Vehicles – rear-ender

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

Full-stop rear-ender, injury disputed. $23K. Placer County.

To counter the defense argument as to extent of injury, plaintiff called the treating physician from Kaiser to testify that plaintiff was an active patient with no prior spine injuries/conditions. 

  • Case Name: Martin v. Maynard
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 03, 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

Plaintiff beats CCP 998 in rear-ender with disputed injuries. $1M. Los Angles County.

Liability admitted. Nature and extent of damages disputed when two pickup trucks collide.

  • Case Name: Bravo v. Garcia
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Rear-ender, minor impact with soft tissue and TBI. $6.8M. Napa County.

Business owner is sandwiched in low-impact rear-end collision. Says TBI prevents her from continuing her business.

  • Case Name: Margaret Jake O’Kelly v. Mariah Bryant
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Rear-ender causes ongoing neck and back pain. $12,500. Orange County.

Active-duty serviceman claims ongoing pain (four years) from rear-ender. All specials paid by military.

  • Case Name: Dante Calvo v. Patricia Tuqan
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 02, 2018

Liability admitted but injuries to two plaintiffs disputed in rear-ender. $823K. Los Angeles County.

Driver in course and scope of employment is liable for wreck;  nature and extent of injury and treatment is disputed.

  • Case Name: Azucena V. Garcia, et al. v. Salvador Hernandez, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 28, 2018

MIST double-impact rear-ender, directed verdict on causation. $40K. San Diego County.

Inattentive driver rear-ends another vehicle.

  • Case Name: Robinson v. Gertonson
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Multi-vehicle crash on freeway. $752K. Los Angeles County.

Crash in #1 lane throws vehicle into the HOV lane where it is struck by another vehicle.

  • Case Name: Christiane Davis v. Gamal, Supershuttle of LA, American Yellow Cab Co., et.al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Rear-ender causes ongoing neck pain, carrier offers half-million. $2.6 million. Sacramento County.

Case proceeds to trial despite CCP 998 offer of $500,000 with admitted liability but disputed causation.

  • Case Name: Lonny Johnson v. Davis Development Company, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 09, 2018

Passenger in Prius hit by big rig on freeway suffers from chronic neck and back pain. $7.8 M. San Bernardino County.

Plaintiff beats 998 and gets substantial non-economic damages in verdict when defendant trucker claims plaintiff's driver was at fault.

  • Case Name: Takemura v. Pacific Tank Lines
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Traumatic brain injury at issue in rear-ender. $10.7 million. Los Angeles County.

Child with learning disability is injured in high-impact rear-ender, claims traumatic brain injury (TBI), but insurer fails to make policy limit offer.

  • Case Name: M.C. v. Victor Mathews
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rear-ender with back injury and surgery. $1 million. Ventura County.

Liability is admitted but extent of injury and care is disputed.

  • Case Name: Mayra Silva v. James Allen Ramos
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, March 17, 2017

Minimal damage award after minor-impact rear-ender; injuries blamed on prior accident. $4,800. Imperial County.

Plaintiff claims $42,800 in past medical bills with neck and knee injuries, but jury looks to prior accident.

  • Case Name: Alicia Castro-Moreno v. Esteban Hernandez
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 19, 2016