Negligence

Negligent care at residential facility results in sexual abuse of minor. $12 million. Sacramento County.

Residential facility for special needs children is accused of gross neglect leading to sexual assault off-campus.

  • Case Name: Doe v. FamiliesFirst, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017

Parking lot confrontation turns into beating. $268K gross. Sacramento County.

Left-turn dispute turns ugly inside a coffee shop. Negligence and battery.  

  • Case Name: Gregory Bagwell v. Mr. Funk and Mrs. Funk
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Highway collision with big rig. $750K verdict, followed by settlement. Monterey County.

Truck driver suddenly stops big rig in traffic lane on highway, is rammed by plaintiff's vehicle.

  • Case Name: Sabino Trejo v. Northwest Freightways, Ltd.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 21, 2016

Passenger at LAX slips and falls in bathroom. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Airline passenger slips and falls on wet floor in busy LAX bathroom.  Defense argues "it didn't happen" and the tile floor was safe.

  • Case Name: Lori Triplett v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Summer BBQ ends in broken facial bones for plaintiff. Defense verdict. Fresno County.

Dad at backyard barbeque is hit in face when young ball player loses control of metal baseball bat. Serious injuries.

  • Case Name: Heflebower v. Beard
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 19, 2016

Disputed liability and injuries in motorcycle accident. $3.7 million. Los Angeles County.

Lexus driver said to be at fault when motocyclist is severely injured; she says he was lane-splitting.

  • Case Name: Nicholson v. Borok
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Employer said negligent after one employee attacks another. $1.9 million. Solano County.

Negligent retention claimed by employee who is attacked at work by a co-worker.

  • Case Name: Gabriel Affonso v. Miguel Rocha d.b.a. M.R. Enterprise
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, August 01, 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

Guest falls onto slope at racquet club, claims negligence. Defense verdict. Orange County.

Tennis spectator trips and falls from patio onto slope.

  • Case Name: Rie Nakajima v. Russell D. Miller dba Anaheim Hills Racquet Club
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 18, 2016

City truck runs over beachgoer. $2.3 million. Los Angeles County.

Man sleeping on beach in Long Beach is run over by city truck. City says he should have known that trucks operate where he was sleeping.

 

  • Case Name: Jonathan Soto v. City of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Punitives in freeway DUI case. $152K jury verdict. Los Angeles County.

Drunk driver rear-ends another car on freeway at 2 a.m. Moderate injuries. Plaintiffs beat their 998 offer.

  • Case Name: Lawrence, et al. v. Mataele
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 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

School district found negligent in its supervision when middle school teacher repeatedly molests student. $8 million. Los Angeles County.

Male middle school teacher molests eighth grade female student.

  • Case Name: Antonia M. vs. Pomona Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cause/extent of injuries disputed in grocery store accident. $886K. Los Angeles County.

Elderly woman shopping at Albertson's is struck by loaded merchandise cart.

  • Case Name: Plent v. Anheuser-Busch, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hospital liable when physical therapy assistant sexually assaults patient. $1.5 million. Los Angeles County.

Hospital denies negligence when female patient claims assault by a physical therapy assistant.

  • Case Name: Margarita De La Rosa vs. White Memorial Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 07, 2016

Drunken plaintiff enters defendants' home while they sleep and is shot. Defense judgment. San Mateo County.

Drunken plaintiff breaks into defendant's home, thinking it belonged to a friend.  He is shot inside the home and sues the shooter.

  • Case Name: Patrick O'Neil v. Giovanni Balistreri, et. al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, January 19, 2016