Sometimes the best negotiating tool in settlement discussions is take the case to trial.
Our client Alberto Jijon worked for a company called M&M Interiors that was hired to perform drywall work on a construction project, which involved the expansion of a plant where nutritional bars were manufactured.
Shortly before his accident, Mr. Jijon and his co-workers were installing drywall in an electrical room, which included drywall over a framed-out doorway. (more…)
Sometimes, cases take off in directions that you could not have predicted.
In the early morning hours of February 12, 2005, Sam Lee, a 48-year-old real estate agent, was driving from his home in Oxnard, CA to a house that he was showing in Porter Ranch. He was traveling on Santa Rosa Road, which cuts through suburban and rural areas of Ventura County. (more…)
On April 22, 2010, 22-year-old Marine corporal Samantha Schultz, who had recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, lost her life on a quiet street in north San Diego County. As she drove through a flooded section of the road, she lost control of her vehicle, spun and struck a utility pole. (more…)
This is a story about a dog that bit a mailman. Only this time, the mailman bit back – against the dog owner’s insurance company.
Harry Evans was delivering mail in 1980, when a dog ran out and bit him on the forearm, causing nerve damage, a permanent scar and an atrophied biceps muscle. The dog owner had a $25,000 liability policy with Continental Insurance Company.
Shortly after the incident, Mr. Evans’ original lawyer demanded that the insurance company pay the policy limits. They refused. (more…)
Imagine having to run for your life because a van is crashing through the front of the store where you’re shopping and is headed directly toward you.
This was the horrific situation that faced 71-year-old Maria Garcia, who was struck by the van and suffered devastating hip injuries and damage to nerves in her leg. The accident made her wheelchair dependent, restricted her ability to attend to her personal needs, and severely impacted her quality of life. (more…)
In 1972, the highest paid player in the NBA made $375,000. The average house in the U.S. cost $27,550. The minimum wage was $1.60/hr. A gallon of gas cost 36 cents. And a million-dollar verdict in a personal injury case was virtually unheard of.
It had been accomplished just three times in the state of California. (more…)
In December 2011, 63-year-old Stewart Lee Krienke was riding his bicycle down Figueroa St. in Carson, CA when a large tractor-trailer suddenly made a left turn and collided with him. Mr. Krienke sustained a major traumatic brain injury.
Most personal injury lawsuits settle before trial. The reason for this is simple. Trials are risky. It is impossible to predict, with any accuracy, how juries are going to decide a particular case and how much money they will award.
Settlements are often the best means for the injured party to receive fair compensation, while the defense lawyer and insurance adjustor avoid the risk of a huge jury verdict that might cause them to lose their jobs. (more…)