Vehicles - Auto vs. Auto

Extent of injuries disputed in admitted-liability car crash. $335K. Santa Barbara County.

Plaintiff easily beats CCP 998. Plaintiff refused medical treatment at the scene. Defense says need for hip replacement was not caused by the crash.

  • Case Name: Santibanez v. Flesher
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Defendants dispute liability and damages in rear-ender. $147K. Fresno County.

Twenty-two visits to chiropractor and an MRI that reveals scoliosis.

  • Case Name: Nishan Mikhalli v. Eugenio Cayetano Galindo Estrada and Irma Juarez
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Rear-ender aggravates plaintiff's pre-existing, asymptomatic spine condition. $34K. San Diego County.

Plaintiff treats through Workers' Comp but says accident aggravated a preexisting condition. Plaintiff beats CCP 998.

  • Case Name: Smith v. Drenning
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 19, 2022

Defendant runs red light, causing T-bone crash. $866K. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff develops Complex Regional Pain Syndrome at her wrist. She then overcompensates and requires rotator cuff surgery.

  • Case Name: Beckman v. Laguna
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 30, 2022

Eggshell plaintiff experiences aggravation of prior neck injury after rear-ender. $38K. San Diego County.

State Farm only agrees to stipulate to liability as trial begins, argues low-impact minor injury.

  • Case Name: Blanding v. San Filippo
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 20, 2022

Tractor-trailer rear-ends auto. 3 plaintiffs experience various long-term pain issues. $45M. Los Angeles County.

Rear-end accident on the 10 Freeway in LA causes only moderate damage to large SUV when it's hit by truck. Defendant says injuries were built up.

  • Case Name: Souresrafil et al. v. Alonso et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Plaintiff incurs TBI, hip and lumbar/sacral spine injuries in auto crash. $1.1M. Los Angeles County.

Driver enters intersection despite sign warning "right turn only."

  • Case Name: Jennifer Valdez v. Ashley Jones
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 09, 2022

Company truck rear-ends plaintiff, causes injury to neck and back. $6.6M. Stanislaus County.

Defendants admitted liability but disputed the nature, extent, and cause of plaintiff’s injuries.

  • Case Name: Kerry Bosch v. Premiere Raspberries, LLC, DBA Dutra Farms, Rafael Gomez Quio and Does 1 through 25
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Driver of Ram truck incurs spinal injuries after being rear-ended by smaller car. $137K. Contra Costa County.

VW Jetta is totaled in crash, minimal damage to truck which had a trailer hitch port in place. State Farm defended.

  • Case Name: Dennis Shay v. Jakari Hynes-Akil
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, March 04, 2022

Left-turn at intersection crash. $138K. Santa Barbara County.

Extent of head, neck and back injuries and treatment disputed in admitted liability intersectional accident. 

  • Case Name: Kaufman v. Bryant
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, January 06, 2022

Defendant disputes need for two back surgeries after T-bone crash. $2.1M. Los Angeles County.

T-bone collision at intersection results in back injury and two surgeries, but defendant disputes the need for surgery, arguing pre-existing injury and over-treating.

  • Case Name: Delvecchio v. Bella
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, August 30, 2021

Eggshell plaintiff gets hit by driver making U-turn. $107K. San Diego County.

Allstate makes lowball offer and claims that plaintiff exaggerated his injury.

  • Case Name: Kirsch v. Li
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Man dies in crash between two pickup trucks. $5M. Stanislaus County.

Liability is disputed in high-speed head-on crash on two-lane road.

  • Case Name: Rosemary Perkins, individually and as the Successor-in-Interest to The Estate of Paul Perkins, and Maria Consuelo Rosas-Calderon, v. Waterworks Industries, Incorporated, William Anthony Borges, Jr., and DOES 1 to 30, inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Gynecological injuries disputed by defense after defendant driver hits plaintiff's car twice. Defense verdict. Fresno County.

Injury causation is in dispute when woman claims gynecological injuries in auto accident.

  • Case Name: Keren and Jonathan Farley v. Pedro Bautista
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 03, 2021

Lowball offer by State Farm in UM rear-ender. $382K. Nevada County.

UM claim in rear-ender goes to arbitration when State Farm offers only $13K against a $250K UM policy. Plaintiff was 51 years old and self-employed. Large loss-of-earnings claim.  

  • Case Name: Peterson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

Extent of attorney-referred treatment disputed after rear-ender. $100K. San Francisco County.

The first civil jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court in 2020 after the pandemic shutdown.  Defense argues the need for treatment was exaggerated by attorney-referred doctors, and that there was a pre-existing condition.

  • Case Name: Kelman Garcia v. Ting Lin
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 23, 2020