Wrongful Death

Bicyclist is struck by car in or near bike lane. $4.7M. Los Angeles County.

City's dangerous bike lane said to contribute to death of bicyclist.

  • Case Name: Knopp v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Man dies of heat exhaustion at country club. $15M. Los Angeles County.

Club member suffers heat exhaustion in locker room, but staff members fail to timely call 911.

  • Case Name: Katherine Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club Ltd.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 25, 2019

Wrongful death of truck driver when fuel tanks explode. $12M. Los Angeles County.

Truck driver survives initial crash but is burned to death when fuel tanks explode.

  • Case Name: Courtney v. Daimler Trucks North America LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Teen is killed walking to school, city blamed for dangerous condition. $60M. San Bernardino County.

Teenager crossing highway at controlled intersection is killed on his way to school.

  • Case Name: Stephen De La Cruz/Summer Johnson v. Town of Apple Valley
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Addict commits suicide at detox center. $11M. Santa Cruz County.

Man addicted to "Benzos" commits suicide in detox center. Policy limits ($1 million each defendant) CCP 998s served by plaintiffs on each defendant. 

  • Case Name: Cunningham v. Halcyon Horizons Inc., dba Narconon Redwood Cliffs and Bright Futures Recovery, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 03, 2019

Man training for marathon is struck and killed by DUI driver. $20M. Ventura County.

Woman is high on marijuana and Xanax when she strikes runner on roadway.

  • Case Name: Prewitt v. Chappell
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 04, 2019

Woman tortured to death by her fiancee, the father of her child. $41.6M. Los Angeles County.

Gruesome murder results in large punitive damages award following civil trial.

  • Case Name: Kasian v. Leibel
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 15, 2019

Inmate suffering heroin withdrawal dies in county jail. $1.6M. Monterey County.

Family says he told jail staff he was in withdrawal and they failed to provide medical care.

  • Case Name: Mark Vasquez Pajas, et al. v. County of Monterey, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 07, 2019

Passenger dies when vehicle collides with tractor-trailer parked alongside freeway. $11M. Los Angeles County.

Driver parks truck illegally alongside road to relieve himself and is struck by another truck.

  • Case Name: Karen Garcia and the Estate of Jose Antonio Garcia v. Tri-Modal Distribution Services Inc. and Jorge Garcia
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Motorcyclist killed by city truck at intersection. $7M. Los Angeles County.

Motorcyclist dies when he collides with City of Covina truck. Plaintiff had lowered pre-trial demand to $1 million after CCP 998.


  • Case Name: Laura Asencio v. City of Covina, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 29, 2018

Police shooting results in wrongful death claim. Defense. Santa Clara County.

Police shoot a murder suspect, believing him to be armed.

  • Case Name: Jacquez v. City of San Jose, Jacob Morris
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 10, 2018

Pedestrian hit by vehicle dies. $4.5M. Los Angeles County.

Pedestrian struck by company vehicle in crosswalk.

  • Case Name: Tran v. TNT USA, INC.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 31, 2018

Auto accident blamed for fatal heart attack. Retrial. Defense verdict. Riverside County.

66-year-old man dies of heart attack at hospital where he was taken following an auto accident. Trial on causation.

  • Case Name: Ruth Gougeon, Steven Gougeon, Madeline Gougeon, Nicole Shuey v. Guy Parks
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Plaintiff's mother dies in fire. Cause disputed. $3M. San Francisco County.

Apartment fire blamed on faulty wiring, lack of maintenance.

  • Case Name: Aurora Belo Black and Maria Lourdes Ramona S. Belo v. BallyHallinan Family, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 07, 2018

Worker dies operating rock-crushing machine. $30 million. Los Angeles County.

Employee dies after being pulled into rock crushing machine when guards are removed.

  • Case Name: Anaya v. General Equipment & Supplies. Inc, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 19, 2018

Failure to warn of traffic danger is claimed when motorcyclist dies. $5 million. Los Angeles County.

Restaurant patron turns the wrong way out of parking lot onto one-way highway.

  • Case Name: Eileen Annocki and Joseph Annocki, Sr. v. Peterson Enterpises, LLC dba Geoffrey’s Malibu and Terry Allen Turner, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 08, 2017