Truck vs. Motorcycle Collision Lawsuit - The Arnold Law Firm received a 10.2 million dollar verdict
The Arnold Law Firm is pleased to report that our attorneys received a $10.2 million verdict handed down in Modesto. Defense counsel was Kevin Cholakian of San Francisco. The defense rejected a 998 within the $1 million policy limits three years ago. The highest defense offer was $350k.
The case involved a blind corner dirt fire road collision between a truck driven by the defendant and a motorcycle driven by the plaintiff Dan Nixon. THe plaintiff had no recollection of the collision. The defendant claimed that the plaintiff had too much speed for the corner and lost control. The plaintiff's son (who identified the wrong curve in discovery) claimed that the defendant was on the wrong side of the curve, causing his dad to make an unsuccessful emergency maneuver. The jury assessed 70% fault to the defendant and 30% to plaintiff.
The plaintiff, now 50-years-old, suffered a dislocated right knee with popliteal artery rupture which has left him with an unstable knee, and permanently damaged lower leg. Because of vascular damage he is not a candidate for knee reconstruction or replacement. The plaintiff's treating doctors testified that he will require an above knee amputation within 20 years. Past lost wages were $78,000 and past medicals were $570,000. The jury awarded $7.5 million in general damages (3 m. past and 4.5 m. future) as well as all future economic damages asked for by the plaintiff. The jury deliberated for 3 and a half hours.
Commercial Vehicle Collision - Late one spring afternoon, the Arnold Law Firm received a call from Angela, a young mother of three
Late one spring afternoon, the Arnold Law Firm received a call from Angela, a young mother of three. She was calling from the hospital where her husband Christopher had been air-lifted for treatment of severe injuries from a tragic motor vehicle accident earlier that day. Angela's mother, a past client of our firm, had encouraged her to give us a call.
As it turns out, Angela's prompt contact with us was a very important decision for their family. Immediate representation allowed our team to secure critical evidence right away -- appropriate storage and analysis of the vehicle to avoid tampering, timely professional photography of the scene, and interviews of involved parties -- which ended up being imperative to the details of Christopher's case.
A commercial vehicle had failed to stop at a rural stop-sign intersection, colliding with the compact sedan driven by Christopher, an active 33-year-old father. The impact caused extensive damage to his spinal cord in the cervical area. Despite multiple surgeries, rehabilitation programs for physical and psychological therapy, and in-home care, his injuries rendered him a paraplegic, paralyzed from the mid-chest. In an instant, life as he had known it was gone forever.
At the time of the accident, the at-fault driver of the commercial vehicle was acting within the scope of his employment with a large corporation. With the employer being directly liable, as such, defense counsel fought hard to minimize Christopher's damages, claiming that his being unemployed at that time devalued his losses. Our legal team made sure Christopher's true losses were represented, including his potential income, his options and mobility, his ability to provide for and support his family, and the lifetime of care he now needed. Christopher's injuries also dramatically affected his spouse's daily life, resulting in a claim on her behalf.
Furthermore, the extent of Christopher's injuries were, in part, due to defects involving the dual-restraint system in his own vehicle. Despite the manufacturer's efforts to deny any responsibility, the Arnold Law Firm established negligence relevant to his case.
The result was a settlement of $8 million -- the largest pre-trial settlement for this type of case in the region. Christopher now has the resources to receive the ongoing care he now requires, improve the quality of his life and take care of his young family.
A Great Battle - The fatal collision between plaintiff's Jeep Liberty and defendant's Volvo truck left Ryan
The fatal collision between plaintiff's Jeep Liberty and defendant's Volvo truck left Ryan Eisenbrandt's surviving wife and parents with a judgment of $3.9 million, but the defendant's insurance company refused to pay. This resulted in a second, intense legal battle between Plaintiffs and Defendant's insurance company.
During the pendency of the wrongful death case, Defendant's insurance company had filed a federal court action to rescind the defendants $1,000,000 insurance policy, claiming that defendant had made misrepresentations when applying for that policy. Initially, the federal court agreed with the insurance company, granting summary judgment that effectively denied recovery to the Eisenbrandts given the defendant was otherwise insolvent. The Arnold firm and the Eisenbrandts refused to accept this unfair outcome. They appealed the federal judge's ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit reversed the lower court and sent the case back to the same federal judge for a trial on the merits.
Christine Doyle of the Arnold Firm tried the case in February 2011 in front of the same judge who had previously thrown out the Eisenbrandt's case. A unanimous advisory jury and the trial judge, after hearing the true facts about the insurance company's effort to avoid responsibility, found in the Eisenbrandts favor. After four years of fighting for what is right, the insurance company was ordered to pay up.
Justice For Families And Accountability On Our Roads - A 20-year-old man who had been married for just 12 days left home on his way to work.
A 20-year-old man who had been married for just 12 days left home on his way to work. He was driving on Pleasant Grove Road in Sutter County in the early morning when he came upon a slow-moving truck. As he pulled out to pass the truck, the truck driver turned left in front of him. The young man attempted to steer back into his lane but his vehicle struck an un-flagged piece of metal extending from the back of the truck. He died in the resulting crash.
Expert witnesses brought in by the Arnold Law Firm proved that the truck, owned and operated by a hauling firm, should never have been on the highway that morning. Specifically, the rear and side turn signals did not work and the rear-view mirror was in a poor state of adjustment at the time of the collision. As a result, the driver, who had failed to properly inspect the vehicle before setting out that morning, couldn't see the young man's vehicle as it attempted to pass.
The poor condition of the truck, its lack of maintenance and the manner in which it was operated were found to be substantial factors in causing the collision that killed the young man. The testimony also established that the man had been making a lawful pass at the lawful speed limit and acted reasonably when he attempted to avoid the collision.
The man's 20-year-old widow was awarded $3,767,000.77, his parents were awarded $185,131 and the family was reimbursed $11,899 in funeral expenses. Though money is a poor substitute for a young man's life, this verdict demonstrates that drivers who endanger the lives of others will be held accountable for their actions.
Earl Bode v. County of Sacramento, Sacramento Superior - 40 year old Earl Bode and his wife Christine walked into the Arnold Firm with three garbage
40-year-old Earl Bode and his wife Christine walked into the Arnold Law Firm with three garbage bags of medical receipts and insurance documents handed to them by their prior attorney. Accused of causing an accident that was not Earl's fault and with his own insurance company claiming he was uninsured, Mr. Bode was dazed and hurt. He had suffered a permanent brain injury and multiple other physical injuries when two Sacramento County probation officers, speeding without cause down the center turn lane of a busy Sacramento thoroughfare during rush hour, struck Earl Bode's vehicle broadside at 50 miles per hour as Bode attempted to make a lawful left turn. Despite a police report (authored by acquaintances of the probation officers) that blamed Bode 100% for the collision, the Arnold Law Firm believed Earl's version of how the collision occurred and undertook his representation.
The Arnold Firm first succeeded in suing Earl Bode's own insurance company to establish the coverage necessary to sue the County. In the ensuing lawsuit against the County of Sacramento, Earl was wrongfully accused of faking his brain injury, an injury that kept him from his life's work as a commercial construction site supervisor. The Arnold Law Firm and its experts proved through accident reconstruction that Earl's version of the collision was in fact what happened, and that the County probation officers were at fault. Using sophisticated medical technologies, including EEG and PET scan, to show the damage to Earl's brain, plaintiffs forced the County's medical experts to take back their charges that Earl was faking. After four, hard-fought years of battle for redemption and compensation, Earl and Christine Bode settled their lawsuit against the County of Sacramento for $3,500,000, an amount sufficient to provide Earl with the care and replace the financial opportunities taken from him and his family.
Stevens v. Security Contractor Services, Sacramento Superior - Wrongfully blamed: What really happened to Randy Stevens.
Randy Stevens opened his eyes and saw his wife
Wrongfully blamed: What really happened to Randy Stevens.
Randy Stevens opened his eyes and saw his wife standing over him in a hospital room. He had no idea what happened. His last memory was of standing next to his truck trailer and watching as a Security Contractor Services forklift driver struggled to load an ungainly pallet of 12-foot by 6-foot sections of chain-link fencing.
When Stevens asked what happened to him, he was told he had slipped or fallen out of his truck trailer and struck his head. But that didn't make any sense. When he examined himself he realized he didn't have a scratch on him. How do you fall 4 feet from the truck trailer that hard without scraping something?
But the worst was yet to come. The blow to Stevens head caused permanent, disabling damage to his brain. He can no longer accomplish simple tasks without a detailed to-do list and is easily confused and agitated. Resulting personality changes have adversely affected his relationships with his family and friends and most importantly with his loving wife of 37 years. A man who earned his commercial truck-driving license at age 15, today finds himself no longer able to work.
Stevens came to the Arnold Law Firm for help, and Clayeo Arnold took up his case against a defendant who blamed Stevens for the incident and claimed his brain injury was not that bad.
It took the resources of professional safety experts and physicians brought in by the Arnold Law Firm to scientifically establish that the alleged scrape-free tumble could not have been the cause of Stevens permanent brain injury. No, the forensic investigation showed that the 3,000 pound bundle of chain-link fencing struck Stevens' head with a frightening force of 50gs when the forklift driver lost control of his load and dropped it on Stevens.
The Arnold Law Firm took the case to trial. By the time they finished presenting their evidence, they had convinced the jury of both the severity of Stevens' debilitating injury and the negligence of the Security Contractor Services employees. The jury awarded Stevens and his wife $2.6 million.
Motorcycle Accident - Last winter, a commercial truck and trailer made an abrupt wide turn into the path of a 24-year-old motorcyclist.
A commercial truck and trailer made an abrupt wide turn into the path of a 24-year-old motorcyclist. The resulting collision sent Justin to the hospital with a collapsed lung, multiple fractured bones and a traumatic brain injury.
Justin's mother realized that her son needed legal help. While he was still in a coma, she sought representation for him from several area attorneys. She was turned down each time. Justin's case had two challenges: He was an uninsured rider, and the accident report contained some ambiguity with liability details.
Fortunately, Justin's mother contacted the Arnold Law Firm. Our investigation team worked hard to resolve the liability questions and secure the facts and evidence. Our experienced attorneys saw that the truck driver's negligence, not the riders lack of insurance, caused the incident and the resulting life-altering injuries. Fourteen months after the accident, the Arnold Law Firm obtained a settlement for the commercial policy limit of $1 million for Justin, so he can continue with the necessary care and rehabilitation he needs.
Construction Site Accident - Tony Ontiveros settled a case for $975,000 on the first day of trial in Roseville on behalf of clients John Doe and Jane Doe
Tony Ontiveros settled a case for $975,000 on the first day of trial in Roseville on behalf of clients John Doe and Jane Doe. No prior settlement offers had been made by the group of defendants until trial was ready to begin. John Doe was injured on a construction site at a commercial site while he was working as a drywall installer. On his first day at the project, Mr. Doe climbed a 6-feet high scaffold to begin building interior walls. Just as Mr. Doe climbed onto the scaffold, one of the scaffolds wheels punctured a thin layer of concrete that had been poured by one of the defendants over a floor sink, thereby obscuring that sink from the workers who had set up the scaffold at that location.
As a result of the wheel puncturing the concrete and falling into the floor sink, the scaffold lurched forward, causing Mr. Doe to fall 6 feet and landing on his buttocks on the concrete floor. He suffered a lacerated hand, a contused elbow, and multiple disc herniations in his lower back. Mr. Doe filed suit against the premises owner, the general contractor, and the concrete contractor for his personal injuries and his wife, Mrs. Doe, brought suit for her loss of consortium. In 2010 the defendants refused to accept plaintiff's settlement offer of $200,000 but ended up paying nearly 5 times that amount once trial was ready to begin.
Railing Gives Way Causing Serious Injuries
The Arnold Law Firm obtained a $900,000 result after a railing gave way and caused a serious injury to those involved
Man Injured in Sideswipe Accident on Freeway - John T. Stralen and Joshua H. Watson obtained a verdict on behalf of a car accident victim
Defendant changed lanes when exiting freeway and sideswiped Plaintiff in right-most lane. There was visible damage to the vehicles that was limited to scrapes and cosmetic damage. Defendant denied liability and possibility of injury given the forces involved. At the time of the incident, Plaintiff was an unemployed disabled chemical operator with a years-long history of back and knee problems with multiple surgeries. Plaintiff had roughly 3 years of no back symptoms before the collision, and thereafter had ER visit, MD consultations, and physical therapy at Kaiser. Six months post-collision, Plaintiff had the first of three lumbar fusion surgeries. The defense contended that these were due to degenerative conditions. The treating surgeon had opined in deposition that Plaintiff was "likely" to have required surgery even without the collision, but testified at trial that the surgery was "likely" 15-20 years in the future absent the collision.
Two Landscapers Injured On-the-Job by Work Truck - Christine Doyle reached a $500,000 settlement on behalf of two injured landscape workers whose...
Christine Doyle reached a $500,000 settlement on behalf of two injured landscape workers whose work truck was struck from behind while they were spraying herbicide on a median on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. The defendant driver, who was insured by Allstate, denied liability throughout the case. However, when Allstate realized that the Arnold Law Firm was intent on proceeding to trial on behalf of its injured clients, changed its offer from nothing to $500,000 overnight and settled the case just 5 days prior to beginning trial. Now we will proceed against the truck owner's underinsured motorist policy for the remainder of its insurance coverage.
The Pain Of California - A baby girl was born severely premature in Redding, California in August of 2005. She was immediately
A baby girl was born severely premature in Redding, California, in August of 2005. She was immediately airlifted to the neonatal intensive care unit at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
At UCD Medical Center, a peripherally inserted central catheter, or PICC line, was inserted into the baby girl in order to administer medicine necessary to maintain her blood pressure. But instead of being placed in a vein leading to the heart, it was placed in an artery. The doctors discovered the PICC line in the left ventricle of Rebekahs heart, which alerted them to the mistake. Instead of correcting the error, the PICC line was pulled out of the heart but left it in the artery.
High doses of a medication were administered via this line directly to the baby girls right hand. The resulting loss of blood flow damaged her hand and caused her to lose four fingers and the tip of her thumb.
The baby's parents came to the Arnold Law Firm. Our firm's diligent research and the testimony of expert witnesses identified the errant procedure and the failure of the hospital to follow established care guidelines. However, the doctor and hospital denied any liability and said the little girl wouldn't suffer any future economic damages as a result of losing the fingers of her right hand. The question of economic damages is important because California's 35-year-old Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) limits jury awards in medical malpractice cases to $250,000 for pain and suffering. Beyond that, only future medical expenses and lost wages can be recovered.
After a full day of mediation, the child was awarded the $250,000 maximum award for the loss of her fingers and another $200,000 to pay for surgery to increase function of her hand and post-surgical rehabilitation.
This paltry $450,000 settlement for the permanent, disfiguring injuries to this beautiful girl provides a telling example of the inadequacy of the MICRA damages cap.
Linda A. v. John Doe Construction Company - Linda was injured when she climbed down out of a truck, falling backwards five feet into a concrete pit
Linda was injured when she climbed down out of a truck, falling backwards five feet into a concrete pit, seriously injuring her neck and shoulder. Linda suffered a damaged cervical disc and underwent a fusion surgery. The defendant construction company denied liability and blamed Linda for her fall, claiming she was not paying attention to where she was going. The Arnold Law Firm retained construction experts and proved that the defendants had created a dangerous condition during the construction project by not allowing or supplying sufficient safeguards in and around the concrete pit. The investigation and preparation by the firm allowed Linda to recover her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Linda obtained a settlement in the amount of $325,000.
Car vs. Motorcycle Collision Case - Matthew B. contacted the Arnold Law Firm after consulting with multiple attorneys in the Sacramento area
Matthew B. contacted the Arnold Law Firm after consulting with multiple attorneys in the Sacramento area, including another major personal injury firm and an attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents. His case was rejected by other attorneys due to complexity with liability.
As the rider in a car vs. motorcycle collision, Matthew suffered significant injuries to his spine, head and arm. He spent several months trying to find legal representation, waiting four months for one firm to simply review his case.
Matthew called us frustrated, in pain, and discouraged. Our legal staff listened to his story and researched the accident details, determining that he had a valid case worthy of pursuit.
Less than one month later, the Arnold Law Firm obtained a policy limit settlement of $250,000 for Matthew to help with his medical costs and lost wages.
Mild Brain Injury Case - Christine Doyle recently tried a mild brain injury case to verdict in Sacramento County and received
Christine Doyle tried a mild brain injury case to verdict in Sacramento County and received a verdict of nearly $204,000 when the joint settlement offers from the two defendants was only $35,000. The client was injured when she slipped and fell forward in a puddle of gasoline at a gas station in the Natomas area and struck her chin on the concrete, resulting in a minor traumatic brain injury. The manufacturer of the gas nozzle, Franklin Fueling Systems, Inc, was sued for products liability when its gas nozzle failed to shut off automatically as designed, causing the gasoline to overflow from the client's full gas tank onto the ground. The gas station owner settled his portion of the case prior to trial. Franklin Fueling Systems informally offered $10,000 to settle the case prior to trial but the client's medical bills alone were approximately $12,000. Once the post-trial issues were resolved, Franklin's financial liability in this case was at least nine times what they offered in attempted settlement.
Red Light Accident Lawsuit - Mr. E was on his way to work one very ordinary fall morning when an inattentive driver ran a red light
Mr. E was on his way to work one very ordinary fall morning when an inattentive driver ran a red light, collided with his vehicle, and changed his life forever. In that moment, although he didn't realize it at the time, a chain of events was set into motion that affected every aspect of his life: his marriage, his career, his finances, and, worst of all, his health and his ability to earn a living. After the smoke cleared, literally and figuratively, he found himself in a situation with which he was utterly unfamiliar. Insurance companies called him immediately and, in friendly, helpful tones, requested recorded statements.
He received medical bills that were represented to be liens in the mail that demanded immediate payment of large sums. The teenage girl (driving with a learner's permit only) who had struck his vehicle, now represented by her insurance company, denied that the collision was her fault and, instead, claimed that Mr. E had caused this accident. Worst of all, Mr. E's neck was causing him severe pain of a type and intensity that he had never experienced before.</p><p>The attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to represent Mr. E for his injuries and other damages. Following their handling of Mr. E's case, all of his outstanding medical bills were resolved, the defendant admitted that the collision was her fault, and a settlement of the defendant's automobile insurance policy limits of $200,000.00 was obtained. Although Mr. E wishes this accident had not occurred, he is satisfied with the professional services provided by the Arnold Law Firm.
Slip And Fall At Grocery Store - The Arnold Law Firm settled a case for $150,000 against a major grocery store chain for injuries
The Arnold Law Firm settled a case for $150,000 against a major grocery store chain for injuries related to a slip and fall inside one of its stores in Sacramento. Client Jane Doe, who was accompanied by her husband, John Doe, was walking down an aisle in the grocery store when she slipped on an unidentified oily substance and suffered an injury to her hamstring and low back. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and was then bed-ridden for several weeks and treated thereafter. The grocery store chain denied any liability for the incident, claiming that Jane Doe wasn't watching where she was walking, that defendant didn't know who put the substance there nor how long it had been there, and that defendant had no notice of the dangerous condition before the incident. When it was clear that the Arnold firm was willing and ready for trial, the case settled on the eve of trial.
Uncovered Utility Vault - The Arnold Law Firm settled a case for the defendant's policy limit of $100,000 for client who...
The Arnold Law Firm settled a case for the defendant's policy limit of $100,000 for a client who injured her knee (requiring surgery) after stepping into a utility box on a homeowner's driveway. The client, Jane Doe, was a housekeeper who came to defendant's home to clean it for the Thanksgiving holiday. The client's van was parked on the homeowner's driveway. While loading her cleaning materials into her van after completing the project, the client stepped into a utility vault that had been left uncovered and had been made part of the homeowner's driveway during an expansion of it by the prior homeowner. The homeowner's insurance company denied liability and refused to offer any settlement money. After completing the depositions of both the homeowner and the client, as well as an eyewitness, the insurance company tendered the $100,000 policy limit to the client. The utility company also contributed an amount toward the settlement as well.
Rear-end Accident Lawsuit - Client, nine weeks pregnant, was on the way to her mother-in-laws house when she was rear-ended at a...
Client, nine weeks pregnant, was on the way to her mother-in-law's house when she was rear-ended at a red light by the defendant. The client's vehicle sustained significant rearend damage as a result. She suffered a concussion, headaches, a neck strain and disk damage in her low back. The defendant's insurance company paid their policy limit of $15,000. Client had uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage on her own automobile insurance policy, so an underinsured motorist action was opened to pursue the additional $85,000 available. Client's own insurance company argued that she was not injured. After the depositions of the Kaiser doctors were completed by Client's insurance company, Client's insurance company admitted they were wrong and paid the additional $85,000. The Arnold Law Firm settled the case for the $100,000 of available insurance.
Client's Insurance Company Pays - The Arnold Law Firm obtained a binding arbitration award of $70,000 on behalf of their client
The Arnold Law Firm obtained a binding arbitration award of $70,000 on behalf of their client against the client's own insurance company, Allstate Insurance. The client was on her way to work and was a passenger in a vehicle struck three times by two other cars on Highway 99 in south Sacramento. Client suffered debilitating neck and back injuries and received a settlement from the at-fault driver and then proceeded with an underinsured motorist action against Allstate. Allstate offered only $7,000 to resolve its obligations under the insurance policy, leaving the Arnold Law Firm no choice but to proceed to binding arbitration. Following presentation of the evidence by both sides at arbitration, the arbitrator ruled completely in favor of the client and awarded $70,000 plus court costs, over 10 times what Allstate previously offered.
Passion For Work Leads To Successful Case Results - With personal injury cases, success is defined by more than the number of dollars awarded at settlement.
With personal injury cases, success is defined by more than the number of dollars awarded at settlement. Our clients come to us not just bearing physical and financial trauma, but emotional and situational scars, as well. As the legal process evolves, relationships are built with our clients that typically last for a lifetime. Sometimes, that connection is unexpectedly remarkable.
A few months after joining the Arnold Law Firm, a former attorney received a dog-bite case that particularly resonated with her. As she reviewed the details of the injured party, she couldn't help but notice an unusual number of personal similarities starting with being the same age as the client Christine, who happened to be a law student.
Our attorney, recently engaged and immersed in wedding planning at the time, was moved when she discovered that Christine had been bitten in the face by a friend's dog just weeks before her wedding day. She could easily understand how devastating that experience would be, well beyond the physical pain and disfigurement.
As soon as she saw the evidence photos of Christine's injuries, she recognized her and realized why her new client seemed so familiar. The two had been close friends in middle school, but attended different high schools and lost touch with each other. She was familiar with Christine's maiden name, not the married name which her client was now using.
Despite injury being the reason they crossed paths again, the former classmates were pleased to have the opportunity to rekindle their friendship. "Who would have thought when we were twelve, you would be my attorney someday?" remarked Christine.
Passion for her work fueled by her personal connection garnered great results for her client: $66,000 in settlement for a case with $5,000 in medical expenses.
Making The Extra Effort To Resolve A Claim - A man was on his way home from work, driving his 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup eastbound on Mills Station Road
A man was on his way home from work, driving his 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup eastbound on Mills Station Road in Rancho Cordova when he stopped for a red light at the intersection of Mather Field Drive. He waited for the light to change well back of the intersection and beyond the railroad tracks that parallel Mather Field Drive.</p><p>The light turned green, and he crossed the tracks and the southbound lanes. He was within feet of the other side of the street when a woman ran the northbound red light and struck the truck broadside, driving it across the intersection and into a pole.</p><p>The accident report gave the man's explanation of the events, but listed no witnesses. When the police talked to the woman, she said she had a green light when she entered the intersection.
It was the man's word against the woman's when the man came to the Arnold Law Firm. The man was looking at more than $100,000 in medical and other costs as a result of the accident. Even though details of the accident supported his side of the story, without a witness, his case was not promising.
While deposing the police officer who wrote the accident report, the Arnold Law Firm attorney noticed the officer had brought some notes along. He asked to look at the notes and discovered that the notes included the names and phone numbers of two witnesses. One number was no longer in service, but the other number belonged to a couple who had been in a vehicle behind the man and witnessed the collision. They confirmed that the light was green for them and red for the woman.
The Arnold Law Firm was able to get the woman driver's insurance to pay its policy limits and then secured additional money from the man's uninsured motorist coverage.
A Civil Law Christmas Story - A man was visiting his employers house when he was shot in the leg, suffering...
On Christmas Day 2006, a man was visiting his employer's house when he was shot in the leg, suffering crippling injuries to his knee. The man came to the Arnold Law Firm after several other firms had refused to take up his case. Recovery from the homeowner was highly unlikely. Gunshot injuries are not something homeowner's insurance covers.
While other law firms had dismissed the claim as unprofitable, we established that the man who fired the gun was a previously convicted felon and was under court order to not possess a gun or be in the house where the shooting took place. Everyone in the home at the time of the shooting knew of the court order and knew that the previously convicted felon had access to the gun. However, no one in the home did anything to prevent access to the gun or to prevent the shooter gunman from gaining access to the gun. Instead, they conspired to allow him to visit Christmas Day, which ultimately led to this unfortunate shooting.
The firm's exhaustive research and investigation established both negligence on the part of the homeowners and a conspiracy to allow the situation that resulted in the gunshot injury. Ultimately, this allowed the client to recover for an event that is normally not covered by homeowner's insurance and make sure that the client was properly compensated for his injuries
Warehouse Worker Injury Lawsuit - A volunteer at Senior Gleaners was helping out on the loading dock of the warehouse when he was struck...
A volunteer at Senior Gleaners was helping out on the loading dock of the warehouse when he was struck by a forklift. The forklift operator knocked the man down and rolled on top of him. He then backed off him, compounding the injury. Senior Gleaners claimed immunity. The injured volunteer came to the Arnold Law Firm seeking a reasonable settlement for the disabling injuries he suffered, which prevented him from working in the future.
The Arnold Law Firm represented the volunteer and pleaded his case for general damages, past and future medical costs, and past and future lost earnings. After extensive work on behalf of the injured man, an agreement was reached with the insurance company that paid the man a monthly income for the rest of his life. In addition, the monthly payments were guaranteed for 15 years to the man's heirs in the event of his untimely death.
Dog Bite Lawsuit - The owner of a 3-year-old male pitbull became extremely afraid of the dog when it bit him. The report
The owner of a 3-year-old male pitbull became extremely afraid of the dog when it bit him. The report of the attack showed the owner thought the dog should be euthanized. But instead, the dog was left in its yard.
The very next day, a woman who rented a room on the property arrived home. She considered herself friends with the dog as she entered the yard. But the feeling of friendship quickly evaporated when the dog sunk its teeth into the flesh below the woman's right breast. The dog then savagely tore into both of the woman's hands and arms. The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital. The worst bites were to her left hand, her dominant hand. She was in excruciating pain for weeks afterward. With both hands bandaged, she had to be fed, clothed and bathed by her boyfriend.
A year and a half after the attack, both of the woman's hands were scarred and her left hand was numb in places, the fine motor skills permanently impaired. Worse, she was now extremely fearful of all dogs. The attack was a horrifying event that will impact the rest of her life.
After much hard work and negotiation by Attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm, the case was settled for a confidential amount which was sufficient to compensate the woman for her terrible injuries.
Injured Worker Lawsuit - A man was hired to hang gutters on the roof of a property. On the first day of work, the man fell...
A man was hired to hang gutters on the roof of a property. On the first day of work, the man fell and suffered compound fractures of his right leg. The injured man came to the Arnold Law Firm.
The Arnold Law Firm then sued the general contractor who owned the property for negligence and for damages, arguing that under the Labor Code the injured worker was his statutory employee and, therefore, the property owner/general contractor could be held liable.
The property owner's insurance carrier begged to differ. The carrier said there was no liability insurance coverage for the injuries under any of the theories the Arnold Law Firm advanced, and the carrier in turn asked the court to find there was no coverage.
The property owner was now by himself, his insurance carrier having abandoned him. The Arnold Law Firm reached a deal with the property owner where the plaintiff and defendant agreed upon a judgment and the Arnold Law Firm agreed to defend the property owner against the carrier's action if and when the carrier did not agree to pay the amount of the judgment. In short, if the Arnold Law Firm prevailed, the insurance company would have to pay several hundred thousand dollars to the injured worker.
The agreement was reached and the Arnold Law Firm took the case to trial and convinced the judge there was insurance coverage for the accident despite the carriers adamant argument that its policy exclusions applied. As a result, the injured worker was fully compensated for his injuries.
Tractor/ Trailer- Motorcycle Collision - The Arnold Law Firm was contacted by Laura Taylor, Esq. Ms Taylor is a prior Associate...
In February 2013, the Arnold Law Firm was contacted by Laura Taylor, Esq. Ms Taylor is a prior Associate Attorney of the Arnold Law Firm who now exclusively practices in the Family Law arena.
Laura had a client (and a good friend) whose son was involved in a serious accident. He was riding his motorcycle when a Tractor/ Trailer pulled out in front of him, causing serious and life-threatening injuries. His injuries included a collapsed lung, fractured pelvis, fractured arm, fractured foot, fractured ribs, lacerated spleen (which was removed) and a fractured skull.
Prior to Ms Taylor contacting our office, several lawyers had rejected taking on his case. His motorcycle was not insured. Under Proposition 213, an uninsured operator of a vehicle may not claim monetary damages for pain and suffering. The Arnold Law Firm decided that we had to try and help this young man. This accident had completely changed his life.
After a year of hard work and fighting for this client's interests, the Arnold Law Firm was able to resolve his case and successfully obtain a settlement in the seven figures. These types of cases are heart-wrenching and worth every minute spent in their successful conclusion.
An active woman with an established professional career, Maureen attended a wedding reception held at a beautiful coastal vineyard venue.
A short while after she joined her niece to dance with the other guests, the heel of her shoe got stuck in between the bricks of the designated dance area.
An active woman with an established professional career, Maureen attended a wedding reception held at a beautiful coastal vineyard venue.
A short while after she joined her niece to dance with the other guests, the heel of her shoe got stuck in between the bricks of the designated dance area. Maureen fell to the pavement, sustaining multiple injuries, including a serious fracture of her wrist, that interfered with her work and recreational activities.
The venue and its insurance provider flatly denied any responsibility for Maureen's fall or injuries. They falsely claimed that intoxication compromised her stability and stated that, for over 25 years, no guest ever had an issue or injury while dancing on the dry-set, red brick pavers.
Fortunately, Maureen contacted the Arnold Law Firm to set things straight. Our team secured an expert evaluation of the safety conditions of the brick area and the suitability of the surface for the intended activity of dancing. They established that Maureen is, in fact, a non-drinker and was not inebriated at the reception.
Because the defendant continued to deny Maureen's case outright, we filed a lawsuit and prepared for an aggressive trial to demonstrate negligence on behalf of the venue. Shortly before the scheduled trial, the defendant agreed to settle for a confidential amount, representing fair compensation for the injuries stated in the lawsuit.
Maureen had a legitimate legal case that could have been successfully brushed aside by the responsible party had she not contact the Arnold Law Firm.