.

Additional details regarding this Illinois ATV crash 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.

Construction Accident In Streamwood Leads To Death Of Worker

Construction accidents that result in fatalities can occur for various reasons.  Some of these reasons include poor training, faulty material, lack of communication, improper safety procedures, and faulty equipment.  Many such accidents are not the fault of the construction worker.

A fatal accident happened during construction of a sewer line in Streamwood.

The accident involved a construction worker who was working to install lining in a sewer pipe on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

An excerpt regarding the accident, as seen in an October 26, 2017 Daily Herald article:

The 22-year-old from Gurnee was doing that job Wednesday when authorities say the resin lining he and his crew installed in a sewer main under a Streamwood residential street collapsed, trapping him in the pipe where he ultimately died.

The worker was identified as Brett Morrow.

The accident remains under investigation by various parties including the village of Streamwood Village Manager Sharon Caddigan and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Autopsy results are pending.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois construction accident can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the October 26 Beverly Patch article titled “Construction Worker Dies In Manhole During 4-Hour Rescue Mission.”

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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.

Jury Award Concerning O’Hare Shelter Collapse That Paralyzed Woman

There have been many serious injuries – including some fatal – that have occurred due to poorly maintained infrastructure in Chicago and the Chicago area.  Many of these accidents and accompanying injuries have been summarized on this site.

The causes for these accidents is broad, and the infrastructure involved can take many forms.  Common causes for such accidents include infrastructure that is old (past useful life) and/or dilapidated, or hasn’t been properly maintained.  Infrastructure involved includes unsafe sidewalks, streets, sewers, roofs, street lights, and traffic signal poles.

Another type of infrastructure that is prone to collapse is public shelters, such as those at bus stops.

One such shelter collapse happened when high winds occurred at O’Hare Airport on August 2, 2015.  This accident was summarized in the post of August 14, 2015, titled “Lawsuit Filed Over Shelter Collapse At O’Hare Airport.”  While several members of a family were injured when the pedestrian shelter collapsed, one person, Tierney Darden, was paralyzed.

The trial over the personal injury lawsuit ended on August 23, 2017.  The jury in the Cook County jury trial awarded Tierney Darden $148 million.

The jury award is summarized in a number of media sources, including the August 23, 2017 dnainfo.com article titled “$148 Million Awarded To Dancer Paralyzed In O’Hare Bus Shelter Collapse” as well as the August 23 CBS News article titled “Jury awards $148M to woman paralyzed after airport accident.”  An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article:

Family members said the suburban woman, a former dancer and student at Truman College, has been in constant pain since the accident on Aug. 2, 2015. She was returning to Chicago from a trip to Minneapolis to shop for bridesmaid dresses when a storm came through the area and a pedestrian shelter weighing 750 pounds loosened and fell on top of her.

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She is now paralyzed from the waist down and a pain expert testified her spine “stretched until it popped and ripped.”

Attorneys said the shelter was missing bolts, and an investigation “found other shelters at O’Hare that were poorly maintained with missing bolts, corroded parts or broken brackets.”

Additional information 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 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.

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.