A Cook County jury has awarded nearly $26 million to a man and his wife with regard to a taxi accident that happened on Interstate 294 (I-294) in 2005.
The man, Marc M. Jacobs, a lawyer at the time of the accident, was injured in the Augst 31, 2005 crash when the taxi that he was a passenger in crashed into a concrete barrier after the taxi driver lost control of the cab.
An excerpt from the March 17, 2015 Daily Herald article titled “Jury gives millions to man who was injured in 2005 taxi crash“:
In August 2005, Jacobs was riding in a taxi back to his Hinsdale home. The taxi was speeding on I-294 as it exited at Ogden Avenue, the release said, and it ended up on a grass drainage area near the ramp and then zoomed 32 feet through the air and crashed into a concrete barrier.
According to the lawsuit, as a result of the accident Jacobs suffered severe brain damage and as such could not continue working.
Jacobs was 44 at the time of the accident. In the Tuesday (March 17, 2015) jury verdict, Jacobs was awarded approximately $21.99 million and his wife approximately $3.96 million.
An excerpt from the March 18, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Jury awards $26 million to lawyer injured in 2005 taxi crash“:
Marc and Debbie Jacobs filed a lawsuit accusing the driver, Cornelus C. Ezeagu, of negligence. Their lawsuit also named the owner of the cab, Matthew Ezeagu, as well as Yellow Cab Affiliation, Inc., and other companies, but the verdict was against the driver and Yellow Cab only.
Jacobs suffered “injuries of a personal and pecuniary nature” and his wife suffered “loss of services, support, affection, society, companionship and consortium of her husband,” according to the complaint.
Additional details regarding this Cook County jury verdict can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald articles mentioned above.
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.