Verdicts and Settlements

Verdicts and Settlements


That's what you're looking for when you or a family member has been seriously injured due to the negligence of someone else. And you're probably wondering what is possible when you have a very good personal injury attorney working for you?

Below is a sampling of some of the results we have obtained for our clients. I'd like the opportunity to try and do the same for you. Look over the results and when you're ready to tell me what happened to you or a family member, call me at 916.921.6400. There is no cost to you for this call. I'll answer your questions, and ask you a few questions as well. And if I can help, I will.

Paraplegia - In this construction accident, our office co-counseled on a tragic case that settled for in excess of $25,000,000.00 (present value).

$5,000,000.00+ Settlement
Auto vs Motorcycle  - Disputed Liability Head on Motorcycle Accident - Traumatic Brain Injury and Spine Injuries.  Our client, a motorcyclist, was hit head-on by another vehicle and suffered several injuries including a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as displacement of a lumbar (low back) intervertebral disc which ultimately led to a lumbar spine fusion surgery.    We worked with several leading medical, vocational, and brain injury experts on this case in order to obtain a satisfactory settlement just prior to trial.  Defense counsel argued that our client was at least partially at fault for causing the subject collision because he was traveling at a speed in excess of the speed limit and had he been riding his motorcycle more safely the collision could have been avoided. 

Jury Trial Verdict - Sacramento County Superior Court
Last Demand: 1,100,000 (Policy Limit)
Defense Offer: $600,000
Verdict: $4,150,0000
Date of Verdict: December 15, 2014
Carrier: Allstate
8 Day Trial
Rear-end motor vehicle collision

Our client, a young professional, did not initially appear to have severe injuries from the rear-end auto accident in which he had been involved. However, after several months of conservative chiropractic care and physical therapy did not resolve his symptoms -- in fact, the symptoms were worsening over time -- it eventually turned out that he did have more serious problems including spinal facet joint injuries and a damaged disc in his neck that had to be surgically replaced with an artificial disc.

A major point of contention was the degree to which the injuries were interfering with our client's ability to work currently and into the future. He had just begun his specialty dental practice, and we argued that his neck symptoms would significantly impair his ability to work and support his family in the future. Extensive expert testimony was presented from his surgeon, a pain management doctor, a vocational rehabilitation expert, and an economist.

Plaintiff also hired an experienced physiatrist to observe our client’s motions and movements at work so she could determine his functional limitations.

After two weeks of trial, the jury returned a verdict of $3,600,000, in addition to which more than $550,000 in pre-judgment interest was added for the repeated failure of the defendant's insurance to accept plaintiff's earlier statutory offer of settlement.

Multiple Semi trucks and trailers colliding after sliding on black ice - We handled this case in association with a top-rated Montana attorney. Many thought this case impossible to win because there were several semi truck and trailers involved that collided over black ice and all the defendants claimed an "act of God" defense.

Our client was asleep in the cab of his semi truck when another semi truck slid on black ice colliding with our client’s semi. The collision caused many serious, life-threatening injuries to our client, including:

Left Tl and T2 spinal fractures (in the facets), and Atlanto-occipital dissociation (head separated from the neck, but soft tissue connecting the two, including the spinal cord).

Our client spent several weeks undergoing and recovering from many surgeries in Montana, Seattle and Sacramento hospitals. This case settled at mediation for what is believed to be one of the largest personal injury settlements in Montana state history.

Jury Trial Verdict
Sacramento County Superior Court - Trial lasted 7.5 days
Date of Verdict: March 25, 2016

Our client is a young woman, approximately 26 years old, who was involved in a collision in December 2010 when another driver failed to stop at a stop sign. Our client had immediate neck, back, knee and leg pain. Our client’s knees had struck the interior of the vehicle upon impact. Initial medical treatment from the Emergency Room where the client was taken to via ambulance from the accident scene was directed to her legs and knees which were bruised, swollen and painful. She went to an emergency room a few days later with complaints that her legs were unable to bear her weight. Medical attention to her legs and knees were provided. Since our client had no medical insurance, she presented at a low-income medical clinic for treatment. While neck and back issues were raised with this medical provider, treatment was initially directed to her ongoing knee and leg pain.

Eight months after the collision, her medical provider referred her to a chiropractor for treatment of her low back and neck complaints. Since the low back symptoms had not resolved, she obtained an MRI which indicated an alarming disc herniation blocking 80% of her spinal canal. However since the client did not have medical insurance, she was unable to immediately obtain the surgery that was recommended. Months later an emergency surgical intervention occurred as the client had the onset of cauda equina syndrome - loss of sensation that can lead to complete paralysis. In addition, after the collision, the client developed an acute fear of driving or riding in vehicles, sustained panic attacks, and experienced sleep disturbance. In addition, she had a loss of memory.

The insurance carrier for the individual who ran the stop sign admitted liability for the collision. However, it was their contention that the disc herniation was not related to the collision and rejected payment of their policy limits of $100,000.00.

Additionally, the insurance carrier argued that as the client was unemployed at the time of the collision this negated Plaintiff’s claim for lost wages. Plaintiff had been employed for 5 years prior to the accident with a dental lab before being laid off the year before the collision.

Plaintiff’s medical bills and wage loss at the time of trial was $298,759.00.

Semi-Truck vs. Automobile Collision - We handled this case in association with the R. Rex Parris Law Firm, attorneys Stephen McElroy and Ashley Parris. The case involved the wrongful death of a passenger in a van, in addition to serious injuries of a physical and emotional nature involving the young son of the decedent who witnessed her violent death.

An elderly woman had stopped at the entrance to the freeway instead of merging. Defendant, a truck driver, saw her stopped some 17 seconds from point of impact but instead of slowing down or moving over a lane. He decided to lean on his horn for 5 seconds. The elderly lady, scared by the horn, pulled out at the last minute, resulting in the collision and the death of our client's mother.

The matter resolved for the joint policy limits of all drivers involved in the accident, on the fourth day of trial, during jury selection, when the primary Defendant, the truck driver who had refused to accept responsibility for causing the accident, ultimately tendered his $2,000,000 policy limits.

Motor vehicle collision - Client was rear-ended at high speed by a van which was rear-ended by a school bus at 50 mph. Client suffered five level disc bulges in the cervical spine and two level disc bulges in the lumbar spine impinging upon the spinal cord.

Premises liability - Our client discovered that his recently-leased home was in very poor condition and was in the process of moving out when a portion of flooring collapsed. Client’s leg went through the floor up to his hip, and a loaded furniture dolly he was moving then fell on his abdomen. Client sustained serious injuries to his low back, neck, abdomen, and knee, and was eventually determined to be fully disabled as a result of his injuries and underwent fusion surgery to his lumbar spine. 

Significant points of argument included client’s awareness of the state of the premises, whether or not and when the defendant property management company became aware of the defective conditions of the property, and the nature and extent of our client’s injuries and long-term medical and economic losses. 

Resolved at a settlement conference on the first day of trial for more than twice what defendants had previously been offering.

Multi-motor vehicle collision - Our client was rear-ended and pushed into oncoming traffic, and as a result, suffered T9-12 disc protrusions with cord compression at T11-12.

Motorcycle versus cow accident resulting in personal injury - This was a difficult liability case involving highly contested issues of whether or not a pasture was properly fenced. The plaintiff, a 55-year-old male field maintenance manager for a water company, was injured in a motorcycle accident involving a cow. This resulted in compartment syndrome of his right leg, a comminuted right tibial plateau fracture, and right popliteal artery disruption. He was hospitalized for 3 months and underwent numerous surgeries. After 7 months, he returned to a part-time clerical job with the previous employer. Even in the alternate position, he could only work 2-3 hours a day, earning 35% of his former salary, representing a substantial loss of future earnings.


Motor Vehicle Collision versus Pedestrian.  The client was a 70-year-old male who was at a gas station pumping gasoline into his vehicle.  The defendant failed to pay attention and collided with the client, pinning him against a pillar.  The resulting injuries required immediate attention from an off-duty firefighter who was able to make a tourniquet in order to prevent the client from bleeding out.  The client was then transported by ambulance to UC Davis hospital.  He underwent multiple surgical procedures and skin graph procedures in order to keep his leg from needing to be amputated. 

$1,300,000.00 Settlement 

Minor Rear End Automobile Collision – Neck and Back Injuries - Our client suffered neck and back injuries in a relatively minor rear-end motor vehicle collision.  Following the accident, our client’s physician told him that because of “cord compression” in his neck he would probably benefit from surgery to alleviate his pain.  We demanded that the at-fault party pay for the surgery our client was told he should have to help with his pain.  Attorneys for the at-fault driver attempted to low ball our client by initially offering only $75,000.  We filed a lawsuit on our client’s behalf and ultimately agreed to settle for $1,300,000.00 just prior to trial. 

Motorcycle incident - Client suffered a fracture of the right tibial plateau, four-compartment syndrome.

Jury Trial Verdict - Sacramento County Superior Court - Our client was rear-ended by a fully loaded 73,000-pound logging big rig truck. The estimated speed at collision was between 6 to 7 miles per hour. Our client and Plaintiff, in this case, was driving a sedan which was pushed forward into another vehicle. All vehicles sustained minor physical damage. Plaintiff’s vehicle was declared a total loss due to bending of the frame. Immediately after the collision, our client had neck pain.

Over a year later, numbness in her arms and severe headaches interfered with her ability to enjoy life and work. After conservative treatment by Kaiser failed to remedy the problems, Plaintiff consulted with an orthopedic surgeon. After concordant discography confirmed disc disruption, Plaintiff received a one level artificial disc replacement at the C5/C6 level. Following surgery, Plaintiff’s neck pain and headaches were initially resolved.

Approximately one year after surgery, Plaintiff began to experience neck pain and headache in steadily increasing frequency and severity. Plaintiff also experienced persistent low back pain and soreness. Plaintiff’s experts opined that the decline in Plaintiff’s condition after surgery was due to subsidence (sinking) of the artificial disc and abnormal cervical curvature (kyphotic deformity). Plaintiff’s experts further opined that the artificial disc would fail sometime in the next 5 to 40 years.

Defendants’ opinion providers stated Plaintiff had an excellent surgical outcome, that all current pain was related to repetitive work trauma due to her occupation as a cosmetologist doing nails and hair. Defendants’ offer before trial to resolve the case was $526,000.00.

After three week trial, the jury awarded our client $1,208,401.52.

Motor vehicle collision - Client suffered a central and right-sided disc herniation at C4-C5 touching the spinal cord and disc protrusions at C3-4, C5-6 with radiculopathy into extremities.

Motor Vehicle Collision Settlement - Our client, a 39-year old house cleaner, was violently rear-ended by defendant’s Dodge Ram 2500 truck, which pushed her vehicle into the car in front of her.

The injuries our client sustained ultimately resulted in surgery to fuse her cervical vertebrae after years of conservative treatment, including physical therapy, chiropractic, injections, and acupuncture, failed.

The defense in the case argued that our client had a pre-existing degenerative spine condition and would have had neck surgery regardless of the car crash.

They offered $450,000 at mediation and said they’d never come off that figure. Ever.

Our offices hired excellent experts including an economist, a life care planner, a vocational rehab specialist, a physiatrist who evaluated residual functional capacity and a bio-mechanic.

The case settled 3 days before the trial was to begin for $5000 less than policy limits of $1 million.

Pickup truck vs SUV collision - This highly contested case involved our client, a young single mother, in a moderate motor vehicle collision injuring her lower back. She subsequently had surgery to fuse vertebrae in her lumbar spine, and a year and a half later had a second surgery.

Defense, in this case, disputed liability and contended that our client had a pre-existing condition known as spondylolisthesis which would have necessitated surgery whether or not the vehicle collision occurred.

The defense was unwilling to make an offer to settle the case until the eve of trial.

Semi-truck vs. vehicle collision - Client suffered a cerebral concussion, proximal left femur fracture, proximal and distal comminuted right humerus fracture, proximal comminuted left humerus fracture, bilateral scapula fracture, fight clavicle fracture, abdominal Injuries, pneumonia requiring tracheostomy, exploratory laparotomy, epicranial laceration, and a left thigh abrasion.

Negligence - failure to properly supervise school activity - Our client, a middle school student, was flipped by other students during a dance activity practice session in a classroom, landing on his head and sustaining a traumatic brain injury that resulted in mild but permanent cognitive problems. We argued that school staff failed to provide proper safety equipment and instruction for the activity and failed to provide adequate direct supervision while the activity was occurring – the instructor had left the classroom when the incident occurred. 

The defendant school district initially prevailed on summary judgment arguments that our client and his parents had “assumed the risk” of this activity, however the summary judgment was overturned upon appeal after it was pointed out that the students were not given the safety equipment, training and instruction appropriate for the activity, and that they were not properly supervised by the absent teacher. 

The matter resolved at mediation for $750,000.00.  

Motor vehicle collision involving a drunk driver - Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in post-concussive syndrome with cognitive impairment, speech, and vision changes and difficulties; damage to tissues and structures of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar Spine including disc herniation/tearing at C5-6 and C6-7 requiring multi-level fusion and plating procedure.

Minor Impact Auto Accident – Lumbar Back Injury - Our client was injured in a relatively minor rear-end collision.  Many months later he ended up having back surgery.  The defense, in this case, disputed that the back injury and subsequent surgery was caused by the collision and contended that our client’s back problems, specifically a herniated lumbar disc, pre-existed the minor motor vehicle collision.  The defense in the case argued that our client was going to eventually have surgery regardless of the collision.  We litigated our client’s case and ultimately obtained a settlement just prior to trial. 

Motor vehicle collision involving a drunk driver - Client suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in post-concussive syndrome with cognitive impairment, speech, and vision changes and difficulties; damage to tissues and structures of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar Spine including disc herniation/tearing at C5-6 and C6-7 requiring multi-level fusion and plating procedure. 

Disputed Liability Motorcycle Collision – Leg and Ankle Injury - Our client, a motorcyclist and full-time pipefitter was involved in a collision with a truck that resulted in him suffering a fractured ankle, tibia, and fibula.  The truck driver and his representation contended that our client was speeding.  They argued that if our client was driving more safely the broadside collision could have been avoided.  After fighting on behalf of our client and negotiating for several weeks, we obtained the total insurance proceeds available and was able to avoid litigation altogether.

Motorcycle vs Auto - Our client, a 59-year-old motorcyclist, husband, and father, suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in a motorcycle collision with a truck.  Within just a few months of taking the case, we were able to resolve our client's claim for the total insurance proceeds available. 

Motor Vehicle Collision - Our client, an elderly house cleaner, was involved in a relatively minor motor vehicle collision which caused injury to her neck. She tried conservative treatment for almost three years (chiropractic care, physical therapy, and medications) before the pain became too overwhelming and forced her to undergo spine surgery. The defense in the case argued that she had a pre-existing degenerative spine condition and would have had neck surgery regardless of the car crash. With the assistance of auto reconstruction and bio-mechanic experts, we proved that the car accident at least exacerbated an asymptomatic condition, as well as likely,  caused new injuries, that led to her surgery. The case settled within days of trial in Sacramento County.

$675,000.00 Settlement at Mediation 
Motor Vehicle Collision - Our client, in what the defense in this case classified as a very minor "fender bender" collision, injured her neck and eventually underwent cervical disc replacement surgery. The defense was unwilling to offer any real settlement because they argued our client could not have been injured in such a minor impact. On the eve of trial, we negotiated and secured a $675,000.00 settlement.

$650,000.00 Settlement at Mediation 
Minor Rear End Motor Vehicle Collision – Pre-Existing Neck Pain - Our client, a long-time sufferer of neck pain, exacerbated her neck symptoms following a minor rear-end collision.  Many months after the collision our client ended up having surgery on her cervical spine, specifically the removal of a disc and fusion of her vertebrae.  The defense, in this case, argued that our client’s neck problems pre-existed the minor rear-end collision and that she was going to end up having cervical (neck) surgery regardless of the auto accident.  Nevertheless, thru the use of medical experts who consulted with us on this case we were able to convince the defense that the collision played a significant part in causing our client to ultimately have neck surgery. 

Motorcycle versus cow accident resulting in personal injury. This was a difficult liability case involving issues of whether or not a pasture was properly fenced. Plaintiff was injured in a motorcycle accident involving a cow that escaped from the owner's property. Plaintiff was in a coma for several days. He suffered a fractured jaw, a fractured elbow, traumatic brain injury, and injuries to his back, shoulder, and leg. After the accident, he was in rehabilitation and was unable to return to work representing a substantial loss of earnings.

Motor vehicle collision - Client suffered significant central and right-sided disc herniation at C4-C5 and disc protrusions at C3-4, C5-6 with radiculopathy into extremities; intervertebral disc derangement and internal disc disruption at multiple levels; bilateral brachial plexus stretch injuries; exacerbation of pre-existing lumbosacral sprain and sciatic nerve stretch with resultant annular tear and progression to internal disc disruption in the lumbar spine.

Confidential Settlement Figure
Tractor trailer rollover accident.  Our client was traveling on the highway when the defendant driver lost control of his vehicle on the icy highway. The vehicles collided. Our client was on a  tractor-trailer that flipped onto its side causing the plaintiff to sustain a traumatic left arm amputation above the elbow. 

Confidential Settlement Figure
Auto vs Auto - Our client was driving to work. At the same time, another driver was driving at an erratic rate of speed.  Several eyewitnesses interviewed by CHP officers said that the at-fault driver was traveling at  80-90 mph on the wrong side of the road divider. A head-on collision occurred.  Ultimately, our client succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead when the emergency medical technicians arrived. 

Slip and Fall - We have obtained a $500,000 policy limit settlement for an elderly client who fell and suffered a significant head injury.
This difficult, complex, and disputed liability case centered around two dogs tussling, and in the melee, our client losing her grip on her dog's leash resulting in her losing her balance and falling.

The Defense, in this case, argued no liability; that it was unreasonable for our client to step on her dog's leash to prohibit her dog from confronting the defendant's approaching dog. As a result of our client stepping on the leash, she lost her balance and fell when the leash was pulled from under her foot.

We successfully argued that the Emergency Doctrine applied in this situation and that defendant should not escape liability because our client took whatever action she could to keep her dog restrained. Had the defendant not initially lost control of his dog, our client would not have been put in the situation that ultimately resulted in her fall.

We employed Ron Berman, a prominent Southern California animal behavioral expert, to examine the defendant's dog and if necessary provide expert testimony that the dog was not only improperly trained and behaviorally dangerous, but defendant's inability to reasonably control and restrain his dog ultimately led to plaintiff's fall and resulting injuries.

We also employed a leading Gerontologist, G. Jay Westbrook, M.S., to provide testimony concerning our client's injuries and their effect on her, her husband's, and her family's lives. Mr. Westbrook was prepared to testify regarding the changes in our client's activities of daily living, as well as functional and emotional changes resulting from her injuries.

Both experts' work contributed to the successful outcome of our client's case.

Truck vs. Truck Collision - In this matter, we were successful in obtaining the full combined policy limits from the third party carriers and the clients’ underinsured motorist carrier concerning the wrongful death claims of the children and wife of a person who was killed during a vehicular chase which ensued following an alleged armed robbery. Despite the potential liability of our clients’ decedent, and despite the alleged criminal acts by the decedent, and despite potential ‘intentional acts exclusion” defenses which might have been available to the third party carrier (as it is alleged that their insured intentionally rammed the rear of decedent’s vehicle causing decedent to lose control, overturn, and sustain fatal injuries), we were successful in prevailing upon theories of negligence and the overall limits resolution.

Wrongful Death Case - In this tragic case, a man lost his wife and two children in a horrific head-on accident off of I5 near Stockton. The defense alleged that the driver of the Plaintiff's car, a relative of decedents, had had a heart-attack and crossed the center line of the freeway. They alleged an "Act of God" was responsible and they had no liability. After extensive consultation with the coroner, he testified he could not say whether the decedent had suffered a heart attack before the accident or after the crash. As a result, the highly contested case resolved for $500,000 (Policy Limits).

Vehicle vs. motorcycle collision - Client suffered disc protrusion at L4-5; disc protrusion at L5-S1; radiculopathy from disc protrusions requiring surgical intervention; displacement of a lumbar intervertebral disc without myelopathy; fracture of the superior endplate of L4.

Tow truck vs. vehicle collision - Client suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), left temporal contusion, right parietal and left parietal involvement, with loss of consciousness and combativeness and brain swelling requiring medically induced coma for numerous days and resulting in ongoing significant cognitive, speech, language and memory deficits.

Semi-truck vs. vehicle collision - Client suffered a cerebral contusion with associated loss of consciousness along with severe headaches and amnesia.

Semi-truck vs. vehicle collision - Client suffered a herniation to cervical level C5-6 with associated loss of nerve input.

Semi-truck vs. vehicle collision - Client suffered neck and back injuries with disc herniation at L5-S1.

Motor vehicle collision - Client suffered acute cervical acceleration/deceleration injury with sprain/strain of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions.

Slip and fall incident - Client suffered mild traumatic brain injury/concussion (including loss and/or alteration of consciousness) and injuries to the tissues and structures of the head, right eyebrow, back, neck, legs, groin area (including testicular fracture and severe scrotal swelling), heart (including but not limited to two severe myocardial infarctions requiring ICU intervention and ultimate five-way heart bypass surgery).

Bus vs. vehicle collision - Client suffered injuries to the tissues and structures of the spine including post-traumatic lumbar disc damage at L5-S1 (left neural foraminal disc protrusion measuring 2-3 mm causing neural foraminal narrowing on the left); disc desiccation with disc bulge at L4-5; and post-traumatic C5-6 kyphosis division disc collapse.

Boat vs. Boat collision in the Sacramento Delta - In a highly disputed matter involving the clear negligent operation of a speeding boat, at night, by a highly intoxicated operator under the legal drinking age, our office, after working with top experts in the field, was successful in obtaining the full $300,000 insurance policy limits for the operator of the stationary boat hit by the drunk driver. In addition, we obtained $10,000.00 from the DUI driver’s boat owner, and, despite the lack of insurance coverage for the DUI driver, we obtained $45,000.00 in settlement from that individual personally. Our client sustained tragic and severe injuries when flung from the DUI driver’s boat on impact in the Tracy Slough, where he hit the rocky banks and nearly died. We were further successful in essentially eliminating the need for the client to repay his medical insurers.

Motor Vehicle Collision - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - Our client, unfortunately, did not have auto insurance and therefore could not recover pain and suffering damages. She suffered a wrist injury in an auto collision which eventually progressed into RSD, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, in her arm. We arranged for her to be examined by one of the leading Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy experts in California who helped us determine our client's potential future medical needs and costs. Our work led to the adverse insurance company tendering their total insurance monies available.

Vehicle vs. Bicyclist collision - A mother, dropping off her cheerleader daughter in front of a high school, double-parked and allowed the teenager to open her car door without ensuring the roadway was clear to do so. Our client hit the car door and was flung to the ground, sustaining serious and painful hip injuries, resulting in fractures requiring surgical correction. Despite contentions by the defense that our client was drunk and was a DUI bicyclist, we were successful in resolving this claim prior to trial for payment of the underlying coverage, with excess contribution from the defendant's umbrella coverage.

Vehicle vs. pedestrian incident - Client suffered a left foot injury with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Semi Truck and Trailer Motor Vehicle Collision - We obtained a $325,000.00 settlement, following mediation, of this very difficult and medically complex case.

Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck and trailer. As a result of the collision, our client suffered back injuries requiring surgical procedures
to ease his pain.

The Defense, in this case, argued that as evidenced by our client's extensive prior history of back problems, his treatment post-subject collision was just a continuing and natural progression of an already existing condition. Defense's position was that the surgical procedures that our client underwent would have been necessary, and would have occurred, regardless of the subject collision.

Ultimately, our detailed and comprehensive analysis of our client's medical records persuaded the defense that our client's injuries, and resulting treatment, stemmed at least in part from the collision caused by the defendant.

We employed the services of Life Care Planner Dorajane Apuna to determine and calculate our client's future medical needs and their costs. 
We also employed Vocational Rehabilitation Expert Robyn David Harris to determine and calculate the effects our client's injuries would have on his earning capacity over the course of his life.

Both experts' work contributed to the successful outcome of our client's case.

Motor Vehicle Collision - Headlights Off - Client, a 70-year-old retired man, did not see a vehicle traveling with its headlights off. Client suffered a back injury that resulted in permanent kyphosis. Client's injuries require the need for ongoing pain management.

Motor Vehicle vs. Bicyclist - Our client was riding his bicycle in the designated bicycle lane of a commercial district.  The defendant and the defendant’s employer were operating a box truck when they took a sharp turn into a parking lot entrance.  As the truck was turning,  the vehicle made an impact with the bicyclist, knocking him off of his bicycle.  Responding law enforcement noted that his bicycle frame was completely bent and that there were traces of blood on the sidewalk.  He was transported by ambulance and brought to the emergency room for what the on-call orthopedist called “an obvious deformity in the forearm.”  The client was scheduled for surgery that week and had multiple hardware and screws installed within his right arm.  After initially describing the injury as minor in nature, further investigation and documents convinced the 3rd party carrier of the seriousness of the injury and settled the case promptly. 

Please keep in mind the value of cases varies dramatically depending on various and numerous factors and not simply a specific injury. The above is meant to be illustrative only of settlements and victories obtained. They are not to be construed as a guarantee or a likelihood that we will obtain these or similar amounts for your case.

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