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PG&E Gas Explosion

Settlement: Confidential | Sacramento County | Confidential

As the result of the use of substandard pipe, a gas line separated at a coupling resulting in gas migration into a nearby home. On Christmas Eve 2008, the home exploded killing a family patriarch and severely injuring his daughter and granddaughter. Plaintiffs were able to successfully negotiate a resolution for the family and the injury victims. Although the terms of this settlement are confidential, during the pendency of this claim and as a condition to settlement, PG&E excavated all Sacramento-area repair sites to confirm that the substandard pipe had not been used in any other repairs.

Tow Truck Backed Out Into Traffic

Settlement: $10.1 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Wong v. National Rental Corporation


This is an action involving a trucking accident where the claim was that the husband of the injured party was comparatively at fault when he broadsided a truck that had backed out into the roadway. Issues of comparative fault and the nature and extent of the injuries were key to the case. The injured victim was in her 70s and suffered a serious brain injury. Assessing her future needs was a fundamental component of the case. Pretrial offer was $3 million. The matter was settled in the third week of trial.

Motorcycle Kickstand Caught On The Ground, Causing Loss Of Control

Settlement: $2.8 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Mulhern v. Bourget’s Bike Works, Inc.

This matter involved a motorcyclist who, in the course of turning his bike on a curve, lost control of the bike when the kickstand caught on the ground. It was alleged that there was a defect in the bike and in the maintenance work that had to be performed on the bike as it relates to the kickstand causing the bike to lose control, resulting in a serious leg injury requiring multiple surgeries.

Car Wash Designed Improperly Caused Pedestrian To Get Hit By Car

Settlement: $1.1 Million | Solano County Superior Court | Hyland v. Hopkins

This matter involved an incident at a car wash and a claim that the car wash was not properly designed and exposed pedestrians to injury. The plaintiff was waiting for her car to be washed and sitting on a bench when she was struck by a car leaving the car wash and lost control on the wet pavement.

Pedestrian Struck By Turning Vehicle

Settlement: $2.25 Million | Placer County Superior Court | Taaffe v. Shimozaki

This matter involved a pedestrian who was struck by a right-turning vehicle resulting in neck and orthopedic injuries. Plaintiff’s injury required spine surgery.

Struck By Driver Under The Influence

Settlement: $1.045 Million | Sacramento County | Rasalan v. Mailhiot/Mandango’s

Plaintiffs were traveling northbound on State Route-51/Capital City Freeway when they were struck by 18-year-old defendant who was under the influence of alcohol. As a result, plaintiffs lost control of their vehicle, spinning and striking a guardrail, then striking a tree and sustaining major injuries. An alcohol licensee was found responsible for serving alcohol to an obviously intoxicated minor. This was Mr. Greenblatt’s second victory against a liquor licensee under California’s very protective immunity for liquor licensees.

Motorcyclist With Amputation Injury

Settlement: $3.3 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Godfrey v. State of California

This matter involved an employee of the state of California broadsiding a motorcyclist, which resulted in the loss of his left leg below the knee. Client was single and employed as a tile setter.

Struck By Oncoming Vehicle

Verdict: $321,500 | Sacramento County Superior Court | Greer v. Buzgheia

Greer was 50 years of age and single. He was struck by an oncoming vehicle that ran a red light at an intersection at approximately 10 miles per hour. Defendant denied that he had run the red light. Plaintiff underwent a spinal fusion four years later at L5-S1. Defendant argued that at the impact speed of 10 miles per hour, he could not have caused the injury requiring surgery.

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Dog Bite Resulting In Facial Scarring

Settlement: $90,000 | Sacramento County | Reed v. McCarley

Head-On Collision

The 1-year-old plaintiff was injured when a golden retriever bit her on her face. As a result of this incident, plaintiff was scarred along her upper lip and left cheek. The case was settled at mediation for $90,000.

Killed From Head-On Collision With Semi Truck

Settlement: $1 Million | Yolo County | Navarro v. Friel Trucking

This was a wrongful death case where plaintiff, a husband and a father, was killed after a head-on collision with a semi truck that pulled out into plaintiff’s lane of travel just before dawn. An extensive video recreation taking over 12 hours to set up and film at the scene of the accident on the anniversary of the event, demonstrated defendant’s liability.