Personal Injury And Workers’ Compensation Settlements
Woman suffers head trauma and numerous broken bones: $5,500,000
My client was riding on the back of a motorcycle driven by her brother. As they entered an intersection a car driven by the defendant made an unsafe left turn directly in front of them sending their motorcycle flying into the air. The client’s brother was killed upon impact. My client suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries. She underwent over ten surgeries and has not returned to work. She was awarded $5,500,000 by the court.
Woman injures ankle walking down a dark stairway: $3,500,000
The client was walking down a dark outdoor stairway when she fell. She tore a tendon in her left ankle and underwent three surgeries to repair it. However, none of the surgeries were successful and her left foot was eventually amputated.
High school girl killed in motor vehicle collision – $2,000,000
A 17-year-old high school senior was riding in the backseat of a car when it was cut off by a car driven by another teen. She was thrown from the car and died immediately. Linda and her mother, who was divorced from her father, were extraordinarily close. Mrs. Hill was awarded $2,000,000 after the trial of the case.
Building inspector steps into uncovered floor opening on construction site: $1,025,000
The plaintiff, a building inspector, was inspecting a commercial property that was under construction. During his inspection, he stepped into an uncovered floor opening, which he knew was present. He fell to the floor fracturing his right patella and tearing the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He underwent three surgeries to repair these injuries. The defendants all denied any responsibility for the incident, however, when they were made aware that failure to cover a floor opening is a violation of Cal OSHA regulations they settled the case for $1,025,000.
Client injured in a rear end collision: $1,000,000
Client injured in a rear-end collision settles for policy limits of $1,000,000. Client was driving his work truck when he slowed to a stop for a car that had stopped in the roadway. After doing so, the rear of his truck was struck from behind by another truck. Client underwent surgery to his cervical spine and right shoulder and was off work for two years.
Client injured in low-speed rear-end collision: $775,000
Client was driving his work van when it was rear-ended by a small sedan. Client developed neck pain and left arm weakness, underwent surgery and was off work for several months.
Off duty fire fighter injured in T-Bone collision: $750,000
The plaintiff was driving his car home from work when a van driven by the defendant drove from a side street directly into his path of travel causing a substantial collision. The plaintiff injured his neck and underwent surgery on his cervical spine. The case settled for $750,000.
Off duty deputy sheriff injured in motor vehicle collision: $750,000
My client suffered a broken wrist while riding her motorcycle when a truck driven by an employee of Aqua Pool and Spa drifted into her lane of travel. She underwent three surgeries on her wrist but she always returned to work within two weeks.
Rear-End Collision: $468,245
My client, who had not had a prior problem with low back pain, was involved in a rear-end automobile collision and immediately experienced low back pain. After several doctor visits, two rounds of physical therapy and an MRI scan he was diagnosed as suffering from a herniated disc in the lumbar region of his spine. He underwent three epidural injections per year for two years prior to the arbitration hearing and his future medical care included this same treatment regimen. The arbitrator awarded my client $38,745.00 for his past medical bills and $209,840 for his future injections and medical visits. The arbitrator also awarded my client $16,450 for his past income loss and $53,211 for his future income loss as well as $150,000 for pain and suffering for a total award of $468,245.
My client was an extraordinary woman who grew up in a foster home yet put herself through college and law school. She was diagnosed with polio when she was ten years old and she lived with the disease for her entire life. One rainy day she was entering the office building where she worked. After entering the door and stepping off the mat she suddenly slipped and fell on the floor which was wet. The owners of the building had not been changing the floor mat which allowed it become wet and acted like a sponge when it was stepped upon so instead of drying the bottom of her shoes the floor mat actually caused the bottoms of her shoes to become even wetter. Due to her fall, she suffered a bulging disc in her low back, radiculopathy in her right leg and the potential to experience post polio syndrome. Although she did not miss any time from work, and her medical bills only totaled $10,000, the jury awarded her $100,000 for reduced earning capacity and $240,000 for pain and suffering.
Elderly parents killed in motor vehicle collision: $440,000
Policy limits of $440,000 were paid to two adult children whose octogenarian parents were killed in a motor vehicle collision even though the insurance adjuster initially told my clients that their claim was not worth much since their parents were so old.
Car windshield struck by a door that came loose from a deli van: $400,000
My client was driving his car behind a deli delivery van when a door on the side of the van came loose and flew into his windshield. Although the door did not strike him, he jerked his body and herniated a disk in his low back. After conservative measures of treatment failed to resolve his pain, he underwent surgery.
Elderly woman trips on her own porch: $400,000
Client was 78 years old. The front walkway to her rental home had a rise of 2.5 inches between two of the slabs. One day, after having lived at the home for 7 months, she walked out her front door and tripped on the raised slab. She fell to the concrete fracturing her left arm and suffering a hairline fracture to her left hip. She also developed post-traumatic stress disorder.
Low speed, no property damage collision: $300,000
My client was involved in a low-speed, minor impact rear-end motor vehicle collision. Following the collision, his treating physicians diagnosed him as suffering from fibromyalgia which they related to the collision.
Fall causes fractures femur: $257,000
My client slipped and fell to the floor when her right foot hit a slippery area adjacent to a roasted chicken stand, which caused her to fracture the femur in her upper right leg. She underwent surgery and made a good recovery from her injury. The Raley’s adjustor told her that Raley’s was not responsible for her injury since the floor had just been swept. During discovery, it was revealed that the area where she had fallen had not been swept and about a half-hour before she fell a customer had dropped a chicken on the floor causing grease to spill onto the floor. The employee who cleaned the area did not clean all of the grease from the floor.
Man struck in the face by exploding cement pipe: $250,000
My client Mr. Mauzac was a concrete pumper who had been hired by Water Well Technology to pump cement into a well and down a pipe line constructed of 20-foot lengths of PVC pipe. As he began pumping the concrete the upper most section of pipe blew out of the pipe line striking him in the face. Before he started pumping, Water Well Technology’s employees failed to tell him that they dropped the pipe line into the well and resolved the problem by sticking a loose piece of pipe into the pipe line. This was a blatant violation of Cal OSHA regulations which require all sections of a pipeline to be connected together. The defendant claimed they did nothing wrong. The case was arbitrated and the defendants were found to be responsible for the incident. My client suffered four fractures to the right side of his face, his right cheek was lacerated, he lost three teeth and he suffers from tempo mandibular joint disorder. He lost $50,000 in income, his past medical bills were $21,000, his future medical bills were $20,000, and he was awarded $250,000 in special damages.
Woman struck by side-view mirror: $250,000
My client was standing by her pumping gas, when a car driven by the defendant drove by her striking her with its passenger side-view mirror. She experienced immediate pain and six months later felt a pop in her back when she bent over to pick up her toddler. She underwent surgery on her lower back. The jury awarded her $250,000.
Motor Officer struck by a motorist: $250,000
My client was working as a motor officer during a DUI checkpoint. He was in pursuit of a car when a motorist drove across his lane of travel. He flew into the air and landed on the pavement which caused him to suffer a nerve injury to his right wrist and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Man was run over by thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter on his truck: $250,000
My client was sitting in his office when he saw someone trying to steal the catalytic converter on his truck. As he walked toward his truck the getaway car drove straight at him forcing him to jump on the hood and eventually fall to the pavement, suffering a torn rotator cuff in each shoulder. He underwent surgery on one shoulder but not the other.
Motorcycle officer struck by motorist: $187,000
My client was working as a traffic officer for the Stanislaus County Sheriff Department when he pulled over a motorist for speeding. The motorist pulled into a parking lot. As my client was writing a citation, the defendant backed her Ford Explorer out of a parking space right into his motorcycle which fell onto him injuring his right knee. My client suffered permanent nerve damage in his right leg but he did not miss any time from work and his medical bills totaled only $20,000. The jury awarded him an additional $187,000 for pain and suffering.
Fall in shopping center: $163,719
My client was walking through the Downtown Plaza in Sacramento when she suddenly slipped and fell on wet tile which had just been cleaned by a floor cleaning machine. The defense argued that they had placed a wet floor sign in the area as a warning to pedestrians, however, a former security guard testified that he placed the wet floor sign after my client fell. As a result of the fall, my client injured her left shoulder and was diagnosed as suffering from an impingement syndrome and trochanteric bursitis in her left hip. Arthroscopic surgery was performed on her left shoulder to alleviate her impingement syndrome. The jury awarded her $16,727 for her past medical expenses, $1,000 for her future medical expenses, $20,992 for her past income loss and $100,000 for past pain and suffering and $25,000 for future pain and suffering for a total verdict of $163,719.