Vehicles – rear-ender

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

After rear-ender, defendants dispute injuries and reasonableness of treatment. $551K. Orange County.

Car is a total loss, but plaintiff walks away from crash. Defendant denies causation and says treatment was excessive.

  • Case Name: Amar Patel v. Rudolfo Loera; EBK Woodworking
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 11, 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

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

Defendant disputes disc injury after rear-ender. $1.1M. Riverside County.

Heavy dump truck strikes vehicle at stop sign. Defense claims low-impact accident.

  • Case Name: Manzo v. LGS Transport, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Plaintiff receives low award after causation and extent of injuries are contested. $58K. Orange County.

Plaintiff, a young adult, claims high medical damages, both past and future in admitted-liability rear-ender.

  • Case Name: Julian Eduardo Romo v. Gloria Lee
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Defense verdict in rear-ender. Riverside County.

Low-impact rear-ender blamed for back injuries. Defense says injuries were degenerative.

  • Case Name: Antonio Martinez and Julia Martinez v. Samuel Bautista
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Insurer disputes extent of injury and treatment after rear-ender UIM claim. $985K. San Joaquin County.

Insurer disputes necessity for lumbar surgery in UIM claim before it pays policy limits in arbitration award.

  • Case Name: Michael Gogue v. James River Insurance Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

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

19-year-old injured in rear-ender waits 17 days to seek treatment. $750K. Kern County.

Injured passenger delays seeking medical treatment for lower back pain, later claims back injury with need for surgery.

  • Case Name: Hermosillo v. Robinson
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 07, 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

OC Sheriff's investigator rear-ends family of three. $2.2M. Orange County.

Though liability is admitted, defendant Orange County disputes extent of injuries and treatment.

  • Case Name: Collazo v. County of Orange
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Verdict during pandemic in disputed-liability rear-ender. $253K. Orange County.

Jury trial held after court reopens during pandemic. Soft-tissue injury to neck leads to claim of tinnitus; liability and causation disputed.


  • Case Name: Nevarez v. Brutoco
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Insurance company claims fraud after hit-and-run accident claim. $159K arbitration award.

After plaintiff makes his second UIM claim for a hit-and-run accident, insurer cries foul.

  • Case Name: Michael Manes v. Allstate Northbrook Indemnity Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020