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Cervical Spine Injuries

Verdict: $10,770,598

Software salesman suffered disc injuries requiring surgery after being forced off the roadway by a truck (Hansen v. Werner Enterprises Inc., Central District Federal Court, plaintiff attorney:  Robert T. Simon).

Age Discrimination Claim

Verdict: Defense

Deputy sheriff's alleged reassignment from detective to patrol was retaliatory (Fitzgerald v. County of El Dorado, Eastern District Federal Court, defense attorneys:  C. Christine Maloney, Carl Fessenden).

Welding Explosion

Settlement: $2,650,000

Farm maintenance worker attempted to weld an old fuel tank as instructed, tank exploded killing the worker (J.P. v. Smokey Jack L.P., Fresno County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney:  Richard C. Watters).

Loss of Career

Settlement: $6,988,961

Police officer alleged disabling injuries resulted from rear-end collision forcing him to resign (Smith v. Tri-Cal Distributors L.L.C.,  Sacramento County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Roger A. Dreyer, Jonathan R. Hayes, Daniel G. Schneiderman).

Hypoxic Brain Damage

Settlement: $1,700,000

A cancer patient alleged that post-op airway mismanagement resulted in hypoxic brain damage (Confidential v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney:  Marshall Silberberg).

Distracted Botox Driver

Settlement: $3,750,000

Plaintiff alleged brain injuries resulted from a red light violation collision caused by a distracted driver (Tenove v. Jahroumi, Orange County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Christine D. Spagnoli, Molly McKibben).

Shopper Injured

Verdict: $886,974

A loaded merchandise cart struck an 86-year-old woman from behind in a grocery store (Plent v. Anheuser-Busch L.L.C., Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney:  John F. Denove).

Unnecessary Pacemaker Claim

Verdict: Defense

Cardiologist allegedly placed unnecessary pacemaker, leading to infection (Handal v. Yee, Los Angeles County Superior Court, defense attorney:  Kent T. Brandmeyer).


Motorcycle Accident

Settlement: $1,759,704

Motorcyclist reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries when two other vehicles stopped suddenly causing plaintiff to strike the rear vehicle (Heggen v. Garcia, Iowa – Polk County District Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Charles E. Cutler, Joni L. Ploeger).

False Claims Act

Verdict: $8,860,000

Senior living provider allegedly assisted residents with fraudulent applications for VA benefits, then failed to provide daily care assistance to residents receiving the benefits (United States v. Fortress Inv. Grp., Oregon – U.S.D.C., D.Or., plaintiff attorneys:  Anne N. Izzo, Charles Siegel, David F. Sugerman, Amy Johnson).

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