Negligence

Young autistic man struck by a car after caretaker loses him. $6.2M. Orange County.

Mentally incompetent man is on an outing to the fair when he walks away from caretaker and is later struck by car.

  • Case Name: Arthur Dotson and Kara Dotson, as conservators of Ian Dotson, conservatee v. Aacres, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, November 15, 2019

Low-speed crash at 4-way stop. $513K. Los Angeles County.

Eggshell plaintiff's car is struck at intersection at low impact.

  • Case Name: William Ochoa v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hot coffee spill in McDonald's drive-thru. $145K. San Diego County.

Yes, this really is another McDonald's hot-coffee case (the famous case was back in 1994). Plaintiff won against the owner-operator of the McDonald's restaurant.

  • Case Name: Ortiz v. McDonald's
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MIST case flagged SIU by State Farm. $260K verdict. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff says defendant rear-ended him; she says he reversed into her.

  • Case Name: Carlos Perez, Sr. v. Kailey Gullett, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Slip and fall near restroom results in a fractured knee in restaurant. $850K. Los Angeles County.

Patron slips on wet hallway floor as he leaves restroom.

  • Case Name: Jorge Perez v. Hibachi Buffet
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 07, 2019

Charging dog startled plaintiff, who fell and broke wrist. $254K. Los Angeles County.

Woman walking dog on sidewalk is startled when an unleashed dog "charges" at her.

  • Case Name: Patricia Francis v. Chad Sullivan and Christina Sullivan
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, September 13, 2019

Child is injured in home after social worker closes case. $113M. San Bernardino County.

Five-year-old child is severely brain injured by guardian after social worker fails to perform a mandatory duty and closes investigation of child abuse.

  • Case Name: Laurell Reed as guardian at litem for Noah Reed, a minor v. County of San Bernardino Children and Family Services
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Varsity football kicker's knee severely injured in trampoline park. $905K. Orange County.

Teenager falls on trampoline and his knee lands on a bolt. Negligence, products liability, premises liability.

  • Case Name: Justin Matlin v. Big Air Trampoline Park; Fun Spot Manufacturing, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 06, 2019

Car rolls as plaintiff attempts to sit in seat, claims valet at fault. Defense. Los Angeles County.

Both liability and causation are questioned after accident at restaurant valet.

  • Case Name: Mark Williams v. Geoffrey's Malibu
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Addict commits suicide at detox center. $11M. Santa Cruz County.

Man addicted to "Benzos" commits suicide in detox center. Policy limits ($1 million each defendant) CCP 998s served by plaintiffs on each defendant. 

  • Case Name: Cunningham v. Halcyon Horizons Inc., dba Narconon Redwood Cliffs and Bright Futures Recovery, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 03, 2019

Workplace accident at home improvement store. $2.9M. Orange County.

Man driving a handicapped electric cart in home improvement store knocks over an employee with a long piece of material he had placed in the cart's basket.

  • Case Name: Gough v. Belcher
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, April 29, 2019

20-year-old makes evasive maneuver, loses control and crashes into parked truck. $30M. Ventura County.

The driver died of her injuries and her parents brought suit. Truck driver had parked rig on side of highway.

  • Case Name: Rodolfo Plascencia, an individual; Diocelina Trujillo an individual v. Charles Gynn Deese, an individual; Flat Creek Transportation, an Alabama Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 25, 2019

Performer's stage dive at pre-Grammy show is shown to injure plaintiff. $4.5M. Los Angeles.

Young woman suffers stroke after being struck by stage diving DJ at concert. Both liability and causation were contested.

  • Case Name: Fraissl v. Moore et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Diabetic man dies in hotel room, housekeeper blamed. Defense. Orange County.

Housekeeper saw man lying on floor in his hotel room before his death, but does not report it.

  • Case Name: Bush v. OHI Resort Hotels, LLC et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, September 06, 2018

Contractors attempt to set up traffic break without CHP, resulting in crash. $5.5M. San Luis Obispo County.

Paving contractors need to move equipment from one side of highway to the other. They use their vehicles to set up a traffic break, resulting in a high-speed crash.

  • Case Name: Bruce v. Telfer Technologies, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 31, 2018

Gym customer trips; defense falls apart over waiver. $636K. Los Angeles County.

Woman using the gym trips over an electrical box on the floor. Parties dispute liability release.

  • Case Name: Ziegler v. The Bay Clubs Company, LLC, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 16, 2018