Severe Head Injuries Incurred During Joliet Collision

Head injuries are often discussed on this site, due to both the short- and long-term impacts these injuries can have on one’s overall health.  One aspect of head injuries that are especially problematical is that the long-term health impact of various types of head injuries is, in many cases, unclear.  Recovering from head injuries can take much time and effort, as seen in the Men’s Health article seen in the September 2016 issue titled “The Crash, the Coma, the Comeback.”

During accidents, there are many different types of head injuries that can occur.  Among common injuries are concussions.  However, other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur.

Any time a head injury occurs, it is recommended that it be immediately assessed by a qualified medical professional.  Head injuries can often be serious, and in some cases fatal.  More information with regard to head trauma can be seen on the Traumatic Brain Injuries page.

Recent vehicle and pedestrian accidents in Illinois, including those in the Chicago area, have involved various types of head injuries.  One such accident was a four-vehicle “chain-reaction” collision Monday morning (July 18, 2016) in Joliet.  The accident happened at Cass Street and Collins Street.

According to the Joliet Police Department, the accident happened at 6:05 a.m., when a 2002 GMC Envoy was stopped at a red light on eastbound Cass Street.  At that time, it was “rear-ended” by a Ford Econoline van.

This collision caused the vehicles to go into the intersection, at which point they collided with two other vehicles.

Joliet Police officers administered CPR to the driver of the Envoy.  He may have been in respiratory arrest.  The 54-year-old man was initially taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, and later was flow to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.  His injuries included what was described by Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory as “severe head injuries.”

The driver of the Econoline van, identified as Octavio Vargas, 53, of Joliet, was also taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this “chain-reaction crash” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 18 The Herald-News article titled “Two hospitalized after crash in Joliet” as well as the July 18 Joliet Patch article titled “CPR Performed on SUV Driver After 4-Vehicle Crash in Joliet.”


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.

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

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