Vehicles - Auto vs. Auto

"Eggshell" plaintiff claims injuries from minor accident require surgery. Defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff, 69, with history of prior back surgery, claims need for knee surgery after low-impact accident. Defendant admits liability for minor accident, but argues that no injuries could have occurred.

  • Case Name: Herman Johnson v. Yannet Morales
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

"Eggshell" plaintiff sustains knee, serious back and mental injuries, with lifetime disability. Causation disputed. $2.8 million. Sacramento County.

Plaintiff was an "eggshell plaintiff" both physically and mentally when her car was struck in a low-speed accident. Defense admitted liability but said accident could not have caused severe back problems and emotional/mental issues.

  • Case Name: Muniz v. Van Rein
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, March 25, 2016

Punitive damages against employer when truck driver uses illegal drugs; $2.1 million. San Luis Obispo County.

Father hires his son as a truck driver for his company. The son crashes a heavy delivery truck into a small car at 55-60 mph. Defense makes very low CCP 998 offer.  

  • Case Name: Kayleigh McCall v. Coast Line Distributing, Inc. and Paul Anthony Ceja
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Source of neck pain disputed after car crash. $203K. San Diego County.

Plaintiff treats for neck pain after auto accident; followed by one year gap in treatment.

  • Case Name: Thomas Collins v. Zenaida Ortega
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 03, 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

Cause and extent of injury disputed after three-vehicle rear-ender. Los Angeles County.

Driver stops for pedestrian, is hit from behind in three-vehicle rear-ender. Causation of injury is disputed.

  • Case Name: Ramirez v. Abouchian
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Driver is hit by drunk driver; quadriplegia. $125 million. Ventura County.

Young man, driving to work in his parents’ uninsured car, is hit by drunk driver and rendered a quadriplegic. Insurer refuses $75K combined policy limit demands.

  • Case Name: Francisco A. Briones v. Christopher Lee Zink
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, January 22, 2016

Defense offers $45K (CCP 998) in rearender, but jury says that's too much. $10K. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff claims disability after rearender, but defense says the impact was too low to cause the claimed injury.

  • Case Name: Judd v. Schaer
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Plumber claims disabling injuries in rear-ender, loss of business. Jury disagrees. Defense. Orange County.

Plumber says rear-ender caused disabling back injuries and the loss of his business. Defense sought to argue failure to mitigate damages because of medical services provided on liens when plaintiff had health insurance.  

  • Case Name: Azizian v. Power Engineers, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Plaintiff claims neck and low back injuries, has back surgery. $136,000 verdict. San Bernardino County.

CalTrans worker's snow plow truck is hit on mountain road; liability admitted but defense says plaintiff's treatment was excessive and unnecessary.

  • Case Name: Laub v. Doucett
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 27, 2015

Bar's insurer pays damage claim when truck strikes building, sues drivers that caused accident. $158,000. San Diego County.

Truck crashes into cocktail lounge after colliding with auto.  Cocktail lounge insurer pays damage claim, then sues drivers that caused the accident. 

  • Case Name: California Fair Plan v. Foster and Snap-On
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 29, 2015

Disputed liability in freeway rear-ender ends in defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff in rear-end freeway accident says he slowed for construction zone, but defendant says there was no construction zone.

  • Case Name: Tapia v. Orji
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Low verdict in rear-ender after low settlement offer. $1,125. San Diego County.

Plaintiffs delay treatment after low-impact rear-ender. Defense admitted liability but disputed extent of injuries.

  • Case Name: Mikesell v. Chinol
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Disputed extent of injury in freeway rear-ender, over $800K non-economic award. Los Angeles County.

Car is rearended on freeway by truck.  Neck injury disputed, with claim of constant pain and the need for surgery.

  • Case Name: Gutierrez v. ECCO Equipment Corporation, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Disputed injuries and causation to "eggshell" plaintiff, in rear-end accident. $359,485 verdict. Sacramento County.

"Eggshell" plaintiff needs increased pain meds, injections and future surgery after low-speed, rear-end impact.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. Landis, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rear-ender with disputed injuries. $57,000 verdict after $30K offer. Los Angeles County.

Rear-end accident at intersection results in disputed injuries, causation.

  • Case Name: Villalobos v. Aranda
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 31, 2014