Automotive Product Liability (Crashworthiness)

$3,537,500 settlement for a 24-year-old man, his wife, and daughter. The man’s 1989 Toyota pickup truck was struck by another vehicle whose driver had run a stop sign. As a result of defective after-market lift high wheels and tire design, his vehicle spun and rolled when struck, resulting in his ejection from his truck. He sustained catastrophic brain injuries that have left him in a persistent vegetative state. Co-counsel: Larry Barokas.

$1,800,000 multi-defendant settlement (confidential as to percentage of allocation to each defendant) for the estate of a 37-year-old man who died from suffocation due to the collapse of the roof in his 1998 Ford Expedition, after his vehicle struck a guardrail and rolled over multiple times. Co-counsel: Mikal Watts.

Confidential settlement for a 42-year-old woman who was a passenger in a 1989 Suburban that was struck by a semi-tractor trailer rig that sent the plaintiff’s vehicle into a snow plow. When the plaintiff’s vehicle struck the snow plow its defectively designed frame compressed causing the plaintiff’s quadriplegia. Co-counsel: Jay Leipham.

Confidential settlement for a 46-year-old woman who was driving a 1995 Ford Escort Wagon when her airbag deployed during an automobile accident with such force that she sustained a spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia. Co-counsel: Steve Fury.

Confidential settlement for a 24-year-old passenger who was in an accident that resulted in the 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup’s roof collapsing and the seat belt failing. The plaintiff suffered severe spinal injuries, resulting in quadriplegia. Counsel associating our law firm: Paul Luvera.

Confidential settlement for the estate of a 62-year-old woman who was a passenger in a vehicle that was driven into a rock wall. When the 1990 Honda Civic hit the wall, the seat belt failed to properly protect the plaintiff, resulting in fatal rib and spinal cord injuries. Co-counsel: James Bickerton.

Confidential settlement for an 18-year-old driver and her parents. The driver is now ventilator-dependent after she was catastrophically injured resulting in quadriplegia due to the collapse of the defective roof in her 1999 Chevrolet Suburban. The roof crushed when the plaintiff tried to pass a truck, lost control, and rolled over several times.

Confidential settlement for a 16-year-old boy who was a passenger in a vehicle rollover accident. During the accident, the 2000 Grand Prix’s roof crushed, resulting in the plaintiff’s quadriplegia.

Confidential settlement for a 35-year-old male driver, who was in a vehicle rollover accident. During the accident, plaintiff was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer. The vehicle’s roof crushed over his head. The plaintiff was ejected from the vehicle, and he sustained quadriplegia and a brain injury. Co-counsel: Craig Schauermann.

Confidential settlement for a 29-year-old woman who was driving her 1989 Ford Taurus which struck a concrete pillar. When the plaintiff’s vehicle hit the pillar, her seat belt and door latch failed, resulting in the plaintiff being partially ejected and having her arm amputated. Co-counsel: David Bufalini.

Confidential settlement for the estate of a 17-year-old, short-statured girl who was killed when her 1989 Dodge Daytona hatchback was involved in a low speed automobile collision, and her airbag deployed aggressively.

Confidential settlement for a 24-year-old woman who was a passenger in a 1982 GLC Mazda Sedan that was driven into a utility pole. The plaintiff sustained serious kidney, liver, and stomach injuries when she jackknifed over the rear seat lap belt during the collision. There was no three-point belt. Co-counsel: James Bickerton.

Confidential settlement for a 14-year-old girl who was a passenger in a 1993 Saturn SC2. The plaintiff suffered a serious brain injury when her seat belt inadvertently unlatched during an intersection collision. Co-counsel: Ira Leesfield.

Confidential settlement for the estate of a 48-year-old man who was killed in an automobile accident while he was driving a 1989 Dodge Caravan. The decedent was killed because the steering wheel protruded upward and struck him in the face. Co-counsel: Kim Weyer.

Confidential settlement for a 17-year-old boy who drove a 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 4WD and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled over and the roof crushed, resulting in the plaintiff’s quadriplegia. Ruder v. Daimler Chrysler Corporation – Co-counsel: Paul Luvera/ David Beninger.

Confidential settlement for a 44-year-old woman and her family. The woman drove a 2000 Ford Expedition when she lost control and the vehicle rolled over. During the accident, the vehicle’s roof crushed, resulting in the driver’s quadriplegia.

Confidential settlement for a 25-year-old driver. The plaintiff drove a rented 1992 Ford Escort. He utilized the automatic shoulder belt but was unaware of the manual lap belt, which he did not engage. When the plaintiff was rear-ended, he lost control of his vehicle, and the vehicle rolled. The vehicle’s restraint system failed to restrain the plaintiff, he was thrown from his vehicle, and he sustained major injuries, including quadriplegia. Co-counsel: Lauren Hunt and Joseph Hunt.

Confidential settlement for the estate of a 77-year-old woman who was killed when her 1993 Corsica airbag deployed aggressively during a low speed automobile collision. Co-counsel: George Kargianis.

Confidential settlement for a 22-year-old driver. The plaintiff was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer when another vehicle pulled in front of her on the highway causing the plaintiff  to lose control of her vehicle. The vehicle rolled over and the roof crushed.  The plaintiff suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Confidential settlement for a 31-year-old woman who was driving a 2000 Nissan Frontier when the vehicle began to hydroplane and the plaintiff lost control. The plaintiff’s vehicle hit a concrete barrier, her airbag deployed and the plaintiff was blinded in the left eye. Counsel associating our law firm: Jim Leavitt

Confidential settlement for a 39-year-old man who was driving a 1990 Acura Integra. The Plaintiff was hit by another vehicle that ran a red light. The plaintiff sustained quadriplegia, caused by the unsafe design of the vehicle’s seatbelt.

A decorated police officer was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger when he lost control of the truck and the vehicle rolled.  The roof crushed over the driver compartment, pinning the officer in a compromising position. The officer asphyxiated to death. Counsel associating our firm: Charlie Jones.

A 10-year-old girl was seated in the left second row outboard seat of a 2002 Suburban when the vehicle rolled over. She was partially ejected from her three-point belt and crushed between the Suburban and the ground, and later completely ejected from the seatbelt, with a final resting place on the ground. Counsel associating our law firm: John N. Demas.

Automotive Collisions

$950,000 settlement for a 20-year-old woman who was driving when she was struck by a large truck and trailer.  The plaintiff was pinned and crushed in her vehicle. The plaintiff’s injuries included leg fractures, chest injuries, and facial lacerations.

$2,285,000 settlement for three plaintiffs, ages 31, 40, and 45 years old, who suffered extensive burns, fractures, and physical disfigurement when a semi-tractor trailer rig caused a multi-car collision that included the plaintiffs’ vehicle.

$600,000 settlement for a 21-year-old man who was struck by a van while riding his motorcycle. The plaintiff suffered an arm amputation. Howell v. Rogers, et al.

$650,000 settlement for a the estate of a passenger, who was fatally injured when her vehicle was struck by a truck, causing the decedent’s vehicle to move into oncoming traffic.

$300,000 settlement. A drunk driver ran a red traffic light and struck plaintiff’s vehicle, causing plaintiff to suffer a C2 vertebrae fracture.

$300,000 settlement. An inattentive driver crossed the center line of SR 101 and struck plaintiff’s vehicle, killing plaintiff’s husband and 7-year-old daughter.  Plaintiff and her 4-year-old son suffered multi-trauma injuries from the collision.

$650,000 settlement for the estate of a 62-year-old woman who died when she was struck from behind by a vehicle while walking her dog.

Bicycle Accidents

$3,000,000 settlement for a 24-year-old woman who was on her bicycle in a crosswalk when she was struck and run over by a truck. The plaintiff suffered debilitating injuries to her lower extremities and major physical disfigurement. Co-counsel: James Hennessey.

Clergy and Other Sexual Abuse

$1,595,000 settlement for four plaintiffs who had been sexually molested by a priest as minors.

$1,410,000 settlement for four plaintiffs who were sexually molested by a priest as minors.

$1,112,500 settlement for three plaintiffs who had been sexually abused by a priest as minors. The plaintiffs were 58, 59, and 60 years old at the time of the settlement.

$800,000 settlement for a plaintiff who was sexually molested by a priest as a minor.

$600,000 settlement for the estate of a 43-year-old man who committed suicide as a result of a childhood sexual abuse by a priest.

$430,000 settlement for a 64-year-old man was sexually abused by a priest as a minor.

$430,000 settlement for three plaintiffs who were sexually molested when they, as teenagers, attended boarding school.

$375,000. A plaintiff was sexually molested by a priest as a minor.

$350,000. A plaintiff was sexually molested by a priest as a minor.

$270,000. A 65-year-old man was sexually molested by a priest as a minor.

Confidential settlement for two women who were sexually molested by a reverend as minors.

Confidential settlement for plaintiff, who, while he/she attended boarding school, was sexually molested by four priests.

Construction Site Accidents

$12,000,000 settlement. Five workers were severely injured in an electrocution incident involving a NW Pipeline Corporation gas pipeline near Everett, Washington.  Local counsel for Larry Boyd, Michael Shelton, and Kenneth Barnes.

$6,550,000 settlement. Two construction workers were injured on a demolition site.  Each one had a leg amputated as a result of severe injuries that were caused by a wall collapse.

Cruise Ship Torts

Confidential settlement. A female plaintiff slipped and fell, fracturing her wrist and injuring her shoulder, while onboard a cruise ship.

Confidential settlement. A male plaintiff slipped and fell, injuring his right patella, while onboard a cruise ship.

Confidential settlement. A 50-year-old semi-retired female plaintiff slipped and fell on an ungrated, hard, polished surface near an indoor hydra-pool onboard a cruise ship.  She suffered a displaced fracture of her right patella.

Drug Product Liability

Confidential settlement for the estate of a 58-year-old woman who died as a result of a malfunctioning fentanyl patch.

$1,000,000 settlement for a 40-year-old man who underwent multiple eye surgeries, including three corneal transplants, after using Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution for contact lenses.

Foodborne Illnesses

$1,300,000 settlement for the estate of a 3-year-old boy who died after he developed E. Coli poisoning from drinking unpasteurized Odwalla apple juice. Co-counsel: Ralph Brindley.

Confidential settlement for a 3 1/2-year-old girl and her family, after the girl developed E. Coli poisoning from drinking unpasteurized Odwalla apple juice. The girl suffered permanent kidney damage from the poisoning.

$650,000 settlement for a 5-year-old girl and her family, after the girl developed E. Coli poisoning from drinking unpasteurized Odwalla apple juice. The girl sustained permanent kidney damage from the poisoning.

Foster Home Negligence

$2,500,000 settlement for two siblings, ages 5 and 3, who were sexually molested by their foster parent after the Washington State Department of Child Protective Services removed them from their biological mother’s care.

Government Liability

$750,000 settlement for a 22-year-old woman who received pelvic, liver, and lung injuries when her car was rear ended and forced into oncoming traffic by a driver in a stolen vehicle. The driver in the stolen vehicle was being pursued by a police officer in a high speed chase at the time of the collision.

$690,000 settlement for the estate of a 15-year-old male high school student who killed himself with a gun shot to the head. A psychologist who worked for the school district failed to take reasonable preventative measures to stop the student, after he was informed that the student was suicidal.

Confidential settlement for a 13-year-old female student and her family. The student received liver, nerve, and arm injuries after being shot in the back by a fellow student who killed other people during a shooting spree on school premises.

Helmet Design

Confidential settlement for a 19-year-old man who was wearing a motorcycle helmet that failed to protect him when his motorcycle hit another vehicle. The plaintiff sustained a severe and permanent brain injury.

$1,000,000 settlement for the estate of an 11-year-old girl who was wearing an equestrian helmet that slipped back on her head and failed to protect her when she struck her head on a tree while riding a horse. The girl suffered a traumatic brain injury and later died.

Highway Design

$343,677 verdict for the estate of a 32-year-old woman who fell through an opening between bridges due in part to the defective design of the bridge.

Medical Device Liability

MDL confidential settlement for 19 women for complications and damages sustained as a result of defective design and inadequate warnings associated with ObTape. These complications include serious infection, abscesses, erosion, and extrusion.

Medical Negligence

$2,000,000 settlement for the estate of a 34-year-old man whose heart condition was misdiagnosed. As a result of the misdiagnosed heart condition, the decedent died from a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm.

$1,500,000 settlement for a 76-year-old man and his family; the man’s spinal cord injuries were misdiagnosed twice, after he was in an automobile accident. Co-counsel: David Hoffman.

$625,000 settlement for the parents of an 8-day-old infant who died when doctors failed to properly deliver the infant through a cesarean section. IM v. Doe Health Care Facility.

$300,000 settlement for a 35-year-old man who, after recently experiencing a dizzy spell, was negligently given spinal adjustments by a chiropractor, resulting in the patient having a stroke.

Nursing Home Malpractice

$700,000 settlement for the estate of a 67-year-old woman who died of hypothermia after being locked out of her nursing home overnight.

Confidential settlement for a quadriplegic man who, as a result of the nursing home’s negligent care, died due to complications with pressure ulcers.

Premises Liability

$1,250,000 settlement for a 9-year-old girl. The girl was kicked in the head by a horse, while on a horse farm, when she was negligently supervised by an employee. As a result of the kick, the girl has a severe brain injury. Co-counsel: Larry Barokas.

$750,000 settlement for a 47-year-old woman. The woman was waiting in line for coffee at an airport restaurant when a heavy sheet of glass fell on her foot causing fractures, and complex regional pain syndrome.

Product Liability

$1,500,000 settlement for a 40-year-old woman who suffered burns while attempting to start a fire with Eco-Char, an organic fire starter. Co-counsel: Dwayne Richards and Reed Schifferman.

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