$775,000 Injury Lawsuit Settlement For Injured Pedestrian

A $775,000 injury lawsuit settlement has recently been attained by the Elman Law Group, a personal injury and wrongful death law firm based in Chicago. The underlying pedestrian accident injury occurred in Chicago and involved a woman who was hit by a vehicle.

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.

In addition to this $775,000 lawsuit settlement Elman Law Group has achieved notable settlements and jury verdicts across a range of Illinois personal injury cases.  Over the last 25+ years, Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

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

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

As seen in the $775,000 lawsuit settlement summarized above, medical costs to treat pedestrian accident injuries are often substantial. As seen in the many Kane County pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, when a person is hit by a vehicle a broad range of serious injuries can result. While there are many reasons as to why someone who has been injured due to the negligence of another person may want to file a lawsuit, getting injury compensation is often a main motivating factor.

Route 31 Crash Near Gentle Breeze Terrace In Carpentersville

Kane County Loss Of Control Accident

There was a Route 31 crash Tuesday (February 19, 2019) after which the driver died. This accident involved an apparent loss of control after which the car went off the road and crashed into a tree between Lincoln Avenue and Miller Road.

This fatal Route 31 crash is discussed in a number of media sources including the Kane County Connects post of February 21, 2019 titled “Coroner ID’s Carpentersville Man Killed In Route 31 Crash.”

An excerpt:

Upon arriving on the scene officers located a vehicle off the roadway, on its side and up against a tree. Prior to the accident, a witness reported the vehicle was traveling south on Route 31 at a high rate of speed.

The driver and sole occupant of the car, identified as Ray Altamirano, 24, of Carpentersville, was found underneath the car. He was declared dead at the accident scene at 12:44 p.m.

An excerpt regarding the accident investigation:


The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team assisted the Carpentersville Police Department in the investigation of this accident.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Route 31 Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Route 31 crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

[Excessive speed as a contributing factor to accidents is discussed on the “Speed As A Cause Of Accidents Including Those Causing Serious Injuries” page. As discussed on that page, statistics show that excessive speed both increases the probability of an accident as well as increases the likelihood of the severity of accident injuries.]

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Regarding Kane County Motorcycle Accident

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Regarding Kane County Motorcycle Collision

In the August 5, 2016 post (“Fatal Collision Between Motorcycle And Car In Batavia“) an August 4 fatal motorcycle collision was summarized.  In short, a collision occurred after a teenage driver made a left-hand turn immediately in front of a motorcycle, and a collision occurred.  The motorcyclist, Justin Retherford-Speer, 20, of Oswego, died from his accident injuries.  The teenage driver was later cited for failure to yield while turning left.

Recently, it was announced that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Kane County regarding the crash.  For those unaware of what a wrongful death lawsuit is, the Wrongful Death Lawsuits Stemming From Kane County Accidents page provides a discussion of this type of lawsuit.  There can be various reasons why such a lawsuit is pursued.  As well, certain conditions have to be fulfilled before a successful wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.  The trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group can further discuss such a lawsuit and determine whether such a lawsuit is appropriate.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding this Batavia accident is discussed in the September 1, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Wrongful-death lawsuit filed in fatal Batavia crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

Surviving family members of Retherford-Speer, 20, argue in the lawsuit the teen was negligent and failed to protect his safety in a crash at Main Street and Randall Road.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Wrongful Death Lawsuit 

Additional details regarding this fatal Kane County motorcycle accident that led to a wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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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.

Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.  In fact, because of this capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.   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 Kane County and other Illinois personal injurylawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Fatal Accident In Unincorporated Hampshire Township

Fatal Collision In Kane County

There was a fatal single-vehicle collision in Kane County on Thursday morning, April 7, 2016.

The accident happened in unincorporated Hampshire Township.  The accident involved a Honda CRV that was traveling westbound on Lenschow Road.  For a currently undisclosed reason, the vehicle ran into a tree after leaving the roadway on the north side of Lenschow Road, 1/2 mile west of French Road.

An excerpt from the April 7, 2016, The Courier-News article titled “Elgin man killed in Hampshire Township crash“:

Ronald Suitts, 64, of the 900 block of South Street in Elgin, the sole occupant of a 2001 Honda CRV, was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin where he later died, the sheriff’s office said.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Fatal Accident

Additional details regarding this fatal collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Courier-News article mentioned above, as well as the April 7 Crystal Lake-Cary Patch article titled “Driver Killed in Crash in Rural Kane County.”

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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.

Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.  In fact, because of this capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.   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 Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Fatal Pickup Truck Accident In Aurora

Fatal Collision In Kane County

There was a fatal collision in which a pickup truck struck and tree, and then a house, in Aurora.

According to a preliminary investigation by the Aurora Police Department, the accident happened shortly after midnight Monday night (crash on March 21, 2016) as a teenager was driving southbound in the 300 block of Woodlawn Avenue.

At that time, the pickup truck left the roadway and then struck a tree.  As it did so, the pickup truck flipped and the driver was ejected.  The pickup truck struck then struck a house.

After being ejected, the driver had the pickup truck land on top of him.

The driver was identified as Bryan J. Westcott Jr., 18.  He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

An excerpt from the Beacon-News article of March 21, 2016, titled “Teen dies in Aurora Crash“:

No signs of drugs or alcohol were present at the scene, and police are trying to determine the cause of the accident in an ongoing investigation. An autopsy is pending at the Kane County Coroner’s Office in Geneva. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call traffic investigators at 630-256-5330.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Collision

Additional details regarding this fatal Kane County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Beacon-News article seen above as well as the March 21 Aurora Patch article titled “Homeless Teen Dies as His Car Crashes into Vacant House.”

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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.

Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.  In fact, because of this capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.   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 Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Second Lawsuit Concerning Campton Hills December 2012 Collision

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Kane County Crash

There has been a second Illinois lawsuit filed regarding a fatal Kane County “head-on” collision that happened in Campton Hills, Illinois on December 1, 2012.

The first lawsuit, as well as a description of the underlying fatal collision, was summarized in the December 6, 2013 post titled “Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Illinois Car Collision.”

This second lawsuit has been filed by Erin Pazin, who was a passenger in the vehicle that was struck during the collision.  The lawsuit is filed against the estate of Jennifer Liston, who drove the car that struck the vehicle Pazin was an occupant of, and Bruce Greenberg of Wheaton.  The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

The lawsuit is summarized in the December 9, 2014 Kane County Chronicle article titled “Second lawsuit filed in 2012 fatal Compton Hills crash.”

An excerpt from this article:

Pazin argues that Liston was negligent in operating the 2003 Nissan Altima that she drove in the crash. Greenberg was the owner of the Altima, and Pazin argues that he negligently entrusted Liston with his car. The complaint also states that Greenberg observed Liston consume alcohol before the Dec. 1 crash.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Fatal Collision

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Kane County Chronicle article mentioned above, as well as the December 6, 2013 post.

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Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, 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 Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

ATV Collides With Motorcycle In Kane County, Illinois

Off-Road Collision In Kane County

There was a Kane County accident today involving an off-road collision between an ATV and motorcycle.  Two 15-year-old boys sustained serious injuries because of the collision, and were airlifted from the scene of the accident.

According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office the accident happened at approximately 2:25 p.m., near Lily Lake.

According to preliminary information, the three boys were riding off-road vehicles in the area of 45W740 Read Road when one of the boys, riding a motorcycle, apparently stopped for an unknown reason.  A collision ensued as the boy was struck from behind by another boy who was riding an ATV.

Both of these boys sustained head injuries and were flown to hospitals.

Additional Details Concerning This Kane County Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Kane County accident can be seen in the June 17, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Two 15-year-old boys seriously injured after ATV hits motorcycle” as well as the June 17 Kane County Chronicle article titled “Two teens hurt in crash involving ATV, motorcycles near Lily Lake.”

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Elman Law Group is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit 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 Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Fatal Car Accident In Elgin, Illinois

Fatal Car Accident In Kane County

There was a fatal car accident in Elgin, Illinois on Tuesday evening (May 27, 2014) that happened as a parolee fled police in his car.

This fatal Kane County accident happened at approximately 5:08 p.m., after the parolee fled from Elgin Police as they attempted to stop him at Dundee and Jefferson Avenues.  

The parolee was identified as Steven “Stevie” T. Luellen, 34, of Elgin.  Elgin Police had attempted to stop him on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.

As Luellen attempted to elude Elgin Police, he “ran a stop sign” at Jefferson and Liberty Street, and his car collided with a Mazda MPV traveling northbound on Liberty Street.  

The MPV was driven by Miguel A. Tellez, 35, of Carpentersville.  He was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital were he was pronounced dead.

Luellen and a passenger in his car were both hospitalized.

According to Elgin Police, they did not chase the vehicle driven by Luellen.

Additional Information Concerning This Fatal Kane County Car Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Kane County fatal vehicle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 28 The Courier-News article titled “Victim identified in fatal crash” as well as the May 28 Huntley Patch article titled “Police Identify Man Killed After Parolee Flees Cops, Crashes Into Victim’s Vehicle.”

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Elman Law Group is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit 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 Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.