Top 20 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019

Top 20 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019We are pleased to present to you the list of the top 20 wrongful death verdicts obtained in California in the year 2019. The list is comprised of various case types that were tried either in state or federal courts of California.

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1
Amount:$60,000,000.00
Attorneys:Evan L. Ginsburg of Law Offices of Evan L. Ginsburg; William M. Paoli, Court B. Purdy of Paoli Purdy, LLP
Case:Summer Johnson and Steven De La Cruz v. Town of Apple Valley
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
2
Amount:$42,500,000.00
Attorneys:Edward P. Dudensing of The Office of Ed Dudensing; Thomas G.C. McLaughlin of Law Office of Thomas G.C. McLaughlin; Jay P. Renneisen of Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Law Center
Case:Lovenstein, et al. v. Eskaton Fountainwood Lodge, et al.
Type:Fraud, Nursing Home Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Overmedication, Intentional Tort, Failure to Supervise, Elder Abuse, Failure to Train, Lack of Informed Consent, Negligent Tort
3
Amount:$30,000,000.00
Attorneys:Scott E. Boyer, Arash Homampour of The Homampour Law Firm, APLC; Hamed L. Yazdanpanah of Law Offices of Hamed Yazdanpanah
Case:Estate of Plascencia, et al. v. Deese, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
4
Amount:$21,385,000.00
Attorneys:Rajeev K. Mittal of Waters, Kraus & Paul; Scott R. Frieling of Allen Stewart, P.C.; Mary E. Alexander of Mary Alexander & Associates P.C
Case:Eaves v. Ashland Inc.
Type:Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Negligent Tort, Strict Liability
5
Amount:$20,000,000.00
Attorneys:Alethia S. Gooden, Trevor M. Quirk of Quirk Law Firm, LLP
Case:Estate of Prewitt v. Chappell
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Gross Negligence, DUI, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
6
Amount:$15,000,000.00
Attorneys:Bruce A. Broillet, Alan L. Van Gelder of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
Case:Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club Ltd.
Type:Wrongful Death, Denial of Medical Care, Breach of Duty of Care, Failure to Train, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
7
Amount:$13,200,000.00
Attorneys:Garo Mardirossian, Lawrence D. Marks of Mardirossian & Associates Inc.; Douglas A. Linde, Erica A. Gonzales of The Linde Law Firm
Case:Estate of Valenzuela v. City of Anaheim, et al.
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct
8
Amount:$13,060,000.00
Attorneys:Haytham Faraj, Nicholas C. Rowley, Lance C. Behringer of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP
Case:Estate of Hermenegildo, et al. v. Blunden, et al.
Type:Business Liability, Dangerous Condition, Falling Object, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Failure to Supervise, Negligent Tort
9
Amount:$12,000,000.00
Attorneys:Corey Arzoumanian, Arash Homampour, Nareen M. Touloumdjian of The Homampour Law Firm, APLC; David H. Greenberg, Emily A. Ruby of Law Office of David H. Greenberg
Case:Courtney v. Daimler Trucks North America LLC
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Product Liability, Truck Accident, Work Accident, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Strict Liability, Single-Vehicle Accident
10
Amount:$11,050,000.00
Attorneys:Steven R. Vartazarian, Matthew J. Whibley of The Vartazarian Law Firm, APC; Navid A. Natanian, Edward R. Yaghoubi of Law Offices of Navid A. Natanian, APLC
Case:Estate of Garcia v. TRI-Modal Distribution Services Inc.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
11
Amount:$11,000,000.00
Attorneys:H. Gavin Long of Bisnar Chase, LLP
Case:Cunningham v. Narcanon Redwood Cliffs, et al.
Type:Negligent Supervision, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Inadequate Care, Negligent Tort
12
Amount:$10,000,000.00
Attorneys:Keith J. Bruno, John A. Kawai, Christopher D. Barnes of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP; Theresa Bowen Hatch of Bowen Hatch Law, PC; Dustin N. Maricic of Maricic Law Firm; George Maricic of George Maricic APC
Case:Estate of Courts v. Lee, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Gross Negligence, DUI, Negligent Tort, Strict Liability
13
Amount:$9,500,000.00
Attorneys:R. Michael Bomberger, Stephen J. Estey, Mary Bajo of Estey & Bomberger, LLP; James M. Brown of Law Offices of James Matthew Brown, APLC
Case:Estate of Peck v. Peck
Type:Assault & Battery, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort
14
Amount:$9,000,000.00
Attorneys:Rodney S. Diggs of Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt; Brian T. Dunn, Megan R. Gyongyos, James A. Bryant, Constance L. Rice of The Cochran Firm
Case:Estate of Pream v. The City of Long Beach, et al.
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Malicious Prosecution, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Denial of Medical Care, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct
15
Amount:$8,500,000.00
Attorneys:Scott E. Spell of Law Office of Scott E. Spell; Michelle Iarusso of Iarusso & Dagher; John S. Levitt of Soltman, Levitt, Flaherty & Wattles LLP; Thomas M. Dempsey of Law Offices of Thomas M. Dempsey
Case:Hatcher, et al. v. Powel, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Negligent Maintenance, Contractor Negligence, Gross Negligence, DUI, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
16
Amount:$7,150,000.00
Attorneys:Scott E. Spell of Law Office of Scott E. Spell; Michelle Iarusso of Iarusso & Dagher; John S. Levitt of Soltman, Levitt, Flaherty & Wattles LLP; Thomas M. Dempsey of Law Offices of Thomas M. Dempsey
Case:Powell v. AT&T Corp.
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Gross Negligence, DUI, Negligent Tort
17
Amount:$4,750,000.00
Attorneys:Dale K. Galipo, Eric Valenzuela of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo; William L. Schmidt, Jeffrey W. Eisinger of William L. Schmidt, Attorney at Law, P.C.
Case:Estate of Casillas v. The City of Fresno, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
18
Amount:$4,738,369.00
Attorneys:Lawrence Grassini, Lars C. Johnson, Roland G. Wrinkle, Robert B. Reagan Jr. of Grassini & Wrinkle
Case:Estate of Knopp v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Bicycle Accident, Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
19
Amount:$4,397,716.00
Attorneys:Jonathan A. George, Samuel I. Iola, Michael Connett of Waters, Kraus & Paul
Case:Vanni, et al. v. AMF Bowling Centers, Inc., et al.
Type:Asbestos Exposure, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Toxic Exposure, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Mesothelioma, Negligent Tort, Strict Liability
20 (tie)
Amount:$4,000,000.00
Attorneys:John H. Scott, Lizabeth de Vries of Scott Law Firm; Izaak D. Schwaiger of Schwaiger Law
Case:Estate of Wroth v. City of Rohnert Park
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Failure to Train, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
20 (tie)
Amount:$4,000,000.00
Attorneys:Michael A. Kelly, Douglas S. Saeltzer, Doris Cheng of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
Case:Estate of Alvarez v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Type:Bicycle Accident, Bus Accident, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Single-Vehicle Accident

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