Shouse Law Group: Recent Personal Injury Case Results

6-figure dog bite settlement

C.F. vs. Hernandez, et al. (2017)

Mediated settlement: $160,000
Medical bills: reduced from $28,952 to $2,911

Our client was viciously attacked by a pit bull while out walking her small dog in late 2015. She required 30 stitches in her arm and her own dog nearly died. After mediation, the case settled for six figures.

Wrongful death: pedestrian vs. government vehicle

Jane Doe vs. Confidential, et al. (2017)

Mediated settlement: Confidential amount
Medical bills: reduced from $113,541 to zero.

Our client, a teenager, was struck and killed in a crosswalk by a government vehicle in late 2015. We filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the government entity and negotiated a confidential mediated settlement.

Million-dollar settlement after head-on collision with truck

A.S. & A.H. vs. Giron, et al. (2016)

Settlement: $1,000,000.00 policy limit
Medical bills (driver): reduced from $475,358 to $134,759
Medical bills (passenger): reduced from $212,149 to $16,891

Driver of a pick-up truck and his passenger sustained serious injuries after the pick-up truck was struck head-on by a box truck. Injuries included pelvis and leg fractures which required multiple surgeries. The case settled for the box company's auto policy limit of $1,000,000 less than a year later.

Workplace sexual harassment and assault

L.D. vs. Public Entity (2016)

Settlement: $790,000

Our client, a county employee, was sexually harassed and physically assaulted by her supervisor. Her claims involved both personal injuries and workers compensation. The claims were settled out of court just over one year later.

Wrongful death after collision with 18-wheeler

K.K. vs. Ortiz, et al. (2016)

Mediated settlement: $180,000
Medical bills: reduced from $322,591.52 to zero

Client was killed when an 18-wheeler crashed into the car in which she was a passenger. The car she was in was driven by a relative. The passenger's survivors filed a lawsuit against the trucking company that employed the driver of the semi. Both drivers were found liable under California's comparative fault law. Nevertheless, we were able to get a settlement from the trucking company and to reduce the passenger's medical bills to zero.

7-figure settlement for brain injuries after collision with 18-wheeler

A.S. vs. Placencia, et al. (2016)

Mediated settlement: $1,815,000
Medical bills: reduced from $628,349 to $99,247

72-year old woman suffered severe brain injuries when car in which she was a passenger was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. The driver was the woman's relative and the case was highly contentious. We filed a complaint in Riverside Superior Court in early 2013 and eventually reached a 7-figure plus settlement.

Million-dollar+ settlement for cyclist struck by bus

J.H. vs. Omnitrans, et al. (2014)

Mediated settlement: $1,500,000
Medical bills: reduced from $229,555 to $163,120

Client suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a bus while riding his bicycle on a residential street. Video from the bus revealed that the driver had drifted onto the road's shoulder after being distracted while drinking a can of soda. Client filed a lawsuit in San Bernardino Superior Court in April 2013 and the case settled after mediation.

$9,500,000+ product liability settlement for burned child

C.R., a minor, et al. vs. Doe Manufacturer, et al. (2002)

Settlement: $9,500,000 + annuities totaling $54,000,000

Client, a 12-year old boy, was severely burned by a gel candle. California product liability lawsuit was filed in Riverside Superior Court and settled with the manufacturer and distributors half a year later. Under the terms of the settlement, the plaintiff will receive guaranteed annuities totaling $54,000,000.

$2 million settlement after fatal car crash

M.S. vs. Nove, et al. (2003)

Settlement: $2,000,000

Client was in a car following her 16-year old daughter when a back hoe turned in front of the daughter's car, killing the girl and nearly decapitating her. The mother filed a wrongful death suit in Riverside Superior Court. The driver of the back hoe was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and the wrong death case settled for the driver's auto and umbrella policy limits of $1,000,000 each.

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