Vehicles - Auto vs. Auto

Medical treatment delayed after T-bone accident. Defense offered $4K. $113,000 verdict. Los Angeles County.

T-bone accident occurs as defendant exits driveway.  Causation disputed.

  • Case Name: Sebastian Mego v. Anca Stefanescu
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 24, 2014

Homeless ex-con on bike hits car door that's suddenly opened; $44K offer. $85K verdict. Santa Barbara County.

Plaintiff is riding his bike after a shift at a fast food restaurant when a car door is opened in front of him, causing him to fall. Fractured clavicle, shoulder injury.

  • Case Name: Lopez v. Wicklman
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 06, 2014

Wrongful death UIM arbitration award of $399,269. Sacramento County.

Sister says her deceased brother's UIM insurer isn't paying enough for his wrongful death in a vehicle accident.

  • Case Name: Susan Lee, et al. v. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 22, 2014

Diabetic blackout said to cause head-on collision. $3.2 million. Amador County.

Two cars collide on 2-lane bridge. Defendant driver was an insulin-dependent diabetic suffering from low blood sugar.

  • Case Name: Tara Frisk v. Catherine Cowan
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, September 19, 2014

Vehicle accident on farm road results in jury verdict of $600K. Merced County.

Necessity of spine surgery disputed after rear-ender. Last defense offer $97,000.

  • Case Name: Bernardo Rodriguez v. Antonio Lopes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Soft-tissue injuries to plaintiff driver and passenger. Liability disputed. $43K. Santa Barbara County.

Two plaintiffs in one car suffered soft-tissue injuries from rear-ender. Defendant disputed liability and extent of treatment.

  • Case Name: Martinez v. Cortes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 31, 2014

$152,500 verdict for back injuries in minor impact collision. Alameda County.

Cab rear-ends car at stop light; minimal vehicle damage. Defense CCP 998 offer of $30,000. Plaintiff had low back decompression surgery. Jury said $152,000.

  • Case Name: Odom v. Friendly Cab et. al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

$1.03 million verdict for neck and shoulder injuries in rear-ender; only $55,000 offered CCP 998. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff with pre-existing conditions receives over $1 million jury verdict after rear-ender and low offer from defense.

  • Case Name: Griffin v. Johal
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 01, 2013

Driver overreacts to being cut off by unknown driver, collides with plaintiff. $76,984 net. Orange County.

An unkown driver cuts across two lanes of traffic, cutting off defendant driver who swerves and strikes plaintiff driver.  Defendant found 50% negligent.  $76,984 net after 50% comparative negligence by unknown driver.

  • Case Name: Estora Pugh v. Jillann Benson
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 27, 2013

Defense verdict after policy limit offer of $50k was refused in rear-ender with disputed causation. San Diego County.

Freeway rear-ender injures plaintiff, age 50, with long history of back pain complaints.  Liability admitted but causation and extent of injuries disputed. 

  • Case Name: Juvenal Hernandez v. Juan Pacheco
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, April 15, 2013

Rear-end accident results in disputed injury, offer of $20K. $1.2 million awarded by jury. Los Angeles County.

Rear-end accident occurs when defendant suddenly pulls in front of plaintiff in order to make a left-hand turn. Plaintiff rear-ended defendant. Plaintiff delayed treatment, and defendant contested injuries, offering only $20,000.  Jury awarded $1.2 million.

  • Case Name: Natalia North v. Francis Vogl
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 13, 2012

Plaintiff sought policy limit for neck and head injuries. After offer of $70,000, jury awards $160,000. San Diego County.

Plaintiff was rear-ended on the freeway. The impact caused neck and head injuries that continue to affect plaintiff.

  • Case Name: Matthew Jensen v. Jonathan Coburn
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Freeway rear-ender leads to low offer but $169,289 verdict for neck injuries. Orange County.

Freeway rear-ender with admitted liability leads to dispute over neck injury. $30,000 offer (CCP 998) but $169,289 verdict plus interest.

  • Case Name: Sally Gordon v. Morteza Hosseini
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Extent of injury and treatment disputed by State Farm after crash. $227K arb award after low offer.

Rear-ender at low impact exacerbates preexisting condition. Uninsured motorist arbitration.

  • Case Name: Wade Atteberry v. State Farm
  • Tuesday, 02 February 2021

$742K UIM arbitration award against Wesco Insurance Company. San Diego County.

Insurer argues that arbitration should not have proceeded due to plaintiff's failure to pursue workers' compensation claim and plaintiff's last-minute claims for future medical treatment.

  • Case Name: Jason Pearce v. Wesco Insurance
  • Tuesday, 05 October 2021
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021