Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

April 2, 2008

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Reach Pedestrian Auto Accident Settlement

Chicago, Illinois car accident attorneys from David Abels & Associates, P.C., working with the firm of Elman & Elman, have reached a partial bodily injury settlement with Geico Insurance as a result of a pedestrian accident that occurred in Chicago, Illinois. Our client was injured while his was standing on a sidewalk waiting to catch a CTA bus. As he waited for the bus, an auto accident occurred right in front of him and a tire flew off one of the cars and hit him, knocking him to the ground.

Our client was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in Chicago with back and neck injuries. The case was resolved against the Geico driver during the discovery phase in Court, and the case will continue against the other driver in the car accident who is insured by Allstate.

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April 1, 2008

Los Abogados de la Herida de Chicago Alcanzan un Arreglo de Accidente de Auto

Abogados de accidente de auto de Chicago, Illinois de David Abels & Associates, P.C. trabajando juntos con Elman & Elman, han alcanzado un arreglo de $9,000.00 con el seguro Unique a resultado de un accidente de auto que ocurrió en la 74 y State Street en Bedford Park, Illinois. El choque de auto del área de Chicago sucedió cuando el acusado cliente trasero nuestro cliente, que fue empujado en cambio en un vehículo delante de él. El acusado fue etiquetado con DUI.

Nuestro cliente fue llevado a Christ Hospital en Oak Lawn, con dolor lumbar y heridas de dolor de cuello. El caso fue resuelto después de que el demandante recibió un premio de $9,000.00 no-obligatorio arbitraje obligatorio en el Tribunal superior de Cook County.

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March 31, 2008

Chicago, Illinois Premises Liability Attorneys Receive Good Verdict

In Chicago, Illinois personal injury lawyers were recently awarded a nice verdict in a premises liability wrongful death case, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The fatality happened as a result of a fire in an apartment building owned by the defendants. The deceased, a tenant in the building, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Cook County lawsuit alleged that the defendant failed to have smoke detectors in common areas of the building. The defense argued that the decedent was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol at the time of the fire.

Prior to trial the Estate demanded $910,000 to settle the case, and the defendants made no offer. The jury awared $1,353,249 (10% off 1,503,610 for comparative fault). The trial was in front of the Honorable Susan Ruscitti Grussel, Cook County Case No. 03 L 11032.

The plaintiff was represented by Kirk A. Moyer of Chicago. The defendants were represented by Alton Haynes and Brian O'Neill, and John F. Brennan.

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March 18, 2008

Chicago Injury Lawyers Reach Auto Accident Settlement

Chicago, Illinois auto accident attorneys from David Abels & Associates, P.C., working in conjunction with Elman & Elman, have reached a $9,000 bodily injury settlement with Unique Insurance as a result of an auto accident that occurred at 74th and State Street in Bedford Park, Illinois. The Chicago area car crash happened when the defendant rear ended our client, who in turn was pushed into a vehicle in front of him. The defendant was ticketed with DUI.

Our client was taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn with back and neck pain injuries. The case was resolved after the plaintiff received a $9,000 non-binding mandatory arbitration award in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

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March 12, 2008

Chicago Injury Lawyer Reaches Auto Accident Settlement

Chicago car accident lawyers from David Abels & Associates, P.C. have reached a $21,000 bodily injury settlement with Geico Insurance as a result of an auto accident that occurred less than 2 months ago on January 19, 2008. The car crash happened on Interstate 90/94 near California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois when the defendant sideswiped our client's vehicle.

Our client was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago with low back pain, shoulder pain and headaches. He also followed up for additional treatment with a Board Certified Neurologist and underwent physical therapy as well.

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March 5, 2008

Chicago Injury Lawyers Reach Hit & Run Auto Accident Settlement

Cook County car accident lawyers from David Abels & Associates, P.C. have reached a $40,000 bodily injury settlement with USAA Insurance as a result of an auto accident that occurred in July of 2006. The car crash happened on the Southbound Edens Expressway near Willow Road, Northfield, Illinois when the defendant rear ended a car that was then knocked into our vehicle. The defendant fled the scene of the Interstate 94 auto accident.

The impact was not heavy and only caused about $300 in property damage, but our client sustained a shoulder injury when he was knocked into the steering wheel. Our client, who is actively serving in the military, was treated at the North Chicago VA Hospital and followed up for additional treatment at the Great Lakes Naval Base and Health South for physical therapy.


February 23, 2008

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Reach Auto Accident Settlement

Kendall County car accident lawyers from David Abels & Associates, P.C. have reached a bodily injury settlement with State Farm Insurance as a result of an auto accident that occurred in May of 2007. The car crash happened on westbound Route 34 near Route 47 in Yorkville, Illinois when the defendant exited a McDonald's and failed to yield to our client.

Our client was taken to Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora by ambulance with headaches and neck injuries. The plaintiff had follow up treatment with a Castle Orthopaedics and Atlas Physical Therapy, both in Yorkville, Illinois. The car accident case settled for $9,100.

David Abels & Associates, P.C. reached another settlement with State Farm this week in a minor back and neck injury case for $3,600.

February 6, 2008

DuPage Personal Injury Lawyers Reach Car Accident Settlement With City of Naperville

Auto accident lawyers from David Abels & Associates, P.C. have reached a bodily injury settlement with the City of Naperville as a result of an auto accident that occurred in May of 2007. The car crash happened in the 1600 block of Aurora Road, Naperville, Illinois. Our client was behind a Naperville service truck waiting to exit a shopping mall parking lot when the driver accelerated in reverse and hit her car.

Our client was taken to Edwards Hospital in Naperville by ambulance with back and neck injuries. The plaintiff had follow up treatment at Lakeside Family Practice and physical therapy at Accelerated Rehab. The car accident case settled with Naperville for $12,500.

January 31, 2008

Chicago Premises Liability, Personal Injury Lawyers Receive Binding Arbitration Award

Chicago, Illinois premises liability, accident injury lawyers from David Abels & Associates, P.C., working with the firm of Trobe & Babowice of Waukegan, Illinois have been awarded $86,000 ($172,000, reduced to $86,000 for 50% comparative fault) in a premises liability arbitration. The arbitration had low of $5,000 and a high of $100,000 (meaning the most the plaintiff could be awarded was $100,000 and the least the plaintiff could be awarded was $5,000).

The case stems from an accident that happened in the defendant's home where the plaintiff was helping work on a kitchen. The plaintiff was using an electric saw to cut a board and the defendant was holding the board still. The defendant lost his grip and dropped the board, causing the saw to slice off the end of two of the plantiff's fingers. The defendant denied he was anywhere near the plaintiff when the accident occurred.

The defense also retained an expert to testify that the plaintiff was using the saw improperly as a grinder, and that the improper use was the cause of the injury. The plaintiff argued that improper use was irrelevent and that the accident only occurred because the defendant dropped the board.

The arbtration took place at ADR Systems of America in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about personal injury arbitrations and mediations, please click here to visit our website.

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January 25, 2008

In Winnebago County, Illinois, Stepping On Toothpick Leads To $250,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement

In Winnebago County, Illinois a woman stepping on a toothpick has resulted in a $250,000 medical malpractice settlement, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The woman reportedly stepped on a used toothpick at home and then sought out medical treatment from a doctor. The defendant doctor failed to identify and treat a developing infection which subsequently resulted in nerve damage. The case was settled without having to file a lawsuit.

The settled case was captioned Pam Shult v. Jerome Randall. The plaintiff was represented by Devon C. Bruce of Chicago.

David Abels & Associates, P.C. is currently working on a similar medical malpractice issue that happened in Chicago, Illinois where a seemingly minor injury led to serious medical complications. Our client's big toenail on his left foot was rubbing up against his 2nd toe and an infection developed. The infection was not properly diagnosed by a Chicago area emergency room, the infection spread, and our client's leg was partially amputated below the knee.