$9.1 Million dollars recovered In Martinez, twin pregnancy; Dr. delayed c-section delivery and one twin suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen; other twin was fine.
Verdicts & Settlements
Martinez v. County Doctor
Vasquez v. Dr. Lin
$22 million dollars awarded to Mother who developed pre-eclampsia in 36th week. Doctor should have delivered then but delayed. When the mother went to hospital she was placed on a fetal monitor. The strip was not reassuring but the doctor continued waiting. Finally, the strip was so bad nurses convinced the doctor to deliver but he was late, the baby had already suffered brain damage due to intrauterine asphyxiation. First jury hung 6/6; second jury returned unanimous verdict for plaintiff.
Plane Crash: Death of 2 Young Adults
$2.1 million dollar settlement for E.B. (19 year-old male) and $1.7 million dollar settlement for L.F. (18 year-old female). Plaintiffs alleged pilot and copilot violated flight rules by attempting a short field landing at night in a snowstorm. Pilots lost control of the aircraft after developing spacial disorientation. All passenger and crew aboard died in the ensuing crash and explosion.
Oil Refinery Explosion: Severe Burn Injuries
Florencio P. v. Doe Oil Refinery and Roe Design and Construction Firm, Los Angeles, California
$7.5 million dollar settlement ($6 million to the injured worker; $600,000 to his wife for loss of consortium) and waiver of $900,000 Workers Compensation lien (and waiver of counterclaim for property damages). 38 year-old laborer suffered 3 rd and 4 th degree burns to 70% of his body when he opened a valve on a “hot” drum at the refinery’s coker unit. The resulting fire and explosion caused over $6 million dollars worth of damage. Plaintiff alleged that the 4 drums were not appropriately labeled or locked out. Defendants alleged inattention and countersued for the property damage.
J.E. v. Housing Developer/Window Manufacturer:
$1.9 Million Dollar Settlement/Wrongful Death of 5 year old.
2007 Automobile/Motorcycle Collision Lorenzo G. v. Roe City, et al.
Wrongful death and survival action arising out of an automobile/motorcycle collision between Elisa G. and motorcyclist on October 4, 2007. Plaintiffs contended that defendants were negligent by creating and maintaining a dangerous condition in the intersection of Faculty Avenue and Carson Street in the City of Long Beach, California. This dangerous condition was created by the grossly negligent placement of unneeded construction barricades that obstructed the view of east and west bound traffic to vehicles preparing for and turning onto Faculty Avenue. Unfortunately, Elise G. was severely burned due to the accident and died 30 days later after succumbing to her burn injuries.
Defendants alleged that the sole cause of the accident was the speed of the motorcyclist, which they estimated was in excess of 80 mph, combined with an illegal and unsafe left hand turn by decedent Elise G. Plaintiffs’ counsel invested great time and resources to establish liability on behalf of the defendant contractors and city. The case settled for a combined $2.6 million in June of 2008.
Pedestrian v. Shopping Cart: Severely Fractured Right Ankle
Gudelia H. v. Doe Warehouse Store/Roe School District
$1.5 million dollar settlement for 82 year-old female shopper struck by line of 17 shopping carts being pushed by special education students who were not being supervised. Shopper’s right ankle was so severely fractured it was virtually amputated. Plaintiffs alleged lack of appropriate supervision and training.
Car v. Pedestrian: Left leg Amputation
Billy G. v. Doe: San Fernando, California
$5.75 million dollar verdict for 17 year-old male who was run over in parking lot by driver who was receiving oral sex at the time of the accident.
Industrial Masa Mixer/Failure to Equip with Lock-Out Device
Estate of G. v. Doe Corporation, San Bernardino, California
$1.0 million dollar (policy limits) settlement for family of decedent who was killed when a coworker turned on a top loading mixer machine while decedent was still inside cleaning it. Plaintiffs alleged that the top loading door should have been equipped with an electric “lock-our which would have prevented the mixer drum from turning when the top door was open.
Industrial Washing Machine/No Front Loading Door Interlock
Estate of 0 v. Roe Corporation
$1.5 million settlement for plaintiffs’ decedent, a married 28 year-old father of twins, was killed while loading wet laundry into the subject machine which had to be spun while loading to evenly distribute the load. Plaintiffs alleged that the machine’s front loading door should have been equipped with an electrical “lock-our device which would prevent the drum from spinning during the loading cycle. Defendant’s manufacturer and supplier/installer, alleged plaintiffs’ decedent was negligent during the loading process by not having another worker help him and that he had wedged a piece of wood into the push button operation control.