Vehicles – rear-ender

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

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

Negligent entrustment claim in high-speed DUI crash. $1.6M. Santa Barbara County.

When DUI driver causes accident, his out-of-state father is blamed for loaning him the car.

  • Case Name: Flick v. Reyes
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Low-impact rear-ender causes long-term pain and knee replacement claims; $507K. San Bernardino County.

Plaintiffs beat CCP 998 demand, while defense contends no causation of injury and no need for knee replacement.

  • Case Name: Diane Bassett-Smith and Latravis Farmer, Jr. v. Arcenia Flores
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Partial quadriplegia results when van is rear-ended. $21.5M jury verdict. Madera County.

Farm worker is sitting in back row of passenger van when it is rear-ended while stopped at a railroad crossing. Liability admitted.

  • Case Name: Maclovio v. Brewer
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 28, 2020

Freeway rear-ender caused by federal employee causes MTBI and neck strain. $4M bench verdict.

Multi-million-dollar bench trial award for non-economic damages including loss of consortium when plaintiff suffers MTBI in freeway rear-ender. Defense disputes impact of collision and claimed damages, both economic and non-economic. 

  • Case Name: Rufo v. United States
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 28, 2020

Defense wins in rear-ender, claims over-treatment and no causation. Los Angeles County.

Million-dollar policy limits at stake after rear-ender causes only minor damage to vehicles.

  • Case Name: Davis v. Harano
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, February 10, 2020

Tractor-trailer rear-ends another. $3.4M. Los Angeles County.

Defendants argue causation and extent of injury after admitted-liability truck accident. $1 million offer.

  • Case Name: Malak Qaadir v. Figueroa and Pacifica Trucking
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, January 27, 2020

Rear-ender on 91 freeway with verdict lower than offer. $3,235. Los Angeles County.

Defendant had offered $30K while plalntiff demanded $100K.  Strong disagreement in medical testimony on need for procedures performed.

  • Case Name: Jessie Angulo v. Sidney Wilson
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rear-ender causes neck, back injuries and PTSD. $146K. Los Angeles County.

Two die in three-car collision, causing plaintiff's PTSD.

  • Case Name: Chika Lim v. Chin Sheying Wang, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, November 01, 2019

Extent of injuries disputed after rear-ender at traffic light. $197K. Los Angeles County.

$100K policy is opened up when defendant argues extent of injury after rear-ender.

  • Case Name: Lucas D. Kurzon v. Terilyn Rawson; Beau Thetford
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Freeway rear-ender. Defense, with cost award of $39K. Orange County.

After a long series of demands and offers, this one went to trial.  And there was a WC lien.

  • Case Name: Gilbert Badillo v. Daniel Bonelli
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 29, 2019