Recent Verdicts & Settlements (Spanish)

Bus and Mass Transit Accidents

$2,250,000 Schneider v. LACMTA – This settlement was achieved by Greg Vanni for our 72-year old client who was knocked to the ground by a Metro bus in Los Angeles.

 

$2,250,000 Yi v. LACMTA – This settlement was achieved by Greg Vanni for our 85-year old client whose leg was run over by a Metro bus in Los Angeles.

 

$575,000 Hofmann v. Connex West – Kevin Callahan obtained a successful recovery for our client who sustained a back injury (without diagnostic confirmation) as a result of being pushed off a commuter bus at Union Station.

 

Bicycle Accidents

$1,100,000 Hernandez v. West Coast Sand & Gravel – Kevin Callahan obtained a recovery in excess of the policy limits for our client after a two week trial in Orange County. Our client was injured while riding his bike on the sidewalk (in violation of the vehicle code) at 4:30 am, and then riding into the crosswalk (also in violation of vehicle code) in front of a turning truck.

 

$500,000 Confidential Client v. Eisner – Client was operating his bicycle at a speed of 35 mph on a downhill highway in Malibu when defendant moved his car from a parked position into client’s path. The client did not require any emergency medical care, yet later developed a rare blood clot in his carotid artery. The client was treated with medication but was left with some residual blockage as a consequence. The client has returned to all normal activities.

 

$449,000 Albin v. City of Irwindale – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained a favorable settlement for our client who while riding his bike and crossing a bridge had his tire caught in an expansion joint. Our client sustained a left hip fracture. The defense contended that it was immune from liability, the condition was not dangerous and that it was open and obvious and our client was responsible for the accident for crossing the bridge inappropriately.

 

$285,000 DeYoung v. Pacific Bell, AT&T and City of Pasadena – Kevin Callahan obtained a favorable settlement for our client who sustained a fractured elbow in a bicycle accident caused by a cable construction project which left the roadway in a dangerous condition.

 

Dangerous and Defective Products

$23.2 million Gibilisco/Huizar v. Thomason Mechanical Corporation – This recovery was obtained by Tom Beck and Greg Vanni in a case that was partially settled and the remainder tried to a jury verdict.

 

$6.5 Million Regalado v. Callaghan – Daniel Powell and Michael O’Connor obtained a $6.5M jury verdict for Plaintiff who was injured installing mechanical equipment including propane water heater in an underground vault which the defendant had previously purchased and had installed on his lot. Plaintiff suffered full body burns over 51% of his body when he turned the spa heater on and an explosion ensued ejecting him from the vault. Plaintiff also suffered vertebral body fractures and also had to undergo spinal fusion surgery and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

$5 million Duque v. Confidential Automobile Manufacturer – Tom Beck and Greg Vanni represented four clients who were severely injured in a passenger van rollover accident. This complicated products liability case proceeded to trial, but was settled before the jury was impaneled.

 

$4 million Rios v. Ames True Temper Inc. – A split rim pneumatic tire on a garden hose cart exploded while being inflated during cart assembly. Design defect. Plaintiff suffered traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, facial lacerations and loss of sense of smell.

 

$1,700,000 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained the recovery for our client who tripped on a skylight (one of hundreds on the roof of the commercial building which plaintiff had been on many times before the date of the accident) when walking backward trying to untangle his pressure wash hose. The recovery was against the manufacturer of the skylight based on a claim that it was manufactured defectively, and against the property owner on a claim that the property was dangerous.

 

$900,000 Sandoval v. Winkler Forming and Lyle Industries – Kevin Callahan recovered $900,000 for the client from his employer and the manufacturer of a ‘trim press’ machine he used in the course of his employment. Plaintiff lost a portion of his left (minor) hand when he reached into the machine to clear a jam, contrary to training and warnings present on the machine. Disputed evidence indicated that a co-employee removed the safety guard, thereby allowing a claim under Labor Code section 4558 (knowing removal of punch press safety guard by management employee). The product manufacturer failed to integrate potential cut-off technology that would have prevented the machine from operating without the safety guard in place.

 

$653,000 Steslicki v. Custom Craft Flooring, Commercial Roofing Systems and Osborn Architects – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained a significant settlement for our client who suffered knee, elbow, neck and back injuries in a trip & fall accident in her work as a teacher. The accident occurred due to a roof leak that caused the flooring in our client’s classroom to separate at the seams.

 

$400,000 Wong v. Goss International Corporation – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement for our client who suffered a crush injury to his hand when it was trapped between the rollers of a printing press which had the guards removed by plaintiff’s employer. It was claimed that the press was designed defectively, in that it failed to prevent operation with the guard removed.

 

$200,000 Dallal v. Sysco Corporation – Kevin Callahan secured a substantial settlement for our client who suffered second-degree burns to her upper thighs as a result of hot coffee spilling into her lap when the seam of the coffee cup came apart due to glue failure.

 

Highway Accidents

$20 million Vetterani v. State of California – This settlement was reached by Tom Beck and Greg Vanni for several clients involved in a serious traffic collision on Highway 395 in San Bernardino County.

 

$5 million Duque v. Confidential Automobile Manufacturer – Tom Beck and Greg Vanni represented four clients who were severely injured in a passenger van rollover accident. This complicated products liability case proceeded to trial, but was settled before the jury was impaneled.

 

$1 million Garcia v. Confidential Defendant – This settlement was recovered for a tow truck driver who was severely injured when a drunk driver with a $25,000 insurance policy hit him on the freeway.

 

$750,000 Davis v. Confidential Defendant – This case involved a moderate automobile accident that occurred on the freeway. The plaintiff got out of his car and went to the assistance of one of the injured victims from the crash. While assisting one of the victims, plaintiff was struck on the freeway by another motorist. The plaintiff suffered a serious leg fracture that required surgery and hospitalization. Liability was hotly disputed.

 

$1,410,203.30 Wolford v. Hardin – This case resulted in a jury verdict for a 20-year old client who was struck by an elderly driver who claimed the client was traveling at 90 mph at the time of the crash. Even after reducing the verdict by comparative negligence of the client, the net recovery was nearly a million dollars in a case in which the maximum pre-trial offer was $200,000.

 

Motorcycle Accidents

$1.5 million Felder v. Fleming – Kevin Callahan recovered $1.5 million for the client who was injured when defendant driver made a left turn in front of his vehicle. As a result of the accident, plaintiff suffered a fractured femur that required surgery and made his return to his prior union dockworker position questionable.

 

$2,950,000 Confidential Motorcycle Case – This settlement was obtained for the driver and passenger of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that crashed into a bus on a mountain road.

 

$700,000.00 Rush v. Fenceworks – Michael P. O’Connor obtained a wrongful death settlement for the adult children of a retired 70-year-old motorcycle accident victim who rear-ended the vehicle in front of him during a multiple vehicle accident initiated by a minimally insured defendant.

 

$2,950,000 Confidential Motorcycle Case – This settlement was obtained for the driver and passenger of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that crashed into a bus on a mountain road.

 

Medical Malpractice

$8,357,921 Hsieh v. Foong, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained a verdict of $8,357,921.00 for the plaintiff. The jury found that Dr. Foong was negligent in failing to timely respond to the requests from nursing personnel to come to the hospital and treat Mrs. Hsieh for labor complications. The patient was suffering from chorioamnionitis and needed to be delivered immediately. The jury found that Dr. Foong negligently delayed in performing the emergency C-section and that had he intervened sooner, the injuries would have been avoided. The jury found that the baby suffered profound and permanent brain injury and would need lifetime care.

 

$6,345,543 Sheppard v. Hsiao, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained a verdict in the amount of $6,345,543 in an Erb’s/Brachial Plexus case. The jury found that Dr. Shaw was negligent in his prenatal management and his delivery technique causing severe and permanent injuries to the newborn’s right arm.

 

$6,000,000 Estrada v. UCI Medical Center (UC Regents) – Negligent failure to observe newborn. Newborn was suffocated after being placed on other’s chest during “Golden Hour.” Newborn suffered severe anoxic brain damage, cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia.

 

$4,756,872 Guerrero v. Carreon, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained a verdict in the amount of $4,756,872 for the plaintiff. The jury found that Dr. Carreon was negligent in causing and managing post-operative bleeding after a C-section leading to the mother’s death.

 

$4.65 million Whatley-Miller v. Cooper, M.D. – Daniel Powell obtained a $4.65 million unanimous jury verdict when jury found family doctor negligently failed to diagnose heart attack causing death.

 

$3 million Whiteside v. St. Bernardine Medical Center – Kevin Callahan recovered $3 million for the husband and wife clients in a medical malpractice action against a hospital whose medical staff failed to promptly diagnose and treat a myocardial infarction suffered in the telemetry unit while he was under observation post cardiac stenting. Plaintiff had been rushed to the hospital after testing at Kaiser determined he required immediate stenting of his left anterior descending artery. After the surgery was performed, he immediately began experiencing severe midline chest pain and his wife who was present requested the nurse call a doctor. Eventually, at the request of the on-call doctor, a “stat” ECG was performed which indicated cardiac abnormalities. Contrary to the on-call doctor’s request, he was never apprised of these abnormalities and therefore assumed until he saw the ECG printout the following morning that it was normal. Plaintiff’s life was saved when the physician rushed him into the cath lab for a rescue angioplasty. However, it was contended by plaintiff that the delay caused significant heart muscle damage, which made his return to employment as a vice-chancellor of a community college district unlikely.

 

$1.5 million Schlock vs. County of Los Angeles – Kevin Callahan recovered $1.5 million for the husband and wife (wife asserted a claim for loss of consortium) clients against a County of Los Angeles medical facility. Upon admission for treatment of a construction injury, a CT of the head was performed which revealed bone fragments near the carotid canal. Further detailed angiogram tests were ordered but not performed. Plaintiff shortly after suffered a stroke. Defendant contended that the timing of the stroke made clear that performance of the angiogram would not have allowed timely diagnosis or treatment to avoid the stroke. As a result of the stroke plaintiff suffered partial paralysis of his right side and difficulty communicating. [Note: see related Schock vs. Frith-Smith–$5,000,000 construction site accident recovery against contractor for dangerous condition of rebar on construction site contributing to underlying accident and facial injury leading to admission to Los Angeles County medical facility].

 

$1,009,837 Malko v. Tooma, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained a verdict of $1,009,837 for the plaintiff. The jury found that Dr. Tooma was negligent in his failure to timely diagnose and treat bacterial endophthalmitis. The jury found that Dr. Tooma’s negligent failure to diagnose the infection led to blindness and subsequent enucleation of the plaintiff’s right eye.

 

$1 million Lynn v. United States of America – Dan Powell recovered $1 million for the plaintiff and his spouse. In this case, the Veteran’s Administration failed to follow national protocols concerning the detection of colon rectal cancer. As a result of the V.A.’s negligence, the patient’s signs and symptoms of colon rectal cancer went unrecognized. When the patient was diagnosed, he had advanced cancer requiring extensive surgery and medical treatment.

 

$819,999 Townsend v. Bender, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained a verdict for plaintiff in the amount of $819,999. The jury found that Dr. Bender was negligent in placing the patient on flutamide to treat his prostate cancer and not do routine liver function tests. As a result, the patient suffered severe liver damage and liver failure as a result of flutamide toxicity. The jury found that if Dr. Bender had performed the mandatory liver function test, he would have discovered that the patient was adversely reacting to flutamide and should have switched to another therapy.

 

$800,000 Neal v. Loma Linda University Medical Center – Dan Powell recovered $800,000 for the family of Dr. Neal, who was admitted to the defendant’s medical center for hip replacement surgery. After surgery, the patient suffered an aspiration complication. Rather than treat the condition, the patient was negligently allowed to suffer a second aspiration event, which resulted in his death three months later.

 

$718,794 Herron v. Neelappa, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained an arbitration award for the plaintiff in the amount of $718,794. The arbitration panel found that Dr. Neelappa was negligent in his failure to timely diagnose and treat bacterial pneumonia, leading to the patient’s death.

 

$500,000 Province v. Confidential M.D. – Dan Powell obtained $500,000 for the plaintiff. In this case, the defendant negligently failed to follow-up on a routine pre-operative chest x-ray which disclosed a 5cm mass. The delay in diagnosis allowed the lung cancer to spread to a point where it became inoperable.

 

$500,000 Velez v. County of San Diego – Dan Powell obtained $500,000 for the plaintiff. In this case, the child was placed on isoniazid to treat a suspected tuberculosis infection. The patient’s delivered signs and symptoms of liver toxicity went unrecognized. As a result, the patient suffered severe and permanent liver damage and underwent a liver transplant.

 

$395,000 Perez v. St. Joseph’s Hospital – Kevin Callahan obtained a trial verdict on behalf of our client against a hospital for medical negligence. It was successfully proven that the hospital emergency room doctors failed to properly diagnose a lower leg “compartment syndrome” suffered in our client’s work-related accident.

 

$285,000 Gonzales v. Heard, M.D. – Dan Powell obtained a verdict of $285,000 for the plaintiff. The jury found that Dr. Heard negligently failed to diagnose and treat an esophoged perforation, leading to mediastinitis, requiring a prolonged hospital stay and repeat surgeries.

 

$250,000 Rahmatulla v. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Dan Powell obtained an arbitration award in the amount of $250,000, the maximum amount allowed by California law. In this case, the arbitration panel found that the defendant failed to timely diagnose and treat plaintiff’s cauda equina syndrome, and as a result of the delay, the patient suffered bowel and bladder dysfunction.

 

$200,000 Mitchell v. US Family Care – Dan Powell obtained a verdict for the plaintiff of $200,000 for emotional distress. The jury found that the defendant physicians were negligent in telling the plaintiff that a lesion on his penis was the result of herpes. The plaintiff in fact had a sebaceous cyst, which was easily and permanently removed when the correct diagnosis was made. The plaintiff believed that for approximately two years he was suffering from an incurable disease and blamed his unsuspecting girlfriend for the infection.

 

$200,000 Phillips v. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Dan Powell obtained an arbitration award of $200,000 for the plaintiff. The arbitrator found the Kaiser physician, Dr. Dilibero, negligently failed to anatomically reduce the plaintiff’s elbow fracture, leading to permanent dysfunction.

 

Trucking Accidents

$1,100,000 Hernandez v. West Coast Sand & Gravel – Kevin Callahan obtained a recovery in excess of the policy limits for our client after a two-week trial in Orange County. Our client was injured while riding his bike on the sidewalk (in violation of the vehicle code) at 4:30 am, and then riding into the crosswalk (also in violation of vehicle code) in front of a turning truck.

 

Car Accidents

$7,250,000 Rivera v. San Fernando Valley Automotive – This settlement was obtained by Tom Beck and Greg Vanni for three clients who were injured in a collision with a pick-up truck in a heavily disputed case.

 

$1,538,100.00 Summerfield v. State Farm – Greg Vanni recovered a total amount of $1,538,100 for a client who suffered a back injury and required surgery as a result of an automobile accident. A settlement was first achieved with the negligent motorist’s insurance company for $100,000, and then an underinsured motorist claim was filed with the client’s insurance company, State Farm. State Farm offered only $20,000, so the case proceeded to binding arbitration, resulting in an additional $1,438,100 award.

 

$1,500,000.00 Simmons v. Estate of Timothy Eaton – This settlement was obtained by Greg Vanni in a case involving a highway collision in which the client was traveling in a pick-up truck with her two children. Although she did not receive emergency medical care, she later required neck surgery.

 

$1,500,000.00 Felder v. Fleming – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained the recovery for our client who suffered a fractured femur as a result of an accident when a vehicle turned left in front of him at an intersection.

 

$1,410,203.30 Wolford v. Hardin – This case resulted in a jury verdict for a 20-year old client who was struck by an elderly driver who claimed the client was traveling at 90 mph at the time of the crash. Even after reducing the verdict by comparative negligence of the client, the net recovery was nearly a million dollars in a case in which the maximum pre-trial offer was $200,000.

 

$1,210,173.13 Heimbuch v. Confidential Defendant – Greg Vanni’s client was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a negligent motorist. As a result, our client suffered a fractured neck but was able to avoid surgery. The insurance company refused to offer a fair settlement, and so the case proceeded to binding arbitration, resulting in a total arbitration award of $1,210,173.13.

 

$1,100,000.00 Gardner v. Confidential Defendant – This case involved a moderate automobile collision in which liability was disputed. The defendant carried only a $100,000 liability policy. After successful negotiations during a lengthy mediation process, the case settled for one million dollars above the $100,000 policy limits. Greg Vanni was able to convince the defendant’s insurance carrier to pay the full amount of the damages, despite the limited insurance coverage.

 

$1,000,000.00 Garcia v. Confidential Defendant – This case, which resulted in a $1 million settlement, involved a tow truck driver who was struck on the freeway and severely injured by a drunk driver. The drunk driver carried only a $25,000 liability policy. Greg Vanni was able to convince the drunk driver’s employer to pay $1 million towards settlement of this case, despite the fact that the defendant was driving his own personal vehicle on a personal errand when the accident occurred.

 

$925,000.00 Millican v. Valley Sod Farms – Kevin Callahan obtained a significant settlement for our client who suffered a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury as well as orthopedic injury to his clavicle, knee and back. Our client was a pedestrian who was injured in an accident caused when a flatbed truck parked in the middle of the street obstructed the view of motorists turning onto a major street.

 

$900,000.00 Elizarraras v. Golden Eagle Insurance Company – Kevin Callahan recovered the full available policy limits for our client who suffered shoulder and back injuries in an automobile accident while in the course and scope of his employment. The settlement was for the full policy limits against both the negligent driver and then the full remaining limits on the employers Underinsured Motorist policy.

 

$750,000.00 Davis v. Confidential Defendant – This case involved a moderate automobile accident that occurred on the freeway. The plaintiff got out of his car and went to the assistance of one of the injured victims from the crash. While assisting one of the victims, plaintiff was struck on the freeway by another motorist. The plaintiff suffered a serious leg fracture that required surgery and hospitalization. Greg Vanni achieved a settlement of $750,000, despite a vigorous defense in which liability was hotly disputed.

 

$750,000.00 Ellis v. Confidential Defendant – This case involved a car collision that resulted in multiple fractures and surgery for an 80-year old client. Greg Vanni successfully negotiated a settlement of $750,000.

 

$500,000.00 Carlson v. Safeco – Greg Vanni obtained a $500,000 policy limits settlement for our 87-year old client who was injured by a drunk driver in a freeway accident. Although the client did not require any surgery, and has recovered well from his injuries, the full policy limits were paid by the insurance company.

 

$500,000.00 Dubrow v. Serna, Chubb/Federal Insurance Company – Kevin Callahan obtained settlements for our client who sustained a neck injury when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was rear ended. The settlements were for the policy limits of the responsible driver and her own Underinsured Motorist policy.

 

$575,000.00 Hofmann v. Connex West – Kevin Callahan obtained a successful recovery for our client who sustained a back injury (without diagnostic confirmation) as a result of being pushed off a commuter bus at Union Station.

 

$300,000.00 Vampola v. Wane, Farmers/Mid-City Insurance – Kevin Callahan obtained a policy limits settlement against the responsible driver and an Underinsured Motorist policy limits arbitration award for our client who suffered a back injury in a low speed parking lot accident. Defendant contended that the force of the accident could not cause a lower back injury and that our client had both prior and subsequent accidents and injuries to her lower back that were the more likely cause.

 

$250,000.00 Karantonis v. Davis – Michael O’Connor recently obtained a $250,000 settlement for an auto v. auto case in which his client suffered a fractured arm resulting in the need for surgery.

 

$241,217.00 Trejo/Gotanda v. L. A. Checker Cab Cooperative, Tuvshin Vaanjav – Michael P O’Connor obtained a jury verdict of $241,217.00 on behalf of his clients who were involved in a multi-vehicle collision initiated by a taxicab driver who was found to be intoxicated. Prior to the Trial, the Defendants’ insurance carrier, Mercury Insurance Group, made a global settlement offer of $129,500.00.

 

$160,443.36 Santana v. Wirthlin – Michael O’Connor obtained a jury verdict on behalf of his client who injured her shoulder in an automobile accident. Prior to Trial, Defendants insurance company, State Farm, only offered Mr. O’Connor’s client $25,000.00.

 

$3.5 million Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – This settlement was obtained for the mother of a 34-year old unmarried woman who was killed in a passenger vehicle versus big rig truck crash.

 

Construction Site Accidents

$23,200,000 Gibilisco/Huizar v. Thomason Mechanical Corporation – This recovery was obtained by Tom Beck and Greg Vanni in a case that was partially settled and the remainder tried to a verdict.

 

$6,896,264 Proctor v. Newberg

 

$6.5 Million Regalado v. Callaghan – Daniel Powell and Michael O’Connor obtained a $6.5M jury verdict for Plaintiff who was injured installing mechanical equipment including propane water heater in an underground vault which the defendant had previously purchased and had installed on his lot. Plaintiff suffered full body burns over 51% of his body when he turned the spa heater on and an explosion ensued ejecting him from the vault. Plaintiff also suffered vertebral body fractures and also had to undergo spinal fusion surgery and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

$5,000,000 Schlock v. Frith-Smith Construction – Kevin Callahan recovered $5 million for the husband and wife (wife asserted a claim for loss of consortium) clients when the husband, who was the construction site superintendent was injured as a result of an impalement through his face on uncapped rebar. Plaintiff (who as site superintendent had overall site safety responsibilities) had seen and recognized the rebar in the hours before the accident, but had failed to demand corrective action. He was walking across an unsecured piece of wood immediately adjacent to the footing excavation where the unsecured rebar was present, when the wood wobbled and he lost his balance, falling into the rebar. He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Hospital where he later experienced a stroke, partially paralyzing his right side and making communication difficulty. [Note: see related Schlock vs. County of Los Angeles–$1,500,000 Medical Malpractice recovery against County of Los Angeles for the failure of Los Angeles County medical facility failure to properly treat a diagnosed condition that led to a stroke suffered by plaintiff William Schlock]

 

$1,185,000 Simental v. Eli Jr. Pumping – Kevin Callahan recovered $1.185 million for the client who suffered leg amputation (at the knee) as a result of a work-related accident. The defendant’s general liability policy precluded coverage for employees and plaintiff was employed by his brother, the owner of the defendant company. Additionally, plaintiff had worked on the equipment on numerous occasions before and was familiar with the risks of the job and machine. Finally, there was no firm evidence that the defendant knew or had reason to know of the structural weakness of a component of the machine, which was 50-60 years old at the time of the accident. The defendant therefore contested liability and a risk existed that continued litigation might result in sufficient evidence to both defeat liability on negligence grounds and result in a valid contest on insurance coverage. The full policy limit settlement was obtained. Additionally, a $185,000 settlement was obtained from the property owner (avoiding a motion for summary judgment without evidence of affirmative negligence to defeat the motion).

 

$1,000,000 Scott v. Coastal Constructors – Kevin Callahan successfully represented our clients through a three-day mandatory arbitration against the general contractor who worked on their home renovation project and obtained the maximum available under the policy. It was claimed the contractor left an access point to the construction area open, resulting in our clients’ 9-year-old son falling to his death.

 

$690,000 Vicedomini v. HB Parkco Construction – Kevin Callahan obtained a successful recovery for our client who was injured when a porta-potty was knocked over by a dump truck on a construction project. Our client suffered lower back injury, although it was contended by the defense that the back injury pre-dated the accident.

 

$295,000 Campos v. JLS Concrete Pumping, Inc. – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement for our client who suffered fractured ribs and a back injury in the course and scope of his employment when a concrete pump delivery system was incorrectly prepared for a hillside stabilization project.

 

Dog Bites

$300,000 Ertel v. Confidential Defendant – In this case, Greg Vanni successfully negotiated a $300,000 settlement for a woman who was knocked down in her neighborhood by a dog that had run into the street.

 

$285,000 Jones v. Lee – Michael O’Connor obtained a $285,000 settlement on behalf of 53-year old real estate appraiser Craig Jones. Mr. Jones was visiting a property in order to conduct an appraisal and take photographs. He was told that it was safe to enter the backyard and that the owners’ two dogs were secure in their cages. As Mr. Jones entered the backyard, one of the dogs escaped and attacked him. In an effort to escape the dog’s attack, Mr. Jones fractured his foot and underwent surgery to install hardware. Thereafter, a second surgery was performed to remove the hardware. Mr. Jones’ medical specials totaled $21,667 and his loss of earnings claim totaled $11,876.

 

Insurance Bad Faith

$500,000 Bastida v. Confidential Insurance Company – Kevin Callahan recovered $500,000 for a client in a bad faith claim against the insurance company of a driver who rearended plaintiff, causing life-threatening injuries. The defendant in the underlying action carried only a $15,000 automobile insurance policy. While driving under the influence of alcohol, the rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle, causing multiple injuries requiring extended hospitalization. The defendant’s insurance company rejected a statutory offer to compromise served by plaintiff’s counsel, jointly for the $15,000 bodily injury limits and $7,500 for the property damage to plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant’s insurance company was willing to pay the $15,000 bodily injury limit, but contested the reasonableness of the property damage demand. After the offer to compromise lapsed, a stipulated judgment in excess of the policy limits was entered and the bad faith litigation ensued.

 

Legal Malpractice

$876,509 Phillips v. Confidential – Dan Powell obtained $876,509 for the plaintiff. In this case, the plaintiff retained an attorney to represent him in an underlying medical negligence case. The attorney obtained a substantial recovery but negligently failed to perfect a claim against the defendant County of Riverside. As a result, the plaintiff was unable to obtain a full recovery for the medical negligence claim and made a claim against her negligent attorney.

 

Negligent Security

$1,011,321 Schotz v. Miyagi’s Restaurant – Dan Powell obtained a verdict in the amount of $1,011,321 in an assault and battery case. Mr. Schotz was a patron of Miyagi’s Restaurant. When he left the restaurant on the night in question, he was assaulted by employees of a valet service hired by Miyagi to park patrons’ cars. The jury found that Miyagi was negligent in its hiring and retention of the valet service. Mr. Schotz suffered head trauma requiring surgery to treat a subdural hematoma.

 

$500,000 Martin v. Broadstone Serrano Apartments, Alliance Residential Company – Michael P. O’Connor obtained $500,000 on behalf of 32-year old George Martin. On January 30, 2008, Mr. Martin returned to his un-gated apartment complex in San Bernardino, California. As he exited his vehicle, he was robbed at gunpoint. After robbing Mr. Martin, one of the suspects shot him in the pelvis. Michael O’Connor sued the property owner and property management company on the theory that they had inadequate security and lighting at the apartment complex. The property management company’s policy included in their lease agreement that they did not provide any security and residents were required to sign and acknowledge that they alone were responsible for their own safety. Defendants claimed that they had no knowledge of any prior criminal activity other than a few minor vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries. Defendants alleged that no amount of security patrol officers or security measures could have prevented the robbery and shooting of Mr. Martin as the criminals completed the crime in approximately 5-10 seconds after confronting him. Defendants claimed that the criminals were solely responsible for the shooting and that Mr. Martin failed to prove the lack of security led to this attack. Mr. Martin recovered full use and function of his bladder and bowel and did not sustain any injury to his reproductive organs. Mr. Martin’s medical specials totaled $67,002 and his loss of earnings claim totaled $29,000.

 

$470,000 Molina v. Patricia Adam and Dennis Florine Management – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement for our client who lost her son who was shot and killed during a robbery at his place of employment. The claim against the defendant property owner was based on a failure to provide sufficient security. The defendant claimed that there was no notice of prior criminal conduct at the location and that the party responsible was solely the criminal assailant.

 

$200,000 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant

 

Pedestrian Accidents

$2,250,000.00 Schneider v. LACMTA – Greg Vanni obtained a $2.225 million settlement for our 72-year old client who was knocked to the ground by a Metro bus in Los Angeles.

 

$2,250,000.00 Yi v. LACMTA – Greg Vanni achieved a $2.225 million settlement for our 85-year old client whose leg was run over by a Metro bus in Los Angeles.

 

$1,000,000.00 Fox v. Confidential Defendant – Greg Vanni was able to obtain a full policy limits settlement of $1 million for his client, who was struck by a negligent motorist while the client was in a crosswalk. The client sustained a severely fractured ankle and required multiple surgeries.

 

$312,500.00 Terz v. Kopp – Michael O’Connor obtained a settlement on behalf of his 82-year-old client who suffered a broken leg when she was struck by a vehicle as she was walking through the parking lot of a retail store.

 

Public Entity And Government Liability

$20 million Vetterani v. State of California – This settlement was reached by Tom Beck and Greg Vanni for several clients involved in a serious traffic collision on Highway 395 in San Bernardino County.

 

$6,000,000 Estrada v. UCI Medical Center (UC Regents) – Negligent failure to observe newborn. Newborn was suffocated after being placed on other’s chest during “Golden Hour.” Newborn suffered severe anoxic brain damage, cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia.

 

$2,500,000 Sprinkel v. County of Los Angeles

 

$2,250,000 Schneider v. LACMTA – This settlement was achieved by Greg Vanni for our 72-year old client who was knocked to the ground by a Metro bus in Los Angeles.

 

$2,250,000 Yi v. LACMTA – This settlement was achieved by Greg Vanni for our 85-year old client whose leg was run over by a Metro bus in Los Angeles.

 

$449,000 Albin v. City of Irwindale – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained a favorable settlement for our client who while riding his bike and crossing a bridge had his tire caught in an expansion joint. Our client sustained a left hip fracture. The defense contended that it was immune from liability, the condition was not dangerous and that it was open and obvious and our client was responsible for the accident for crossing the bridge inappropriately.

 

$412,000 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement against the City of Sierra Madre and a trial verdict against the adjacent property owner for a traumatic brain injury caused when our 75 year old client tripped and fell over an uplifted sidewalk. The claim against the City was that the sidewalk was a dangerous condition of public property and the claim against the property owner was that a tree on the adjacent property caused the sidewalk to uplift and become dangerous.

 

$285,000 DeYoung v. Pacific Bell, AT&T and City of Pasadena – Kevin Callahan obtained a favorable settlement for our client who sustained a fractured elbow in a bicycle accident caused by a cable construction project which left the roadway in a dangerous condition.

 

$200,000 Fein v. City of Los Angeles, et al. – Kevin Callahan obtained a significant settlement against the City of Los Angeles and the adjoining property owner to compensate our client who suffered a fractured upper arm when she tripped and fell on an uplifted sidewalk. The claim against the City of Los Angeles was that the sidewalk constituted a dangerous condition of public property and the claim against the adjacent property owner was that a tree in the parkway maintained by the property owner caused the uplifted sidewalk.

 

$160,000 Palmer v. City of Pasadena and All Saints Church – Kevin Callahan obtained a significant settlement for our client who suffered a fractured ankle in a fall caused by a cracked and deteriorated curb. The claim against the City of Pasadena was that a dangerous condition existed on public property and the claim against the adjacent property owner (a local church) was that their delivery trucks caused the damage to the curb. The defendants argued that the cracked curb was not a dangerous condition, that they had no notice of the condition, the condition was “open and obvious” and therefore plaintiff’s own fault.

 

Slip And Fall Accidents

$6.65 million Grassi v. UDO – Tom Beck and Greg Vanni obtained a record-setting jury verdict for a trip-and-fall case. This accident resulted in severe personal injury to the plaintiff and was heavily disputed.

 

$1,700,000.00 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained the recovery for our client who tripped on a skylight (one of hundreds on the roof of the commercial building which plaintiff had been on many times before the date of the accident) when walking backward trying to untangle his pressure wash hose. The recovery was against the manufacturer of the skylight based on a claim that it was manufactured defectively, and against the property owner on a claim that the property was dangerous.

 

$1,011,321.00 Schotz v. Miyagi’s Restaurant – Dan Powell obtained a verdict in the amount of $1,011,321 in an assault and battery case. Mr. Schotz was a patron of Miyagi’s Restaurant. When he left the restaurant on the night in question, he was assaulted by employees of a valet service hired by Miyagi to park patrons’ cars. The jury found that Miyagi was negligent in its hiring and retention of the valet service. Mr. Schotz suffered head trauma requiring surgery to treat a subdural hematoma.

 

$1,000,000.00 Scott v. Coastal Constructors – Kevin Callahan successfully represented our clients through a three day mandatory arbitration against the general contractor who worked on their home renovation project and obtained the maximum available under the policy. It was claimed the contractor left an access point to the construction area open, resulting in our clients’ 9-year-old son falling to his death.

 

$950,000.00 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – Greg Vanni obtained a settlement for a 72-year old client suffered a skull fracture in a fall. The client did not require surgery but was hospitalized for two weeks and underwent outpatient rehabilitation and was left with some residual brain damage.

 

$850,000.00 Rojas v. Confidential Defendant – Kevin Callahan obtained a very successful settlement for our client who suffered a Mild Traumatic Brain injury when he slipped and fell on an unknown liquid in the bathroom of the defendant’s restaurant. Defendant denied the existence of any dangerous condition on the floor and denied necessary notice.

 

$653,000.00 Steslicki v. Custom Craft Flooring, Commercial Roofing Systems and Osborn Architects – Kevin Callahan successfully obtained a significant settlement for our client who suffered knee, elbow, neck and back injuries in a trip & fall accident in her work as a teacher. The accident occurred due to a roof leak that caused the flooring in our client’s classroom to separate at the seams.

 

$540,000.00 Peralez v. Confidential Defendant – Plaintiff and her family were at a local movie theatre when her chair suddenly collapsed in the middle of the movie, resulting in a back injury requiring surgery. Greg Vanni achieved a settlement of $540,000.

 

$414,868.00 Leiterman v. Costco Corporation – Michael P. O’Connor obtained a jury verdict against Costco for his client who suffered a broken kneecap when she slipped and fell on liquid detergent in the food court of a local Costco store. Prior to Trial, Costco made no offers to settle the case. The jury returned a verdict of 12-0 on liability in favor of Ms. Leiterman.

 

$412,000.00 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement against the City of Sierra Madre and a trial verdict against the adjacent property owner for a traumatic brain injury caused when our 75-year-old client tripped and fell over an uplifted sidewalk. The claim against the City was that the sidewalk was a dangerous condition of public property and the claim against the property owner was that a tree on the adjacent property caused the sidewalk to uplift and become dangerous.

 

$402,000.00 March v. Costco, Inc. – Kevin Callahan secured a very favorable settlement for our client who suffered a knee injury when tripping and falling over a delineator base which was placed over a pothole in the Costco parking lot. Our client had prior knee conditions and surgery and the defendant claimed that the condition was not dangerous and was in plain sight.

 

$377,000.00 Sanders v. Terrace Franklin Homeowners Association – Kevin Callahan secured a favorable settlement for our client who suffered a knee injury requiring surgery when she slipped and fell in water in the parking structure of her apartment complex. The defendant claimed that the condition was not dangerous and that it had no notice of the condition in advance of the accident.

 

$225,000.00 Yoon v. Towfigh Family Trust – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement for our client who sustained a lower back injury when stepping into a drain in the parking area of her apartment complex, which was covered by a drainage grate that left a four-inch gap.

 

$200,000.00 Fein v. City of Los Angeles, et al. – Kevin Callahan obtained a significant settlement against the City of Los Angeles and the adjoining property owner to compensate our client who suffered a fractured upper arm when she tripped and fell on an uplifted sidewalk. The claim against the City of Los Angeles was that the sidewalk constituted a dangerous condition of public property and the claim against the adjacent property owner was that a tree in the parkway maintained by the property owner caused the uplifted sidewalk.

 

$200,000.00 Masters v. Chaffey USD – Michael P. O’Connor obtained a $200,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old woman who broke her ankle while descending a set of unsafe steps at a local high school football stadium.

 

$185,000.00 Green v. Coman – Michael O’Connor obtained a settlement of $185,000 for his client who was injured at his apartment complex. Client tripped over an unfinished planter box outside his apartment unit and suffered a torn patella tendon that required surgery. Client’s past medical expenses totaled approximately $20,000.

 

$160,000.00 Palmer v. City of Pasadena and All Saints Church – Kevin Callahan obtained a significant settlement for our client who suffered a fractured ankle in a fall caused by a cracked and deteriorated curb. The claim against the City of Pasadena was that a dangerous condition existed on public property and the claim against the adjacent property owner (a local church) was that their delivery trucks caused the damage to the curb. The defendants argued that the cracked curb was not a dangerous condition, that they had no notice of the condition, the condition was “open and obvious” and therefore plaintiff’s own fault.

 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

$6,650,000.00 Grassi v. UDO – Tom Beck and Greg Vanni obtained a record-setting jury verdict for a trip-and-fall case. This accident resulted in severe personal injury to the plaintiff and was heavily disputed.

 

$6,000,000.00 Estrada v. UCI Medical Center (UC Regents) – Negligent failure to observe newborn. Newborn was suffocated after being placed on other’s chest during “Golden Hour.” Newborn suffered severe anoxic brain damage, cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia.

 

$4,000,000.00 Rios v. Ames True Temper Inc. – A split rim pneumatic tire on a garden hose cart exploded while being inflated during cart assembly. Design defect. Plaintiff suffered traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, facial lacerations and loss of sense of smell.

 

$2,000,000.00 Chang v. UPS

 

$1,410,203.30 Wolford v. Hardin – Greg Vanni obtained a jury verdict for a 20-year old client who was struck by an elderly driver who claimed the client was traveling at 90 mph at the time of the crash. Even after reducing the verdict by comparative negligence of the client, the net recovery was nearly a million dollars in a case in which the maximum pre-trial offer was $200,000.

 

$950,000.00 Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – Greg Vanni obtained a settlement for a 72-year old client suffered a skull fracture in a fall. The client did not require surgery but was hospitalized for two weeks and underwent outpatient rehabilitation and was left with some residual brain damage.

 

$925,000.00 Millican v. Valley Sod Farms – Kevin Callahan obtained a significant settlement for our client who suffered a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury as well as orthopedic injury to his clavicle, knee and back. Our client was a pedestrian who was injured in an accident caused when a flatbed truck parked in the middle of the street obstructed the view of motorists turning onto a major street.

 

$850,000.00 Rojas v. Confidential Defendant – Kevin Callahan recovered $850,000 in a slip-and-fall case against the restaurant whose bathroom floor the client slipped on. Plaintiff was a customer of defendant’s restaurant and slipped and fell on a wet bathroom floor, the tile being non-slip. A sign warning of the slippery nature of the wet floor was present in the bathroom and subsequent coefficient of friction tests of the floor determined it to be in appropriate/safe ranges. Plaintiff never lost consciousness after the accident. Within a short time, plaintiff experienced severe headaches, memory problems, speech problems, fatigue and depression, and was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. As trial approached, all experts agreed, including the plaintiff’s medical experts, that plaintiff no longer suffered from a brain injury. Plaintiff’s ongoing cognitive problems were associated with a psychiatric “transference” or “mirroring”. Plaintiff’s injuries caused him to incur more than 2 years of lost income from his prior employment in the petroleum industry and uncertain future lost income.

 

Wrongful Death

$23.2 million Gibilisco/Huizar v. Thomason Mechanical Corporation – This recovery was obtained by Tom Beck and Greg Vanni in a case that was partially settled and the remainder tried to a jury verdict.

 

$4.65 million Whatley-Miller v. Cooper, M.D. – Daniel Powell obtained a $4.65 million unanimous jury verdict when jury found family doctor negligently failed to diagnose heart attack causing death.

 

$3.5 million Confidential Client v. Confidential Defendant – This settlement was obtained for the mother of a 34-year old unmarried woman who was killed in a passenger vehicle versus big rig truck crash.

 

$2,000,000.00 Macias v. Drewry

 

$1,000,000.00 Scott v. Coastal Constructors – Kevin Callahan successfully represented our clients through a three-day mandatory arbitration against the general contractor who worked on their home renovation project and obtained the maximum available under the policy. It was claimed the contractor left an access point to the construction area open, resulting in our clients’ 9-year-old son falling to his death.

 

$850,000.00 Fu v. Pine Knot Marina – Michael P. O’Connor obtained a wrongful death settlement on behalf of the parents of a 33-year-old man who drowned while swimming from a rented boat in Big Bear Lake. Mr. O’Connor sued the Marina for failing to provide proper safety instructions and equipment

 

$500,000.00 Ayala v. Stauch – Kevin Callahan recovered a significant settlement for the parents who lost their adult son when a tree in a mobile home park in which he lived fell in a violent windstorm. The defense claimed that they had no notice that the tree was at risk for falling and that the accident was an “act of God”.

 

$470,000.00 Molina v. Patricia Adam and Dennis Florine Management – Kevin Callahan obtained a settlement for our client who lost her son who was shot and killed during a robbery at his place of employment. The claim against the defendant property owner was based on a failure to provide sufficient security. The defendant claimed that there was no notice of prior criminal conduct at the location and that the party responsible was solely the criminal assailant.