Pedestrian Crashes And A Recent $775,000 Injury Lawsuit Settlement

Pedestrian crashes can lead to a range of serious accident injuries. These injuries can vary in severity. Many such injuries lead to the death of the pedestrian, either at the accident scene or at some later time. For those accident injuries that are not fatal, extensive medical treatment, including hospitalization, is often required.

On this site, pedestrian crashes are summarized in posts found under the “Illinois pedestrian accidents” category. As well, various issues involved in a pedestrian crash, including medical and legal issues, are discussed on the “Illinois Pedestrian Accidents” page.

For those that have been injured after being hit by a vehicle, the medical bills and other financial consequences make getting accident injury compensation a paramount issue. Often, medical bills arising from such injuries are substantial, and other financial pressures arising from the injuries can also be highly significant.

The Elman Joseph Law Group has handled many lawsuits concerning pedestrian crashes. It recently settled a Chicago pedestrian crash lawsuit for $775,000.

The case involved an 80-year-old woman, Georgina Melendez, who was struck by a vehicle on March 11, 2017.  The accident occurred at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Ashland and Leland.

According to the police report, the defendant and two witnesses both indicated that at the time of the accident the intersection was dark, and the plaintiff was wearing dark, non-contrasting clothing.

Claimed harm to Georgina Melendez included a dislocated left knee with a post-operative blood clot.  Specifically, the knee injury was an acute complete ACL rupture, with associated slight anterior translation of the proximal tibia relative to the distal femur.

After the operation, the orthopedic surgeon indicated that Georgina Melendez made a nearly full and complete recovery.

Medical bills related to the initial knee surgery were approximately $220,000.

The defendant was insured by State Farm Insurance.

Elman Joseph Law Group has achieved notable settlements and jury verdicts across a range of personal injury cases.  Over the last 25+ years, Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this time, Elman Joseph Law Group has established a reputation for its court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, the Elman Joseph Law Group’s ability to win court cases has often resulted in significantly higher monetary awards for its clients. Some of the more notable awards and accomplishments are highlighted in the “Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit Results And Capabilities” page.

Anthony Elman, the Lead Trial Attorney for the Elman Joseph Law Group, has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various factors including lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.


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’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 25+ years Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, Elman Joseph 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 Joseph Law Group take cases to court.

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.

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