Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

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.

January 20, 2008

En Chicago, Illinois abogados de accidente de trafico, de David Abels & Associates, P.C. ha alcanzado un arreglo para un residente de la zona.

En Chicago, Illinois abogados de accidente de trafico, de David Abels & Associates, P.C. ha alcanzado un arreglo para un residente de la zona. El fue implicado en un choque de trasero en la rampa de acceso de la calle 79 a Interestatal 94 en Chicago. El y el vehículo detrás de él aflojaron para el tráfico, y el tercer vehículo en la línea golpeó el segundo vehículo, quién alternadamente fue golpeado hacia adelante en nuestro cliente.

El fue llevado al St. Bernard Hospital para heridas de cuello. El trató luego con un medico y un fisioterapeuta para sus heridas. El caso se asentó para $17,000. El acusado fue asegurado por AAA.

Nuestra pasajera del cliente más fue herida gravemente y su caso está todavía pendiente.

Estos comentarios fueron anunciados por David Abels & Associates, P.C., un bufete de abogados personal de la herida que representa a clientes a través del área de Chicago y el Estado entero de Illinois. Muchos de nuestros clients vienen del Condado de Cook, Condado de Lake, Condado de DuPage, Condado de McHenry, Condado de Kane, Condado de Will, bien como los pueblos y los vecindarios tales como Hyde Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Joliet, Wheaton, Elgin, Saint Charles, Aurora, Skokie, Evanston, North Chicago y Waukegan.

Los abogados del accidente de nuestra firma manejan todas clases de las heridas que resultan de choques de coche, inclusive fracturas (algún que requiere la reparación quirúrgica) desgarros, las heridas de espalda y cuello, y las quemaduras severas. Ellos manejan también los casos injustos de la muerte para las familias que han perdido los adorados porque otra persona fue negligente y causó un accidente fatal de automóvil.

January 19, 2008

Lake County, Illinois Injury Lawyer Makes Good Settlement

A personal injury auto accident lawyer from Waukegan, Illinois has made a nice pre-litigation settlement, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The case stems from an auto accident that happened in Gurnee, Illinois. The defendant allegedly ran a red light and struck an elderly plaintiff's vehicle which then flipped over. The Lake County driver sustained multiple injuries, including spinal fractures. The Gurnee passenger sustained a torn rotator cuff and multiple fractures. The Lake County car crash case settled for a combined $1,100,000. The driver received $700,000 and the passenger received $400,000.

What makes this settlement nice is it happened without having to file a lawsuit. Typically, the average insurance company is not going to offer this kind of money unless a lawsuit is filed and a significant amount of discovery has been completed (interrogatories, depositions). This type of pre-litigation is great for clients, as they save the cost of litigation which can run thousands of dollars. Further, most plaintiff attorneys work on a one third fee before litigation, but most have the contractual right to take a 40% fee after a lawsuit is filed. Here, the lawyer most likely took a one third fee, saving the plaintiffs over $75,000.

The plaintiff lawyer in this case was Matthew Williams. Williams graduated from DePaul University Law School just 10 years ago (1998) and already has a million dollar plus settlement. Nice work.

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January 17, 2008

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Reaches Auto Accident Settlement

In Chicago, Illinois car accident attorneys from David Abels & Associates, P.C. have reached a settlement for a local resident. He was involved in a rear end collision at the 79th Street entrance ramp to Interstate 94 in Chicago. He and the vehicle behind him slowed for traffic, and the third vehicle in line struck the 2nd vehicle, who in turn was knocked forward into our client.

He was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for neck and back injuries. He later treated with a medical doctor and a physical therapist for his injuries. The case settled for $17,000. The defendant was insured by AAA.

Our client's passenger was more seriously injured and her case is still pending.

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