Jury Trials Experience Award Presented To Anthony R. Elman

Jury trials experience can be a critical legal advantage for a plaintiff hoping to receive substantial vehicle accident injury compensation.

As seen on this site, many injuries resulting from McHenry County accidents often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Extensive medical care, even if the patient has insurance, can be very costly. As well, depending upon the injury, there can be other financial hardships such as loss of income either on a temporary or permanent basis.

Following these accident injuries, those who are injured due to the negligence of others often seek to get injury compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. In those instances where negligence has led to a fatality, relevant parties may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Anthony R. Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, recently received a lifetime achievement award testifying to his leading jury trials experience as a plaintiff trial attorney.

On October 24, 2019 more than 300 trial attorneys and Illinois judges attended the annual Trial Lawyer Excellence Award event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This event is hosted by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Media.  The event recognizes the state’s top civil litigation attorneys.

An excerpt from the 2019 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award page:

Fifty-four professionals from both sides of the trial bar received individual Trial Lawyer Excellence awards in one of seventeen 2019 categories.

At this Trial Lawyer Excellence Award Event, Anthony R. Elman received the special Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter historical recognition for “the most reported jury trials as a plaintiff attorney” during the last 30 years.  This award, as well as other awards, verdicts and settlements indicates the level of experience and proven results that the Elman Law Group has achieved in Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

This level of jury trials experience has proven valuable to Elman Law Group clients.  Many clients have received substantially more money for their injuries after the Elman Law Group took their lawsuits to court after settlement offers proved inadequate.

Anthony Elman has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. This designation, which is based upon various criteria encompassing lawyer performance and peer review, is granted to no more than 5% of attorneys.

Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 25 years.  During this 25+ year period, the Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  This breadth of experience and success in jury trials provides valuable insights in determining the course of action that will lead to the optimal resolution of a personal injury or wrongful death case.

Additional information concerning the Elman Law Group and its performance can be seen on the “About” page.

$775,000 Injury Lawsuit Settlement Attained After Woman Hit By Vehicle

A $775,000 injury lawsuit settlement has recently been attained by the Elman Law Group. The underlying pedestrian accident injury occurred in Chicago.

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 “About” 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. Unfortunately, when a person is hit by a vehicle a broad range of serious injuries can result. As seen in the McHenry County pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, many such accidents lead to life-threatening injuries, and some result in fatalities.

Unincorporated Woodstock Fatal Single-Car Accident

Fatal McHenry County Rollover Accident

An Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident led to one fatality and two other vehicle occupants suffering life-threatening injuries. This Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident occurred early in the morning of November 24, 2019. The crash occurred in the 11100 block of Charles Road, which is in unincorporated Woodstock.

The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 25, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office post titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Single-Vehicle Fatal Crash.” An excerpt:

On November 24, 2019 at 2:03 a.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District, and Wonder Lake Fire/Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2019 Toyota Camry that had crashed into a utility pole and tree on Charles Road west of Queen Anne Road.

On-scene investigation indicated that the Toyota had been traveling westbound on Charles Road. For unknown reasons the Toyota left the roadway to the north and struck the utility pole, the tree, and rolled onto its side.

The driver of the Toyota, Shawn Brautigam, 32, was flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville where he remains in critical condition.  One passenger, a 44-year-old Wheaton woman, was also flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville where she remains in serious condition. Another passenger, a 34-year-old Woodstock man, was ejected from the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Woodstock. He was flown by Flight For Life helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford where he was later pronounced deceased.  

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Brautigam was subsequently charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

This Unincorporated Woodstock single-car accident remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit as well as the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details And Possible Updates  

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release mentioned above.

Various aspects of rollover accidents – including steps to take to prevent serious accidents that might occur during such crashes – are discussed on the “McHenry County Rollover Accidents” page.

McHenry Fatal Motorcycle Crash Involving Loss Of Control

Fatal McHenry County Motorcycle Crash

A McHenry fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Friday (October 18, 2019) afternoon. This McHenry fatal motorcycle crash, which happened along Route 120, led to the death of the rider. The rider was identified as Aaron M. Payuk Wise, 22, of Wonder Lake.

This crash is discussed in a number of media sources, including the October 18 Northwest Herald article titled “Wonder Lake motorcyclist dies after McHenry crash.” An excerpt:

The single-vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Route 120 near Ringwood Road. Payuk Wise was traveling east on Route 120 when he lost control of his bike and crashed, McHenry Police Department public information officer Patrick Polidori said.

Payuk Wise was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he underwent surgery but died Friday night, Polidori said.

The accident remains under investigation by the McHenry Police Department. The investigation will seek to determine what caused the loss of control.

Additional Details Regarding This McHenry Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this McHenry fatal motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the Lake & McHenry County Scanner article titled “Wonder Lake man dies after motorcycle crash in McHenry.”

About Motorcycle Loss Of Control Accidents

Motorcycle loss of control continues to be a foremost reason for many serious Illinois motorcycle accidents. As seen in many Illinois fatal motorcycle accidents – including McHenry County crashes summarized on this site – loss of control on a motorcycle often leads to life-threatening injuries. Many of these injuries lead to fatalities, either at the accident scene or at some later time. A wide range of factors can lead to a rider losing control of the bike.

The subject of loss of control is further discussed on the “McHenry County Loss Of Control Accidents” page. The many reasons for a loss of control are discussed, as well as “what to do” if one is involved in a loss of control crash.

McHenry County Fatal Motorcycle Crash Following Loss Of Control

McHenry County Fatal Motorcycle Crash

There was a McHenry County fatal motorcycle crash Wednesday (September 25, 2019) night. This accident involved a loss of motorcycle control.

This crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the September 26, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Motorcycle Crash.”

An excerpt from the media release:

A 43-year-old Harvard man has died as a result of a single motorcycle crash that occurred in unincorporated Wonder Lake Wednesday evening.

At 7:39 p.m., on September 25, 2019, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Wonder Lake Fire Protection District personnel responded to the scene of a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Hancock Drive and East Lake Shore Drive in Wonder Lake.

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2001 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Motorcycle was traveling westbound on Hancock Drive.  For unknown reasons the driver lost control of the motorcycle and it was driven off of the road onto the unpaved median at the intersection.  The driver of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased on scene.

At the time of the accident, the motorcyclist was not wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The motorcyclist was subsequently identified by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office as Jesse G. Rodriguez, 43, of Harvard.

This McHenry County fatal motorcycle crash remains under investigation. The accident investigation is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Motorcycle loss of control remains a foremost cause of serious and fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents. A loss of control crash also led to a fatality in Arlington Heights on September 16.

There are many reasons as to why a rider may lose control of a bike. Among these reasons are unexpected road hazards, defective motorcycle parts, and rider error. Often, an accident investigation needs to be conducted in order to determine the primary cause of the control loss.

Unincorporated Harvard SUV Crash Leads To Fatality

McHenry County Fatal Crash

There was a fatal unincorporated Harvard SUV crash on Sunday, August 11, 2019. This fatal unincorporated Harvard SUV crash was a single-vehicle crash.

The crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the August 12, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash.” An excerpt:

On August 11, 2019 at 7:24 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry County Conservation Police, and the Harvard Fire/Rescue District responded to a single vehicle crash involving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450 that had crashed into two trees on Oak Grove Road west of Illinois Route 14.

On-scene investigation indicated that the Mercedes-Benz had been traveling eastbound on Oak Grove Road. For unknown reasons the Mercedes-Benz crossed over the westbound lane of travel and exited the roadway to the north where it struck two trees and rolled onto its side.

A passenger in the SUV, identified as a 28-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the accident scene. 

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, identified as a 32-year-old man from Niles, was seriously injured. He was flown by helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford for medical treatment.

The accident investigation continues is being conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Additional Details Concerning This Unincorporated Harvard SUV Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal SUV accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Accidents in which the vehicle leaves the roadway often lead to serious accident injuries, and possibly life-threatening harm. When a vehicle leaves the roadway, it is vulnerable to hitting a variety of fixed objects such as trees, utility poles, and buildings. The subject of accidents in which a vehicle leaves the roadway is further discussed on the “Accidents In Which Vehicles Leave The Roadway” page.

Motorcycle Crash Near Bull Valley Results In Fatal Injuries

McHenry County Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash near Bull Valley resulted in fatal crash injuries to the rider. This single-vehicle accident occurred in the evening hours.

Details regarding this June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash appear limited at this time. The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

First responders went to the accident scene, which was on Bull Valley Road near Blackberry Lane, at approximately 11:45 p.m. The motorcyclist was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries. He was in critical condition.

The motorcyclist, identified by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office as Esteban “Steve” Tellez, 42, of Arlington Heights, later died from his accident injuries.

This June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash is discussed in a number of media sources, including the June 25, 2019 Northwest Herald article titled “McHenry County Coroner’s Office IDs man who died after Saturday night motorcycle crash.”

An excerpt from the article:

There is a sharp curve in the road in that area, which may have contributed to the crash, fire officials have said.

This June 22, 2019 motorcycle crash remains under investigation.

Additional Details Regarding This Motorcycle Crash Near Bull Valley

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the June 24 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “1 Dead in Bull Valley Motorcycle Crash.”

There can be many reasons for loss of motorcycle control. These reasons are further discussed on the “McHenry County Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities” page. Motorcycle loss of control remains a significant hazard to riders. This issue has led to a high percentage of fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents.

An excerpt from the above-mentioned page:

There are various, wide-ranging reasons as to why these losses of control can occur.  For instance, a defective motorcycle part or component can cause or contribute to a crash.  Another cause of loss of motorcycle control is if there is a tire blowout, which often leads to a loss of control crash.  Rider error or inattentiveness can also play a role.  Often a motorcycle accident investigation is needed to determine the cause of the loss of control.

Unincorporated McHenry Car Crash Involving A “Head-On Collision”

Fatal McHenry County Car Collision

There was a fatal unincorporated McHenry car crash early Saturday (May 11, 2019) morning. This McHenry County car crash involved a “head-on collision.”

This fatal accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 13, 2019 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Two Vehicle Crash.”

The crash involved two drivers, a 23-year-old man from Zion and a 56-year-old man from Gurnee. This unincorporated McHenry car crash happened in the 300 block of West Bay Road, which is in unincorporated McHenry Township.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as other first responders in the area, were called to the accident scene at 12:09 a.m.

An excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release:

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2004 Nissan Sentra, driven by the 23-year-old man, was traveling eastbound on West Bay Road.  A 2017 Toyota Sienna, driven by a 56-year-old man, was traveling westbound on West Bay Road.  For unknown reasons the Nissan entered the westbound lane of traffic and struck the Toyota head-on.      

The driver of the Nissan, after being extricated from the car by McHenry Township Fire and Rescue, was flown to Advocate Condell in Libertyville. He was pronounced deceased. 

The driver of the Toyota Sienna was taken to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry for treatment of his accident injuries. Those injuries were considered to be minor in nature.

The driver of the Toyota was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.

The accident investigation is being conducted the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and the Lake County Coroner’s Office. 

Additional Details Regarding This Unincorporated McHenry Car Crash

Additional details and possible update concerning this unincorporated McHenry car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above.

Additional discussion of “head-on collisions” – which often lead to serious if not life-threatening accident injuries – can be found on the “McHenry County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.

Snow-Related Crashes Throughout McHenry County

McHenry County Vehicle Accidents

There have been many snow-related crashes in the last day (February 14, 2019) in McHenry County that have been attributed to snow and drifting snow. These conditions, including some black ice formation, have led to adverse driving conditions.

Two media sources that discuss these adverse driving conditions are the February 14, 2019 Northwest Herald article titled “McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responds to 35 crashes, assists more than 100 motorists” as well as the February 13 abc7chicago.com article titled “Chicago Weather: Blowing snow leads to spinouts, crashes across area.”

As seen in these sources as well as others, these snow-related crashes involve many types of accidents. Among the crashes and accident types were spinouts, slide-offs,
 jackknifed semis, rollover accidents, multi-vehicle accidents (MVAs), and a collision between two semi trucks.

There were various injuries that occurred during these snow-related crashes.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article concerning the rollover accident mentioned above:

Harvard Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Don Davidson said police had sent his responders away because no injuries were reported.

Davidson said emergency crews responded Tuesday night to a rollover crash at Route 173 and White Oaks Road that resulted in four people being sent to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center in Harvard with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Additional Details Regarding These Snow-Related Crashes

Additional details regarding these snow-related crashes can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

Adverse Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County

Poor Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County

An oncoming winter storm is expected to create adverse driving conditions throughout McHenry County as well as the broader Chicago metropolitan area over the next 2-3 days. Wind, snow, ice, and dropping temperatures are forecast.

Given these anticipated adverse driving conditions, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend.” (pdf)

Notable excerpts include:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.

also:

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to begin this evening across northern and central Illinois, with totals ranging between 2 and 8 inches by Saturday evening. The southern part of the state is expected to see a mix of precipitation with the potential for icing. Gusty winds and low temperatures the remainder of the weekend will create blowing and drifting, reducing visibility to whiteout conditions at times and limiting the effectiveness of salt.

Motorists should expect slick conditions and remain extra cautious at all times.

The media release also offers travel tips for those who must travel. Among the more notable safety tips for adverse driving conditions include:

  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.

On this site, the benefits of wearing a seat belt – and the risks and potential consequences of not wearing a seat belt, should one be in a vehicle accident – are further discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.

Additional Details Regarding These Adverse Driving Conditions

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions for McHenry County and the surrounding areas can be seen in the sources mentioned above.