SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF HOW WE BROUGHT VALUE TO OUR CLIENTS’ CASES…People come to us because they need help. Something terrible has happened and they want to find out what their legal rights are. They want to know what needs to be done to right the wrong and compensate them for their loss. Here are just a couple of cases that we thought you might find interesting. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions!
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$1,000,000.00 A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER AND HIS WIFE ARE KILLED AFTER THEN VAN WAS STRUCK BY A LARGE SEMI-TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK. THEIR THREE YOUNG CHILDREN, WHO WERE IN THE VAN SURVIVE.
We were retained to represent three young children who had lost both of their parents in an automobile accident on the Riverside 91 freeway. The van the family was traveling in was being driven by their father, a retired police officer. Their mother was in the front passenger seat and the children were all in the back seat. On a wet road, the van spun out of control and was subsequently hit by a large truck.
The trucking company and its insurance company originally denied responsibility for the loss. They said the cause of the two wrongful deaths was the unsafe driving of our clients’ father. They offered nothing to resolve the case.
After we became involved, filed a Superior Court lawsuit, investigated and litigated the case, we discovered an off duty paramedic who witnessed the entire event. He had been following the defendant truck driver for a long period of time before the accident. The truck driver was operating his truck at an unsafe speed and in an unsafe fashion on a rain soaked highway. With his help, and the testimony of the investigating California Highway Patrol Officers, were eventually able to settle the case for $1,000,000.00 shortly before trial. The settlement was approved by an Orange County Superior Court Judge.
The settlement funds were placed into annuities providing the children with a substantial monthly income for the next 20-30 years. Food, shelter, clothing and a good education are now available to our three young clients.
Of note is the fact that this million dollar resolution was obtained after the other side originally denied the claim and refused to pay a penny. It took about a year of hard work and litigation but it was worth the effort.
$1,250,000.00 JET SKI WRONGFUL DEATH JURY VERDICT (after defendant’s $1 settlement offer)
Our clients lost their son in a tragic jet ski accident on the Colorado River. The driver of the other watercraft (the defendant) refused to accept responsibility for his negligent and reckless actions. The defendant’s insurance company originally only offered $1 to compensate our clients for their loss.
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$3,347,000.00 HEAD INJURY AND INSURANCE BAD FAITH
Our young client was involved in a head-on collision. Two trucks were side by side and drag racing each other and were moving quickly in the direction of our client. One struck our client’s truck headon.
Our client was seriously injured and air lifted from the collision scene and taken to the hospital. His medical bills totaled several hundred thousand dollars.
As things turned out, the two responsible drivers (the racing vehicles) were inadequately insured. Our client made a claim against his own insurance company under the terms of his underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). Our client’s own insurance company said our client caused the collision and refused to pay our client his $30,000.00 underinsured motorist coverage limits. After we were hired, we demanded arbitration with the insurance company and ultimately received an award in excess of $850,000.
We then filed a first party insurance bad faith lawsuit against our client’s own insurance company and during a mediation prior to trial, settled the bad faith case for an additional $2,500,000.00. The same insurance company which refused to pay our client $30,000.00 eventually paid a total of $3,347,000.00.
Of note is the fact that this settlement was obtained only after our client’s own insurance company originally denied paying the earlier referenced $30,000.00 claim.
$5,000,000.00 WOMAN ATTACKS FATHER AND MURDERS HIS SON
While sleeping, our well-known client was attacked in the middle of the night by a female acquaintance with a knife. With his face, throat, arms and upper torso deeply cut and slashed, our client fought for his life, took the knife from the woman, and was barely able to crawl outside of his home for help. Our client’s knife wounds were life threatening.
During this time, the woman unbelievably and unpredictably grabbed another knife from the kitchen, walked back upstairs and murdered our client’s son. This woman has since been convicted of murder and will spend the rest of her life in prison. Our civil case against the defendant was resolved by stipulated judgment for $5,000,000.00.
$2,000,000.00 MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT- CLIENT LOSES LEG
After 2 years of litigation, Jon Mitchell Jackson of Jackson & Wilson, obtained a $2,000,000 judgment against a defendant driver who was operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The defendant was operating his motor vehicle on the winding Big Bear highway (SR 38) near Big Bear, California. He approached our client from the opposite direction and without warning, swerved across the double yellow lines striking our client. As a result of the defendant’s wrongful conduct, our motorcycle riding client sustained major injuries which included left side injuries, minor head trauma and a severed left leg just below the hip.
In addition to the $2,000,000 civil judgment, the defendant was prosecuted criminally and convicted of violating California Vehicle Code 23153(A) (driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs). As a result of his conviction, the defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to our client.
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$1,250,000.00 MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INVOLVING SPECIAL FORCES RETIREE
Our client had recently retired from the military after 30 years of service in the special forces. While safely and lawfully operating a motorcycle, he was struck by a teenage driver making an illegal left-hand turn. We were able to mediate a settlement shortly before trial for $1,250,000.00. Prior to the mediation, no offer had been made by the defendant. Click here to read all the details about this motorcycle accident…
$1,485,045.23 SETTLEMENT REACHED IN BROKEN PELVIC BONE CASE
Without warning, the driver of the vehicle our client was in allegedly attempted an unsafe left-hand turn directly in front of oncoming traffic that had a green light. The vehicle was struck towards the front passenger side at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was then hit by a truck that was unable to avoid the first collision that happened only seconds earlier. Click here for more details…
$500,000 UNDERINSURED MOTORIST WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENT
While driving home late at night and after work, our clients’ adult son lost control of the BMW he was operating. For an unknown reason, the BMW ended up stopped and sideways in the HOV lane of the 91 freeway. Within the next minute or two, a second vehicle traveling in the same direction and at about 65 mph broadsided the BMW killing our clients’ son instantly. More about this tragic case here…
$900,000.00 HIGH SCHOOL TRACK STAR DROWNS IN LAKE MISSION VIEJO
Our clients were the parents of an 18 year old high school senior who drowned in Lake Mission Viejo while swimming with friends. This outstanding athlete had just received a scholarship to run track in college.
We retained the top lifeguard expert in the United States and with his guidance and help, were able to settle the case before trial for $900,000.00. The defense attorneys originally took the position in open court and on the record that they did not feel their client was legally responsible for the death and as such, would not pay a penny to settle the case.
$2,759,852.00 DRIVER RUNS RED LIGHT
A negligent driver was not paying attention, ran a red light and caused a serious accident. Our client was seriously injured and after the responsible driver’s insurance company refused to make a settlement offer, we were able to obtain a judgment for $2,759,852.00.
$5,500,000.00 EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE BY MORENO VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
A Riverside Superior Court jury found that Sheriff Deputies employed by the County of Riverside used excessive force against a Moreno Valley family resulting in their son’s death. After a two week trial and several days of deliberations, a jury of 4 women and 8 men rendered a gross verdict in favor of the decedent’s two young children and family totaling $5.5M.
During the almost 5 years of litigation, the defendant County Board of Supervisors, failed to approve any discussed settlements.
$330,000.00 DOG BITES PART OF CLIENT’S FINGER OFF
While walking his dog in a local Laguna Niguel park, our client and dog were attacked by a pit bull being. Part of our client’s finger was bitten off and he sustained other serious injuries. Our client’s dog was also injured and required two surgeries.
The owners of the pit bull refused to cooperate and we were forced to file a civil action against them resulting in a judgment of more than $330,000.00. Within weeks of the judgment being entered, the defendants delivered a personal check to our office to satisfy the judgment and interest.
$500,000.00 NEIGHBOR’S DOG BITES CHILD ON FACE AND THEN ATTACKS MOTHER
Our client’s 15 month old son was attacked and bitten by a dog owned by their neighbor and who also happened to be a lawyer. At the time of the attack, the mother reached down to pull the dog off of her son. The dog turned, grabbed the mother by the throat and pulled her to the ground.
The owners of the dog were not cooperative and the family was forced to litigate the case. After almost a year of effort, we were finally able to resolve both claims for $500,000.00. We’re glad to say that today, both child and mother are doing fine.
$1,000,000.00 TWO LOCAL TEENAGERS ARE KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION
Our clients’ teenage children both suffered fatal injuries after being involved in a head-on collision. The insurance company for the other party originally denied responsibility for the accident. However, to get the matter settled, it offered what they claimed was their insurance policy limits of $100,000.00. We rejected the offer, filed a lawsuit and litigated the case.
During litigation, we discovered that the other side had additional insurance coverage of $1,000,000.00 which was never disclosed to us during the earlier settlement discussions. After multiple pre-trial settlement conferences, we were eventually able to settle the case for $1,000,000.00.
$1,152,926.00 LEGAL MALPRACTICE JUDGMENT AGAINST NEGLIGENT LAWYER
Our client was a victim of medical negligence and hired an attorney to protect her and to represent her interest. He failed to do his job and show up for court hearings. Eventually, her case was dismissed barring her from forever pursuing her claim against the negligent doctor.
The client came to us and we immediately learned that this was not the first time this attorney had caused problems for a client. The California State Bar had prior issues with this lawyer. We filed a legal malpractice case against the negligent attorney and obtained a judgment against him.
Our client was riding his Kawasaki Ninja 650 eastbound on North Sierra Highway at approximately 45 miles per hour just outside of Bishop, California. The other driver was Dodge 3500 truck and stopped southbound on Brockman Lane at a stop sign.
Without warning, the Dodge pulled out directly in to the path of travel of our client and causing this collision. We negotiated our client’s health insurance lien and saved him $156,308.26. When then settled his case for the responsible driver’s insurance policy limits of $250,000. Here are the facts and details of this motorcycle accident case…
$400,000.00 EXPLODING GAS TANK CAUSES DEATH OF CLIENTS’ MOTHER
Our clients’ mother was hit from behind while stopped on the freeway. Her car exploded and she died in the fire.
After settling the case against the driver who rear-ended our client, we then filed a product liability case against the manufacture of the automobile our client was driving at the time of the accident. The vehicle our clients’ mother was driving was known as having gas tank fire safety issues. The product liability portion of this case settled for an additional $400,000.00.
$325,000.00 DRIVER REACHING FOR CELL PHONE RUNS RED LIGHT AND SERIOUSLY HARMS OUR CLIENT
Our client was injured when her car was struck by a small truck which ran a red light when its driver was not paying attention and was reaching for his cell phone. The entire accident was captured on a video surveillance tape which happened to be running in a store across the street. We used the video to help prove liability.
Despite all of this evidence, the insurance company for the other side did not make any settlement offers and instead forced us to file a lawsuit and litigate the case. We eventually were ordered by the court to participate in non-binding arbitration. The arbitrator found in our client’s favor and awarded her $325,000.00.
The insurance company failed to file paperwork after the arbitration and the award became a binding judgment. Rather than pay the judgment, the insurance carrier appealed the judgment to the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. We won the appeal and the other side paid the judgment in full.
$20,000,000 Defense- CLIENT IS WRONGFULLY SUED FOR MORE THAN $20,000,000.00
We were asked to defend a business which was being improperly sued for more than $20,000,000.00 for an alleged wrongful use of software . There was only $1,000,000.00 in liability insurance coverage and so if we lost this case, our client would loose everything.
Because of the plaintiff’s wrongful conduct, we filed a cross-complaint alleging similar damages against the plaintiff and also obtained an immediate injunction shutting down the plaintiff’s business, marketing and sales. According to our clients, our aggressive defense resulted in the case ultimately settling for a nuisance value (about $40,000) and resulting in one very happy client.
Criminal Defense (not guilty) INNOCENT CLIENT WRONGFULLY CHARGED WITH NINE FELONIES
We provided legal criminal defense services to a world class surfer wrongfully accused of nine felony counts. If found guilty, he was looking at a mandatory sentence of 3-12 years in state prison, a strike and registration as a sex offender.
The District Attorney’s office did not make any acceptable settlement offers and we were forced to defend our client at trial in front of a jury of 12. After a one week trial, the jury came back with a verdict of “not guilty” on all nine charges. After the trial, several of the jurors were in tears and asked, “why did they charge our wonderful client with these horrible crimes?”
$300,000.00 Business Defense- BUSINESS WOMAN WRONGFULLY SUED FOR MORE THAN $300,000.00
We provided a defense to our client in a civil case where she was accused of breaching a written contract with her past employer. The plaintiff had alleged damages of more than $300,000.00. After a two week trial, the jury came back in favor of our client and award the plaintiff nothing. One juror commented after the trial that based upon the evidence we presented, our client was the “brains” of the operation and the plaintiff should have never let her go (we agree).
$300,000.00 DEFENDANT WRITES PERSONAL CHECK FOR $200,000.00
In this case our client was involved in an automobile accident with the defendant. The defendant only had a $100,000.00 liability policy.
We aggressively litigated the case and at the pre-trial mandatory settlement conference, were able to convince the defendant to add an additional $200,000 on top of the already offered $100,000 policy. The defendant agreed and after his insurance company tendered its $100,000 policy, the defendant wrote a personal check for the remaining $200,000 and totaling $300,000.
THOUSAND OF MORE CASES. Many resolved for $100,000.00 or more…
The above cases represent only a small number of the total cases we’ve been able to help our clients with. Since 1986, we’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of clients. Chances are, we may be able to help you too!