In a trip and fall case involving a pothole, multiple surgeries with significant liens, and allegations of contributory negligence and that it was a "trivial defect," mediation resolved the case despite demands for payment within a very short timetable.
"18 wheeler vs auto on the 210-605 interchange. The vehicles collided on the 210 Eastbound. Plaintiff was 69 at the time of the accident and passenger was 59. Both were retired so no loss of earnings claims. Both sought similar medical treatment. Defendant had no prior medical reports or entries to go along with the claim of aggravation of a pre- existing injury."
"Plaintiff was visiting the grave of her son when she got a phone call. She walked 30-35 feet and fell while stepping on the gravesite of someone who had been deceased for 33 years. She hurt both shoulders and had surgery on both after conservative therapy was completed. She was 62 at the time. She was a nurses aid and never returned to work. The defense claimed an Act of God caused the accident."
"A scooter hit a pothole that should have been fixed by one or both of the Municipalities named as defendants. Plaintiff sustained injuries to her back and knee."
"Driver and passenger of a vehicle rear-ended by a commercial delivery truck brought suit for personal injuries and emotional distress, having incurred medical expenses, including multiple cervical and lumbar facet joint injections. The case settled at mediation."
"Slip and fall on a platform of the LACMTA. Pl. contends that there was vomit on the platform that she slipped on after exiting the train."
"This was a slip and fall that occurred at the intersection of Highland and Sunset Blvd. Plaintiff was in a crosswalk and tripped on a depression that had to have existed for a long time due to the condition of the depression. Plaintiff incurred medical bills for neck, left knee, and back issues. Plaintiff had 3 injections to relieve her pain. Two back epidurals and an injection to the knee."
"A personal injury case arising out of an accident when a vehicle ran over the Plaintiff's left foot after dropping off his passenger. The injury developed into a claim of CRPS which has no cure."
"Plaintiff was injured twice while backing out of his driveway. Plaintiff alleged that a wall built by his neighbor prevented him from seeing down the sidewalk, and when a pedestrian banged on his car while backing out of the driveway, he jerked his head and subsequently injured his back and neck. He had fourteen epidurals and both a fusion and disc replacement were recommended. His medical bills were over six figures. Plaintiff had two cases: one against his neighbor and one against the City for failing to get the wall taken down after it had been brought to their attention with prior emails. Both cases settled."
"A security guard fired a warning shot at a transsexual woman who was taping footage of a synagogue/school for what she claimed was for its architectural beauty. Plaintiff, the woman, was dressed in all black with a black backpack and a large camera. The entire confrontation was filmed. Plaintiff refused to answer questions asked by the guard and the school was subsequently put on lockdown and 911 was called on several occasions. The guard stated that he was afraid that there was an explosive in the backpack, and he fired a warning shot which hit the ground and then hit Plaintiff in the left thigh. Paramedics came and treated the wound. Plaintiff claims she suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with anxiety and depression as a result. The case settled for six figures with a confidentiality agreement."
"Handled a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) case that occurred at a large apartment complex when it held a Halloween party for its tenants. One of the tenants had too much to drink and after the party closed, he invited friends to his apartment to continue partying. He decided to wait in the hallway to his apartment and sat on the guardrail which was 36 inches high. While waiting for his guests, he fell over the guardrail and hit one of his guests, causing serious injuries. Defendant's blood alcohol reading when tested at the hospital was .327. Plaintiff contended that the guardrail was built in violation of both the building code and industrial safety orders. His fall was approximately 12 to 15 feet. Plaintiff's injuries included a left parietal hematoma, frontal lobe fracture, broken clavicle and traumatic amnesia. Defendant claimed that plaintiff made a good recovery after one year of recovery, and they also argued that the owners of the building were not at fault. The case settled for millions of dollars."
"Handled rear-end accident which occurred on the freeway. Plaintiffs, husband and wife, sustained multiple soft tissue injuries, some broken ribs, and a subdural hematoma which resolved in three weeks, in addition to PTSD. This was an uninsured motorist (UIM) claim as the defendant driver only had minimum coverage limits. The case settled for six figures."
"This was a slip and fall personal injury case that occurred at a residence. Plaintiff, a large woman weighing over 300 pounds, tripped over a three-inch concrete walkway separation. She fractured her patella and had to have a second surgery, with a possible knee replacement in the future. The case settled for six figures."
"Auto vs. Pedestrian personal injury case. Plaintiff, the 70-year-old mother of the driver, was in the back seat of her daughter’s car. The daughter had pulled into their driveway, which is on a slope, and got out of the car and entered the home. Plaintiff exited the vehicle and the car began to move. She fell to the ground and the car ran over her left side. She suffered multiple fractures requiring surgery and spent six months in a rehab facility. She has residual pain that the Defense IME doctor said will remain with her for the rest of her life. The case settled for high six figures."
"Wrongful death of a 34-year-old motorcycle driver that occurred on the interchange of the 90 freeway transitioning to the 405 North. Decedent was traveling at 55-65 miles per hour when he lost control of the motorcycle and entered a 120 degree turn. The motorcycle hit a curb, and decedent was ejected into a light pole. He died instantly. Decedent was a single man who lived with his mother and brother. He was a video game developer. Case settled for seven figures."
"Handled a Slip and Fall case that occurred at a community college in Los Angeles. Upon entering an elevator in the school parking lot, Plaintiff slipped on urine that was left there by a person who entered the elevator two hours before. She fell and incurred injuries. There was security footage of the urinating person and the Plaintiff’s fall, occuring two hours apart. Plaintiff claimed medical bills and lost earnings. Defendant claimed that no dangerous condition was created, and that Defendant had no prior knowledge of the condition."
"Plaintiff fell while leaving a car dealer"s establishment. She fractured her 5th metatarsal and also had an avulsion fracture of the fibula on the left leg."
"Mediated a wrongful death case involving an 18-month old baby who suffocated while wearing an amber beaded teething necklace, which he had been wearing daily since he was 8 months old. The baby’s mother dropped him off at a day care center. When a center employee noticed that the baby was not breathing, she called the day care owner first rather than 911. A few minutes later, 911 was called and the baby was taken to the hospital, where he survived 5 days on life support before passing away. The day care center was found to be criminally at fault and lost their license to operate. However, the day care center had a minimal policy limit. Plaintiffs further sued the necklace’s online manufacturer. The case resulted in a multimillion dollar settlement."
"Auto vs auto car crash case. A police car at 1:00 in the morning was code 3 heading to help another officer. The police car made a wide right turn traveling at 60 mph from Hollywood Way onto Verdugo Road. Because the police car failed to slow down due to the time of day, the police car ran head into the plaintiff’s vehicle which was stopped or stopping in the left turn lane of Verdugo. Both vehicles were totaled, and all airbags were deployed. Plaintiff sustained multiple injuries mostly soft tissue and some PTSD issues."
"Trip and fall in an office building with substantial injuries and residuals. Plaintiff had four surgeries and developed a deep vein thrombosis that resolved with the placement of a filter. The filter lodged in her leg and could not be removed. There were multiple cross-complaints for express and implied indemnity that were resolved as well."
"Dog bite case occurring at the City of San Bernardino Animal Shelter. Both Plaintiffs were looking at a dog when the attack took place."
"Defendant made a right turn from her own left turn pocket lane across 3 lanes of travel, and collided with Pl's vehicle which was in lane no.2. PL was claiming a TBI which was his second one. As a result of this accident PI. claimed to be unable to maintain a normal life. He had multiple falls, had to give up his job at UPS. Defense had him examined and the Neurologist concluded that Pl. was suffering from a conversion disorder and that there were no objective findings warranting a TBI."
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