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Disabled Man Hit In Chain Reaction Accident

Settlement: $1.515 Million | Sacramento County | Long v. Western Carnival of Transport, et al.

This case involved a developmentally disabled man who was involved in a chain reaction accident. He underwent spinal surgery as a result of the collision.

Hit By Firestone Truck Turning Left

Settlement: $2 Million | El Dorado County | Marino v. Firestone

Plaintiff was a contractor who was injured when a Firestone truck made a left turn on a red arrow striking plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff underwent neck, back and shoulder surgery.

Denied Life Insurance

Settlement: Confidential | Sacramento County | Franklin v. Met Life

Here, plaintiff was a 3-year-old boy whose mother was found to have been murdered on a snowmobile outing by his father. The young beneficiary was thereafter denied life insurance benefits due him under their joint life policies.

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Dangerous Intersection Allowed Left Turn In Front Of Motorcycle

Settlement: $2 Million | Napa County Superior Court | Rodman v State of California

This matter involved an allegation of a dangerous condition of a state road in the Napa County region. Plaintiff was on a motorcycle when he was struck by another vehicle making a left turn in front of the plaintiff.

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Big Rig Caused Vehicle To Lose Control

Verdict: $2.25 Million | Yolo County Superior Court | Phelps v. California Movers Express

Represented a 42-year-old single mother who was struck by a vehicle spinning out of control on April 18, 1996. The defendant, a trucking company, denied that their driver had caused the other vehicle to lose control and strike the plaintiff. She suffered neck and back injuries resulting in surgery.

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Defective Safety On Handgun

Settlement: $2.2 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Shehadeh v. Sigarms

Plaintiff was a 19-year-old college student who was at his uncle’s convenience store. A firearm, kept by the uncle, was inadvertently dropped by an employee, and the handgun discharged, resulting in the plaintiff being shot in the lower left portion of his leg. Plaintiff suffered fractures in both the tibia and fibula and caused significant injury and muscle loss to the left lower extremity.

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Intoxicated Minor Caused Passenger Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Settlement: $1.015 Million | Sacramento County | Aguilar v. Brannan’s

This accident occurred after a nightclub served alcohol to an obviously intoxicated minor who then drove her vehicle into a street lamp injuring her passenger, the 20-year-old plaintiff. The injury involved a severe traumatic brain injury and the case settled for policy limits.

Struck In Head By Equipment

Settlement: $1.25 Million | Sacramento County | Wander v. Rite Aid and Alarm Company

Here, plaintiff sustained neck and back injuries requiring surgery when an overhead upper wall mount alarm that was being serviced fell, striking her in the head and rear shoulder area.

Broadside Motor Vehicle Collision

Settlement: $1.1 Million | Sacramento County | McCall v. Hudson

This case involved a broadside motor vehicle collision wherein plaintiff sustained an injury to his low back. He was treated conservatively with epidural steroid injections and considered lumbar surgery but never underwent the surgery. The defense argued that he did not require the fusion as the impact was not significant enough to cause the damage that was to be repaired. The case settled for $1.1 million.

Local Businessman Sexually Molested Children

Settlement: $4.5 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Three Victims of Sexual Molestation

Represented a 10-year-old, 19-year-old and a 20-year-old who were all sexually molested as youngsters at different times by a local businessman. Each was subjected to a pattern of sexual abuse and manipulation. All suffered significant emotional residual effects of the molestation and were in varied degrees of therapy and treatment. The predator/molester had committed suicide so the case was against the estate of the molester and as a result had no punitive damage exposure. The cases settled through mediation for a combined settlement amount exceeding $4.5 million.