Wrongful Death

$10 million verdict when wheelchair harness strangles disabled boy on school bus. Orange County.

School bus driver improperly secures disabled child into wheelchair on bus; shoulder harness strangles the boy who suffered from Angelman Syndrome and could not move or cry out for help.

Defendant, before admitting liability and causation on eve of trial, had sought an offset of $3.7 million based on the future medical cost plaintiff parents would not incur owing to their child's early death. 

  • Case Name: Cisler v. Capistrano Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 06, 2012

$8.75 million verdict in L.A. Sheriff excessive force/wrongful death case. Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, in an unmarked car, pursued plaintiffs' decedent as a DUI/robbery suspect. When decedent's car crashed, he was surrounded by multiple sheriff's cars. Decedent backed his vehicle into a sheriff's car and deputies opened fire, killing him.

  • Case Name: Montalvo v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 19, 2012

Jury verdict of $3.5 million for parents of 18-year-old bicyclist killed by tractor-trailer. Los Angeles County.

Tractor-trailer hits 18-year-old on bicycle, killing her.

  • Case Name: Juan Medina and Ramona Medina v. Pile Trucking, Inc., Earl Pile Trucking, and Alvin Flynn
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 01, 2012

Toddler dies in fire; defense arbitration award in wrongful death. San Bernardino County.

Fire at night causes family to flee apartment, but toddler dies in bedroom. Plaintiffs blame lack of adequate smoke detector.

  • Case Name: Celis v. 1995 Grett Trust
  • Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Nursing home staff fails to follow procedures to prevent pressure sores. Wrongful death. $1.6M arbitration award.

Nursing home fails to turn patient over regularly, bed sores develop and become fatal.

  • Case Name: Porter v. Country Villa Huntington Drive Healthcare Center, et al.