Wrongful Death

Failure to warn of traffic danger is claimed when motorcyclist dies. $5 million. Los Angeles County.

Restaurant patron turns the wrong way out of parking lot onto one-way highway.

  • Case Name: Eileen Annocki and Joseph Annocki, Sr. v. Peterson Enterpises, LLC dba Geoffrey’s Malibu and Terry Allen Turner, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 08, 2017

Aspiration warnings for 73-year-old hospital patient ignored by staff. $1.7M. Los Angeles County.

Medical negligence by nursing staff is blamed for death when patient aspirates food in rehab program after neck surgery.

  • Case Name: Higgins v. Providence Health System – Southern California dba Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017

Excessive force claimed when 7 officers respond to vandalism call. Wrongful shooting death. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Intoxicated man, unarmed, provokes police with broomsticks and rocks. Nonlethal-force options were deployed, but one officer ends up shooting him.

  • Case Name: Ramirez v. LAPD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wrongful death in hotel room. $5 million settlement after bench verdict. Los Angeles County.

Man dies in hotel room from carbon monoxide poisoning; faulty pool heater blamed.

  • Case Name: Ruf v. Palm Canyon Hotels, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 06, 2017

Minor children sue mother for murder of their father. $10 million bench verdict. Los Angeles County.

Estranged wife found guilty of second degree murder of her husband is sued by their minor children.

  • Case Name: Lauren Mora, et al. v. Socorro Paz Mora
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 07, 2016

911 call results in police shooting/killing young man. $2.2 million. Los Angeles County.

Young African-American with knives is tasered by one officer and shot by another after family calls police because he is threatening to kill himself.

  • Case Name: Eaddy v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Construction worker falls to his death from concrete form. $26.9 million. Los Angeles County.

Construction worker on top of a concrete form panel falls when panel collapses. Liability is disputed among contractors.

  • Case Name: Rosa B. Gonzalez, Aaron E. Gonzalez and Atarah E. Gonzalez v. Atlas Construction Supply, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fatal highway accident blamed on faulty manufacture of motor home. Defense verdict. Sonoma County.

Family members killed when their car skids on fluid in roadway; fluid leak blamed on motor home found disabled nearby.  Plaintiffs claim defective design and  manufacture of motor home.

  • Case Name: Menera v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al., consolidated with Ayala, et al., v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cyclist veers into path of car and is hit; later run over by truck. Wrongful death. Santa Cruz County.

A farmworker is struck by a car at dawn while riding his bike to work.  Alive and lying in the road, he is run over by a truck.

  • Case Name: Martinez-Sanchez v. Ahlem
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 08, 2016

Head-on collision kills plaintiffs' daughter. $3.5 million. San Bernardino County.

Defendant driver says she's entitled to sudden emergency defense as her vehicle came into contact with gravel on the highway shoulder.

  • Case Name: Arsenio D. Madero Jr., as an individual, and as a successor in interest of DJ Mariah Madero, deceased; Eloisa Madero; as an individual, and as a successor in interest of DJ Mariah Madero, deceased v. Mercedes Devoney Broughton, an individual, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 04, 2016

Railroad boilermaker dies of Mesothelioma from asbestos in repair shop. $6.95 million. Alameda County.

Railroad worker is exposed to asbestos in railroad repair shops long after asbestos protection for workers is mandated.

  • Case Name: Karen Emerson v. Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

15-year-old dies after being struck by car at dangerous crossing on way to school bus. $20 million. San Bernardino County.

School district hides evidence of its negligence in selection of bus stop locations and is sanctioned by court before trial. Later argues value of adopted son's death.

  • Case Name: Jong Ja Jun v. Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Imelda Hughes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Migrant orchard worker electrocuted by overhead power lines, family in Mexico awarded $4.7 million. Riverside County.

Orchard worker on ladder is electrocuted when ladder contacts SCE's overhead power lines.

  • Case Name: Estate of Pablo Padilla Ayala v. Southern California Edison Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Mother developing pneumonia calls Kaiser nurse advice line, is not seen by docs until it is too late. $2.74 million award. Alameda County.

Mother of two young children develops pneumonia-like symptoms and repeatedly calls Kaiser's nurse advice line. She is not seen by doctors until it is too late. Wrongful death due to medical negligence.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Kaiser
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 22, 2015

Wrongful death UIM arbitration award of $399,269. Sacramento County.

Sister says her deceased brother's UIM insurer isn't paying enough for his wrongful death in a vehicle accident.

  • Case Name: Susan Lee, et al. v. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 22, 2014

Doctor dies after heart treatment at Kaiser. $2.6 million net arbitration award. Los Angeles County.

Doctor, 56, is treated with stents at Kaiser, later dies of sudden cardiac death.

  • Case Name: Doe et al. v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 09, 2014