Wrongful Death

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. 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

Aspiration warnings for 73-year-old hospital patient ignored by staff. $1.7M. Los Angeles County.

Medical negligence by nursing staff is blamed for death when patient aspirates food in rehab program after neck surgery.

  • Case Name: Higgins v. Providence Health System – Southern California dba Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017

Excessive force claimed when 7 officers respond to vandalism call. Wrongful shooting death. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Intoxicated man, unarmed, provokes police with broomsticks and rocks. Nonlethal-force options were deployed, but one officer ends up shooting him.

  • Case Name: Ramirez v. LAPD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wrongful death in hotel room. $5 million settlement after bench verdict. Los Angeles County.

Man dies in hotel room from carbon monoxide poisoning; faulty pool heater blamed.

  • Case Name: Ruf v. Palm Canyon Hotels, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 06, 2017

Minor children sue mother for murder of their father. $10 million bench verdict. Los Angeles County.

Estranged wife found guilty of second degree murder of her husband is sued by their minor children.

  • Case Name: Lauren Mora, et al. v. Socorro Paz Mora
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 07, 2016

911 call results in police shooting/killing young man. $2.2 million. Los Angeles County.

Young African-American with knives is tasered by one officer and shot by another after family calls police because he is threatening to kill himself.

  • Case Name: Eaddy v. City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Construction worker falls to his death from concrete form. $26.9 million. Los Angeles County.

Construction worker on top of a concrete form panel falls when panel collapses. Liability is disputed among contractors.

  • Case Name: Rosa B. Gonzalez, Aaron E. Gonzalez and Atarah E. Gonzalez v. Atlas Construction Supply, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 20, 2016