Vehicles – rear-ender

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

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