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Case Results

$245K neck injury

Client was 45 year-old sales manager for insurance company and was involved in relatively mild freeway collision while on the job with no emergency room care. However, he’d had a long history of prior neck and arm problems,and his employer sent him to their clinic for examination. He was essentially told at the WCAB clinic to take two aspirin and rest , so he transferred his care back to his prior chiropractor without employer approval. After six months of adjustments paid for by his group health insurer, he was released from care. A few months later while playing golf, he noticed increased  neck pain and returned to the DC, who referred him to an orthopedic surgeon. A surgical fusion at C5-6  was performed with good results a month later, and he worked at home for two weeks before returning to his  job, which required extensive traveling. He had no lost income. Adverse driver had minimal policy and paid their $15,000 limits, which were held in trust pending outcome of WCAB claim. WCAB insurer denied claim initially based on failure to treat with prescribed physician and lack of proper documentation from DC. WCAB claim was thereafter settled for $30,000, plus payment of outstanding medicals not covered by group health insurer. UIM claim was then brought against client’s employer, which was settled for $230,000 after WCAB insurer  was given credit for $5,000 out of $15,000 3rd party settlement.

$230K UM settlement

Clients were husband, wife and grandmother traveling from OC to Oakland in a rental car. Uninsured driver struck their left rear on the freeway in Oakland, causing car to swerve to center median and roll over on embankment. All three were taken to different hospitals. Wife sustained fractured  arm and treated with Kaiser for 3 months without residuals. Husband had lumbar sprain and treated with Kaiser for 5 follow-up exams. 80- year old grandmother had multiple contusions and abrasions but no fractures. She remained in hospital for 5 days due to pre-existing heart condition. Wife’s UM claim settled for $110,000, husband’s for $45,000 and grandmother’s for $75,000.

$525K cervical fusion

Client was a 44 year-old manager for a construction company who was broadsided in his truck while going though an intersection. Defendant’s vehicle ended up under passenger doors. Liability was admitted, but causation and damages contested. No emergency room treatment was required. Client initially sought DC care a week later, then orthopedic consult because of increasing neck and arm pain. Conservative physical therapy, epidurals and facet injections failed to provide long-lasting relief, as the client had extensive underlying degenerative disc disease. One year after the accident client underwent a cervical fusion at C5-6, with little relief other than removal of radicular arm numbness. Medical bills amounted to $170,000, although his group insurer covered most of tyhe bills and  he had no loss of income. He was off work two weeks after surgery, but compensated for time off work. Case resolved at $525,000 after three mediations and a month prior to trial.

$460,000 car collision

Clients were husband and wife in their 70s driving on city street when driver coming in opposite direction fell asleep, crossed center median and struck them head-on. Husband sustained fractures to arm and wrist, facial and chest wall contusions.He remained in hospital and nursing home for 10 days.Wife sustained severe abdominal wall contusion and cervical and lumbar sprains. Both made very good recoveries.Cases settled for $460,000 prior to trial

$500,000 car accident

Firm represented two college freshman home for holidays and joining friends for a party. Eight friends crammed into a Honda CRV, with our two clients sitting unrestrained in cargo hold. Honda was broadsided in an intesection on a green light by drunk driver, resulting in one death and six severe injuries. Both our clients had mild traumatic brain injuries, and one had severe pelvic fractures. Drunk  had minimal $15K/$30K liability limits. Honda owner had $100K/$300K liability limits. Case resolved with all injured parties in global settlement resulting in payments to our clients of $500,000 with both underlying insurers and their UIM insurers. Medical liens were substantially reduced. Both clients recovered well and completed  semester’s classes on honor rolls.

$365K Cervical fusion

The firm recovered $365,000.00 for a 59 year -old secretary who had undergone a  cervical fusion 15 years prior to this  rear-end collision. Although she continued to medicate for residual problems as a result of the initial surgery, she underwent a second fusion at a lower level five months following the collision. She had a good surgical result and returned to work three months post-surgery.

$300,000.00 dog bite

The firm settled a dog bite case on behalf of a 27 year-old single lady who was attacked by an Akita and bitten on the mouth while at the owner’s house. She had known the dog for years and was petting it during a party when it suddenly lunged at her face, tearing her upper and lower lip. Thae matter settled for policy limits of $300,000 after the defense took her plastic surgeon’s deposition before trial.

Low Speed Impact $157K

The firm obtained a jury verdict in the sum of $157,000.00 for a woman struck in her minivan in the right rear by a truck that moved slightly forward at a stop sign. The client had undergone three prior lumbar surgeries for a disc injury following childbirth about several  years before the 2 MPH impact. She was substantially recovered from the prior surgeries and noticed the immediate onset of upper and lower back pain following the low speed contact. After conservative therapy failed to relieve the pain, she underwent a diskectomy at T9-10 ayear after the collision. The defense offered $25,000 prior to trial, disputing causation and alleging that a 2 MPH impact could not cause any disc herniation. The jury found unanimously for the plaintiff.

$275,000 assault

Our client was a young adult that witnessed a young man at a party take something from the home and leave. The client pursued the defendant in his car, following him to a “dead- end”. The defendant turned around after the client exited his vehicle and stood in the street. As the defendant approached in his car, the client had to jump out of the car’s path and hit his shoulder on the ground, jarring his neck. The client sustained a ruptured cervical disc injury requiiring a cervical fusion with good post-operative results. The matter settled at mediation prior to trial for $275,000.00.

$225K trampoline injury

Firm’s client was a 9 year-old boy with coordination issues. His mother took him to a friend’s house but specifically asked the parent not to allow her son on the trampoline. Client’s mother left for a short time, whereupon the boy climbed up on the trampoline with his friend without objection, and fell off while jumping, fracturing his elbow. Fracture required two surgeries to repair. $225,000 recovered for negligent supervision and premises liability issues.