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Anthony R. Elman of Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has successfully achieved a $746,000 gross jury verdict on a slip & fall rotator cuff Injury (less 20% for comparative negligence) after a week-long trial involving a slip & fall lawsuit filed on behalf of a 76-year-old lady. The case, Geneva Lewis vs. Pierre’s, was tried in Chicago (Cook County) Illinois.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC took the case to trial after there was no settlement offer from the in-house insurance defense law firm of Maisel and Associates of Traveler’s Insurance Co.

The case involved a 76-year-old plaintiff (Geneva Lewis) who, on February 25, 2009, suffered a rotator cuff tear injury that was caused by a fall allegedly because of a wet floor in Pierre’s Bakery (the defendant) in Blue Island, Illinois. The plaintiff had arthroscopic surgery about year and a half after the accident.

The problem of crumbling and poorly maintained sidewalks in Chicago was featured in a September 20 CBS Chicago (Channel 2) segment. This is recapped in an article titled “Thousands Of Crumbling Sidewalks Going Unfixed.”

Some excerpts from the article:

It’s not hard to find cracked, broken and crumbling sidewalks in Chicago. Just about every neighborhood has problem and sometimes dangerous sidewalks and it’s likely to get worse with budget cutbacks threatened by the mayor.


Last year, Chicago officials received 12,596 requests for sidewalk repairs.

Of those, 971 were fixed and then the city replaced another 172 blocks of sidewalks as part of their regular maintenance – an effort that left thousands of sidewalks in disrepair.


The 2 Investigators have learned that, over the past three years, the city has paid out $3.5 million to people injured by broken sidewalks.

Michael Surratt received one of the largest settlements – $375,000 – after tripping on a hole and falling on a downtown sidewalk.

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