Case Results

$1,510,000 - Premises Liability (Superior Court, County of Alameda, Case No. HG14729603)
Our client sustained permanent injuries to her left foot when she stepped on glass in a room she rented from the Larkspur Landing in Pleasanton, California. Defendant (Hotel) disputed liability and blamed our client and the men who rented the room prior to our client. After Brian Ellis tried this case to a jury verdict, the jury found the Hotel to be 100% at fault for our client's injuries. The jury awarded $10,000 in future medical expenses, $300,000 in past pain and suffering, and $1,200,000 in future pain and suffering.

$535,000 – Toxic Exposure
Our clients were exposed to Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) at an oil refinery and sustained respiratory injuries. Liability and damages were staunchly contested. Defendant (Refinery) disputed the ability of H2S to cause respiratory injuries.

$500,000 - Bicycle Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
Our client was riding his bicycle at night. Unfortunately, a tree had fallen from a neighboring property into the bike lane in which he was riding. Our client ran into the tree and sustained severe injuries. Liability was contested. However, while our client was partially to blame for his injuries for driving recklessly, the property owner was also partially to blame. Defendant's insurance carrier, Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club (AAA), decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$430,000 – Auto v. Bicycle Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
Our client was struck by a car when she rolled a stop sign on her bicycle. Liability was disputed. However, the car was traveling faster than the posted speed limit, and there were visual obstructions on the two properties located at the corner of the intersection which prevented our client from seeing the car. While our client was partially to blame for her injuries, the car was partially to blame, as well as the two properties with the visual obstructions. Defendants' insurance carriers, Farmers Insurance Company and Travelers Insurance Company, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits pre-litigation.

$357,000 - Elder Abuse/Neglect
Our client was a dependent adult who fell from his bed at the Hospital. Nursing staff neglected his wound which eventually lead to an above the knee amputation. After litigating the case for many months, the Skilled Nursing Facility decided to settle. Per the terms of the settlement, the name of the Skilled Nursing Facility must remain confidential.

$320,000 - Dog Bite
A pit-bull bit our client while she was visiting her boyfriend at his grandmother's house. After we litigated the case, defendant's insurance carrier, Safeco Insurance, decided to settle the case.

$270,000 – Elder Abuse/Neglect
Our elderly client suffered a pressure ulcer as a result of a nursing home's failure to implement preventative medical treatment. She also suffered a fall out of her wheelchair and fractured her hip. Liability regarding the fall was disputed because our client was reaching for something when she fell out of her chair. A month before trial, both sides agreed to settle.

$250,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a minor rear-end automobile accident with $750.00 in property damage, in which our client sustained a neck injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, Farmers, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$250,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of an automobile accident, in which our client sustained a hip injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, Allstate, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$240,000 – Trip and Fall/Premises Liability
Our client stepped off of a street curb and slipped into a storm drain. As a result, she sustained serious injuries, including a fractured ankle. Liability was staunchly contested. Plaintiffs' blamed the contractors of the storm drain for not building the drain to code. Defendants disputed liability and blamed our client for not watching her step. After we litigated the case, defendants' insurance carriers decided to settle the case prior to trial.

$235,000 - Elder Abuse/Neglect
Our client was a dependent adult who resided at a Skilled Nursing Facility in San Diego. Nursing staff neglected him over a period of two years. During that time, he suffered several falls and the staff failed to care for his hygiene. Eventually he was transferred to a Hospital to which he was transferred rendered inadequate care leading to his death. After litigating the case for many months, the Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospital decided to settle. Per the terms of the settlement, the name of the Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospital must remain confidential.

$230,000 - Bicycle Accident
Our client was riding her bicycle on a group ride. Unfortunately, the City in which she was riding had left a manmade 2 inch hole in the middle of the client. Our client crashed after hitting the hole and sustained severe injuries. Liability was contested. However, while our client was partially to blame for her injuries, the City was also partially to blame. Per the terms of the settlement, the name of the City and other Defendants must remain confidential.

$222,500 - Bar Fight/Premises Liability
Our client was assaulted while attending a New Year's Eve party at a downtown San Diego Hotel. Defendants (Hotel and Security Company) disputed liability and blamed our client and the person who stabbed our client. After we obtained evidence of inadequate security, defendants' insurance carriers decided to settle the case at mediation.

$220,000 - Automobile Accident
This case arose out of a hit and run automobile accident on the I-8 Eastbound where our clients sustained sternum and lower back injuries. Defendants' insurance carriers, Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club (AAA) and Infinity Insurance, decided to settle the case.

$209,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of an automobile accident where our client sustained an ankle fracture. Defendants insurance tendered her $100,000.00 policy limits, and the driver settled for an additional $109,000.00 annuity she had saved for retirement.

$200,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of an automobile accident, in which our client sustained a neck injury and a back injury. Defendant's insurance carriers, State Farm and Safeco, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits before litigation.

$200,000 - High School Football Injury
This case arose out of an injury our client sustained at a High School Football practice. At that time, our client was not medically cleared to play football and the coach played him anyways. After litigating the case for many months, the High School decided to settle. Per the terms of the settlement, the name of the High School must remain confidential.

$150,000 – Trip and Fall/Premises Liability
Our client tripped over a dangerous condition in a parking lot. Defendant parking lot owner disputed liability and blamed our client for not watching her step. After we litigated the case, defendant's insurance carrier, Travelers Insurance Company, decided to settle the case at mediation.

$140,000 - Dog Bite
An Akita bit our client on the right arm causing some scarring. Defendant's insurance carrier, Scottsdale Insurance, decided to settle the case prior to litigation.

$139,000 - Automobile Accident
This case arose out of a rear-end automobile accident, in which our client sustained a back injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, Old Republic, decided to settle the case during litigation.

$125,000 – Elder Abuse/Neglect
Our client had anemia and a gastrointestinal bleed that the nursing home failed to monitor. That resulted in several episodes of worsening of her anemia. The nursing home also neglected her skin, which resulted in a preexisting pressure ulcer in forming again on her coccyx. A couple of months before trial the case settled.

$125,000 – Trip and Fall/Premises Liability
Our client missed a step as she was walking down a set of stairs outside of a shopping complex. She sustained a fractured ankle and had to have surgery to repair it. The complex disputed liability because our client missed the step. However, we found a couple of building code violations that put some fault on the complex, regardless of the fact that our client missed the step. The case settled prior to litigation.

$112,500 – Bar Fight/Premises Liability
This case involved a brutal attack by several assailants on our three clients at a bar in downtown San Diego. The bar had deliberately staffed its bar with far fewer security guards than required by law for the number of guests that patronized the bar, so that it could maximize its profits. On the night of the incident, the bar was also aware that the assailants were dangerous and failed to remove them. Liability was contested in this case, as the bar pointed the finger at the assailants and even blamed our clients for the fight. We ultimately settled in mediation. The terms of the settlement require the name of the bar to remain confidential.

$105,000 - Dog Jumping on Client
Our client sustained a wrist fracture when a Labrador puppy jumped up on her while she was visiting her neighbor's house. Defendant's insurance carrier, AAA, decided to settle the case at mediation.

$100,000 - Auto v. Bicycle Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
Our client ran a stop sign on his bicycle and was struck by a car as he crossed the intersection. The accident resulted in a broken ankle. Liability was highly disputed. However, the car was driving at half of the posted speed limit which contributed to the accident. While our client was partially to blame for his injuries, the car was also partially to blame. Defendant's insurance carrier, Geico Insurance, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits pre-litigation.

$100,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of an automobile accident, in which our client sustained a neck injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, Allstate, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$100,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a rear-end automobile accident, in which our client sustained a neck injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, Mercury, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$100,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a rear-end automobile accident in which our client sustained a neck injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, USAA, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits pre-litigation.

$100,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a rear-end automobile accident in which our client sustained a wrist fracture. Defendant's insurance carrier, USAA, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits pre-litigation.

$97,500 – Elder Abuse/Neglect
Our client was a dependent adult who resided at a Skilled Nursing Facility in San Diego after breaking both of her ankles. A nurse dropped her as she attempted to transfer her from the shower to a chair. As a result, our client re-broke one of her ankles and had to undergo surgery. After litigating the case for many months, the Skilled Nursing Facility decided to settle. Per the terms of the settlement, the name of the Skilled Nursing Facility must remain confidential.

$90,000 - Bar Fight/Premises Liability
Our client was assaulted while attending a hip-hop concert at a local music venue. Defendant (Music Venue) disputed liability and blamed our client and the men who assaulted our client. After we tried this case to a jury verdict, the jury found the music venue to be 75% at fault for the assault for having provided inadequate security and for the inadequate response to the assault. The remaining 25% was apportioned to the unidentified men who assaulted our client.

$75,000 - Dog Bite
A Cane Corso bit our client while our client's family was babysitting the dog at their house. Our client did not have any permanent visible scarring following the bite. Defendant's insurance carrier, Farmers Insurance Company, decided to settle the case pre-litigation.

$75,000 – Slip And Fall/Premises Liability
Our client slipped on liquid coming from a leaky freezer at Winco Foods. Defendant disputed that the liquid came from the freezer and argued that another patron spilled the liquid. After we litigated the case, Winco Foods decided to settle the case.

$75,000 – Slip And Fall/Premises Liability
Our client slipped on a floor that Wal-Mart were cleaning, but was not roped-off properly. Defendant disputed liability and argued our client was at fault for not watching her step. After we litigated the case, Wal-Mart decided to settle.

$67,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of an automobile accident, where our client ran into a stalled car on the freeway and sustained a neck injury. Liability was contested. However, while our client was partially to blame for his injuries for driving recklessly, the stalled car was also partially to blame. Defendant's insurance carrier, Farmers Insurance Company, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$50,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a rear-end automobile accident, in which our client sustained a neck injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, State Farm, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits before litigation.

$50,000 - Automobile Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a rear-end automobile accident, in which our client sustained a head injury. Defendant's insurance carrier, State Farm, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits during litigation.

$50,000 - Bar Fight/Premises Liability
Our client attended a live music event, after which our client was punched and got involved in a fight. Defendant Bar disputed liability and blamed our client and the other people involved in the fight. After we litigated the case and obtained evidence of inadequate security, defendant's insurance carrier, Liberty Mutual, decided to settle the case at mediation.

$50,000 – Slip And Fall/Premises Liability
Our client slipped on liquid that Wal-Mart employees left behind while they were cleaning the floor. Defendant disputed that the liquid came from the employees and argued that another patron spilled the liquid. After we litigated the case, Wal-Mart decided to settle.

$45,000 – Pedestrian v. Auto Accident - This settlement reflected the full policy limits available.
This case arose out of a pedestrian versus auto accident in which our client sustained a knee injury. Defendant's insurance carriers, Farmers and Financial Indemnity Company, decided to settle the case for the entire policy limits pre-litigation.

$42,500 – Motorcycle Accident/Premises Liability
Our client drove his motorcycle out of a driveway in Pacific Beach. While statute requires a 1 inch drop, there was a 4 inch drop where the driveway met the street. When our client's motorcycle hit the drop, he lost control of the bike and broke his foot. Liability was contested. After we litigated the case for over a year, defendants' decided to settle the case prior to trial.

$35,000 – Trip and Fall/Premises Liability
Our client tripped over an unattended step stool in an aisle at a Gas Station/Car Wash. She sustained a torn ACL. Plaintiff alleged there was a dangerous condition. The Defendant disputed liability, and said the step stool was open and obvious. Defendant's insurance carrier, Nationwide, decided to settle the case at mediation.