Binding Arbitration In Uninsured Motorist Case
Verdict: $1 Million | Sacramento County | Slender v. Golden Eagle Insurance Company
Claimant was involved in a vehicle collision on Highway 70. Her vehicle was struck and run off the road down an embankment. The window frame of the passenger door flexed outward from the vehicle at the time of impact with a tree wedging her right arm between the window frame and the vehicle frame.
Farm Worker Rear-Ended By UPS Vehicle
Verdict: $7 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Servin v. United Parcel Service
This case involves a 70-year-old farm worker who was driving a tractor on July 4, 2001, when he was rear-ended by a UPS transportation vehicle. The impact caused Mr. Servin’s head to strike the rear glass on the tractor causing him to suffer a closed head injury.
Class Action Against Allstate
Settlement: $70 Million | Sacramento County | Lumenta v. Allstate
This office was lead co-counsel in a class action wherein the class plaintiffs alleged that Allstate illegally charged its insureds excessive premiums by secretly increasing their driving mileage projections to facilitate unwarranted premium increases.
Struck Violently By Concrete Pump Hose
Verdict: $650,000 | Alameda County | Salamanca v. CF&T Available Concrete Pumping
This case involved an industrial accident that occurred at the Bechtel Power Plant in Costa Contra County. Plaintiff Salamanca was a 52-year-old laborer who had immigrated to the United States as a teenager. Plaintiff was in a large ditch acting as a hose man for a concrete pump truck that was filling a ditch with a slurry mix in order to protect pipelines for the power plant.
Ford Van Roll Over
Verdict: Confidential | Sacramento County | Demian v. Ford Motor Co. & Enterprise Rent-A-Car
This case involved a church group that rented a Ford 15-passenger van from Enterprise Rent-A-Car for a retreat. Fourteen young adults were traveling in the van when it rolled over killing five of them and severely injuring nine others. After lengthy negotiations, Ford settled for an undisclosed amount. After seven weeks of trial, the remainder of the case settled with Enterprise Rent-A-Car for another undisclosed amount.
Vehicle Went Into Ditch, Causing Severe Lacerations To Right Arm
Settlement: $1,000,000.00 | Sacramento County Superior Court | Farris v. Smith
This case involves a single-vehicle collision wherein Plaintiff was a passenger in an older model pick-up truck. Plaintiff was seat belted with a lap belt only when the vehicle went off the road into a ditch. Plaintiff was thrown forward and his right arm broke through the windshield.
Tripped And Fell On Raised Concrete
Settlement: $1.5 Million | Sacramento County | Chad B. v. Hoffman
Plaintiff, a new tenant visiting property for the first time, suffered a trip-and-fall accident on a raised area of concrete on a driveway and sustained an avulsion fracture of his ankle. The plaintiff developed complex regional pain syndrome as a result of his injury. Plaintiff alleged that the condition of the driveway was unreasonably dangerous and that the condition was known to the defendants who failed to take reasonable steps to correct the condition or warn plaintiff.
Solar Panel Fell On Plaintiff’s Ankle/Foot
Verdict: $3,436,781 | Tehama County | Lawrence v. Haas, et al.
The plaintiff, a helicopter mechanic, sustained a severe ankle injury when he and his co-workers were attempting to transport a solar panel that was to be installed as part of a home/ranch solar energy project when it fell on his ankle/foot.
Construction Accident Caused Injury
Settlement: $1 Million | Sacramento County | Ramirez v. Sierra Dredging
Plaintiff was seriously injured when the outrigger leg of a cement pumping truck collapsed with plaintiff under it. Plaintiff alleged the collapse occurred because of improper soil compaction and grading by a contractor.
Car Stalled On 680 In San Jose
Settlement: $1 Million | Santa Clara County | Tan v. Marge’s Trucking
This was a wrongful death case where a 23-year-old Vietnamese-American woman was killed after being rear-ended while stopping when her car stalled in the fast lane of travel on Highway 680 in San Jose while in route to work.