Negligence

Passenger in a medical transport van is injured during a collision at intersection. $1.2M. Los Angeles County.

Defendant blames a third party for causing the collision.

 

  • Case Name: Anna Kozlovsky v. Vitaliy Zilbershertyn and New Century Medical Transportation, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

School's lack of defibrillator said to be a cause in death of football player. $8M. Alameda County.

Freshman collapses and dies on field during football practice.

  • Case Name: Pulido v. Alameda Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Negligence claimed at residential care facility. $5.5M. Los Angeles County.

Untrained staff was assisting resident at residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE).

  • Case Name: M. Sherrill Phillips, by and through her Guardian Ad Litem, Lydia Phillips v. AvantGarde Senior Living, A California Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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

Dash cam proves that taxi cab ran red light. $1.5M. Santa Cruz County.

Video of the cab at the intersection was produced only one month before trial.

  • Case Name: Yolonda Lovejoy v. Santa Cruz Transportation; Yong Im Yoon
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, September 11, 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