Pedestrian Hit By Turning Bus
Verdict: $5,226,562 | Marin County | Prendergast v. Golden Gate Transportation District
This was, for almost 10 years, the largest verdict for pain and suffering in Marin County history. This is a case involving a 55-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a turning bus while crossing the street. Plaintiff sustained a moderate closed head injury that affected his social functioning and employability.
Two Vehicle Accidents In A Year
Verdict: $6.6 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Maihack v. The Hartford
Plaintiff was involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents separated by six months. Both accidents resulted due to the negligent conduct of uninsured motorists. As a result, plaintiff filed an uninsured motorist claim against her auto carrier. She suffered a brachial plexus injury requiring a surgery.
Cherry Picker Bolts Sheared And Failed
Settlement: $1.55 Million | Shasta County | Ashe v. Tenco
This was a product liability case involving sheared bolts on a cherry picker man lift. Plaintiff alleged that inadequate metallic stress tolerances of bolts securing the rotating base of the lift mechanisms were the cause of the failure. Plaintiff suffered orthopedic and closed-head injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: $713,000 | Modoc County | Diddens v. Conners Well Drilling
This case involved a disputed liability motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband. Defendant contended that plaintiff was traveling at an excess rate of speed, overreacted to the circumstances, and caused the subject accident. Defendant offered the sum of $100,000 on the first day of trial. Previous offer had been $50,000. Verdict: $713,000 (largest personal injury verdict in Modoc County history). This case was co-tried with Roger A. Dreyer.
Vehicle Struck Head On
Settlement: $950,000 | Monterey County | Leffee v. Direct Trucking
This was a serious three-vehicle collision where plaintiff’s vehicle was struck head on while traveling on Highway 1. The injured couple was on their second honeymoon on the way to Santa Cruz. The entire accident was captured on videotape.
Slipped And Fell In Stairwell
Settlement: $1 Million | El Dorado County | Downs v. Reinke
This case involved a 30-year-old construction worker who was walking down an exterior stairwell of a small shopping center in Georgetown, California. Plaintiff was descending the stairwell in the evening time and slipped and fell, causing an injury to his lumbar spine. Plaintiff ultimately underwent lumbar surgery and with instrumentation.
PG&E Lines Caused Arm Amputations
Settlement: $13.5 Million | San Francisco County | Williams v. PG&E and Central Valley Produce
($7 million from PG&E and $6.5 million from Central Valley Produce)
This case involved a 17-year-old who received a bilateral arm amputation while removing rain gutters from an industrial warehouse when the mast of a forklift made contact with overhead electrical lines owned and maintained by PG&E. The lines were alleged to have been only 6 inches out of clearance compliance.
Commercial Truck Failed To Brake Fully
Settlement: $3.5 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Romine v. Piper Jaffray
Plaintiff in this matter was a 32-year-old Highway Patrol officer. She was in her personal vehicle on the freeway when a truck driven by one of the defendants lost control and went sideways across the freeway. She was able to bring her vehicle to a safe stop and was then struck from the side by a second defendant who failed to brake promptly.
Cervical Injuries After Being Struck By Semi Truck
Settlement: $1 Million | Shasta County | Vankelt v. H & L Trucking
This elderly plaintiff sustained cervical injuries when stuck by the defendant trucker.
Construction Crew Struck By Big Rig Truck
Settlement: $3.4 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Johnson v. COM Transport and State of California
A 35-year-old laborer working in the early morning hours on a moving lane closure for a subcontractor for the state of California laying out reflective squares was struck by a truck driven by a driver for COM Transport. The driver came upon the moving lane closure at a high rate of speed and failed to notice that it was not moving traffic but, in fact, a very slow moving lane closure construction crew.