Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in California in 2019

Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in California in 2019We are pleased to present to you the list of the top 50 wrongful death settlements obtained in California in the year 2019. The list is comprised of cases filed either in a state or federal court, as well as those settled prior to commencing a lawsuit. It does, however, exclude cases settled for an undisclosed amount.

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1
Amount:$9,475,000.00
Attorneys:Timothy D. McMahon, Mark A. Sigala, Ben H. Stoddard of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, LLP
Case:Kulkarni v. The Sobrato Organization LLC
Type:Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Premises Liability, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Fall, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Architectural Malpractice, Design Defect
2
Amount:$7,500,000.00
Attorneys:Spencer R. Lucas, Noriel L. Flores of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Bermas, et al. v. Waterstone Garden Investments, LP, et al.
Type:Dangerous Condition, Falling Object, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort
3 (tie)
Amount:$7,000,000.00
Attorneys:John E. Sweeney of Sweeney & Associates; Steven C. Glickman, Nicole E. Hoikka of Glickman & Glickman
Case:Taylor v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct
3 (tie)
Amount:$7,000,000.00
Attorneys:Roger A. Dreyer, Anthony J. Garilli, Anton J. Babich of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP
Case:Irwin v. County of Sacramento
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
4
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Daniel M. Hodes of Hodes Milman, LLP
Case:Confidential Plaintiff v. Defendant Surgeon
Type:Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Surgical Error, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
5
Amount:$4,650,000.00
Attorneys:John H. Howard, Brett C. Templeman of Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller & Templeman
Case:Caceres v. Villanueva
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Emotional Distress, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
6
Amount:$4,600,000.00
Attorneys:Dale K. Galipo, Renee V. Masongsong of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo; Louanne Masry, John C. Taylor of Taylor & Ring LLP
Case:C.M., Pro Ami, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Training, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
7
Amount:$4,000,000.00
Attorneys:Arin Khodaverdian of Alpine Law Group, P.C.; Spencer R. Lucas, Brian J. Panish, Jefferson Saylor of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Estate of Garibaldi v. Walgreen Co., et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Entrustment, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
8
Amount:$3,900,000.00
Attorneys:C. Michael Alder, Laura F. Sedrish of AlderLaw, PC; Reza Torkzadeh of The Torkzadeh Law Firm
Case:Estate of Padilla v. James W. Fowler Co.
Type:Dangerous Condition, Work Accident, Workplace Negligence, Wrongful Death, Negligent Training, Contractor Negligence, Negligent Tort
9
Amount:$3,800,000.00
Attorneys:Spencer R. Lucas, Marguerite S. Sanvictores, Nadine Ninva Khedry of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Twitchell v. Martinez et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Entrustment, Negligent Tort
10
Amount:$3,750,000.00
Attorneys:Gregory A. Yates of Law Offices of Gregory A. Yates P.C.; Dale K. Galipo, Eric Valenzuela of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo
Case:Estate of A.W., et al. v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, False Arrest, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Denial of Medical Care, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Unreasonable Search & Seizure
11
Amount:$3,015,000.00
Attorneys:Warren R. Paboojian, Adam B. Stirrup of Baradat & Paboojian, Inc.
Case:Neal v. R-N-R Trucking
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Emotional Distress, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
12 (tie)
Amount:$3,000,000.00
Attorneys:Brian J. Panish, Thomas A. Schultz, John W. Shaller of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP; Nareg Gourjian of Gourjian Law Group P.C.
Case:Estate of A.G. v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Denial of Medical Care, Police Brutality, Police Corruption, Negligent Tort
12 (tie)
Amount:$3,000,000.00
Attorneys:Gary A. Dordick, Christopher V. Bulone of Dordick Law Corporation; Cristobal M. Galindo of Law offices of Cristobal M. Galindo, P.C.
Case:Carranza v. Driver Urban
Type:Construction Accident, Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Slip & Fall, Work Accident, Workplace Negligence, Wrongful Death, Fall, Scaffolding Accident, Contractor Negligence, Negligent Tort
13
Amount:$2,125,000.00
Attorneys:Luis A. Carrillo, Michael S. Carrillo of Carrillo Law Firm, LLP; Daniel Rodriguez, J. Miguel Flores of Rodriguez & Associates
Case:Estate of E.O. v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Breach of Duty of Care, Failure to Supervise, Failure to Train, Drowning Accident, Negligent Tort
14
Amount:$2,025,000.00
Attorneys:Richard H. Schoenberger, Justin Chou of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
Case:Estate of Chung v. City and County of San Francisco
Type:Bus Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Fall, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
15
Amount:$1,750,000.00
Attorneys:Dawn L. Hassell, Lisa A. Villasenor, Judy Graziano of The Hassell Law Group
Case:Decedent Pedestrian v. Commercial Vehicle Owner
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
16
Amount:$1,600,000.00
Attorneys:Michael E. Gatto, R. Lewis Van Blois of Van Blois Law
Case:Estate of Belcher v. Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
Type:Bus Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Mass Transit Accident
17
Amount:$1,408,333.00
Attorneys:Michael Ghozland of Ghozland Law Firm
Case:Estate of Motorcyclist v. Truck Driver, et al.
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
18
Amount:$1,300,000.00
Attorneys:Ralph M. Rios of Rios & Associates; Arnoldo Casillas, Daniel W. Gillette of Casillas & Associates
Case:Estate of Anderson v. County of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Training, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct
19
Amount:$1,100,000.00
Attorneys:William E. Wegner , Chloe Wolman of Davies Wegner Law; Eric D. Levine, Olesia Boulaev of The Levine Firm
Case:Estate of Devitt v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Dangerous Condition, Dog Bite, Government Negligence, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Failure to Protect, Animal Attack, Negligent Tort, Public Nuisance
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Philip Michels of Law Offices of Michels & Lew
Case:Estate of Chen v. TA, M.D.
Type:Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Monitor, Ob-Gyn Malpractice, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Stephen M. Johnson of Berglund & Johnson
Case:Garber v. Meadowbrook Senior Living
Type:Nursing Home Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Fall, Inadequate Care, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Richard C. Watters of Miles, Sears & Eanni, PC
Case:Pena v. City of Fresno
Type:Bus Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Mass Transit Accident, On-board Accident
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Craig S. Walkon, Bradley J. Walkon, Andrew H. Walkon of Law Offices of Craig S. Walkon
Case:Estate of Suchomel v. High Desert Diagnostic Medical Group
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
21
Amount:$950,000.00
Attorneys:Kelly W. Winter , Amy Fisch Solomon, David N. Bigelow of Girardi | Keese
Case:Estate of Rusin v. Regents of The University of California
Type:Delayed Diagnosis, Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
22
Amount:$887,806.00
Attorneys:Daniel M. Hodes of Hodes Milman, LLP
Case:Estate of Patient v. Primary Care Physician
Type:Delayed Diagnosis, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
23
Amount:$800,000.00
Attorneys:Richard A. Cohn of Aitken Aitken Cohn
Case:Estate of Pardo v. San Marco Medical Group Inc.
Type:Delayed Diagnosis, Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Failure to Test
24 (tie)
Amount:$750,000.00
Attorneys:Derek S. Raynes, Jeffrey S. Raynes of Raynes Erickson
Case:Estate of Sapalicio v. County of San Bernardino
Type:Delayed Treatment, Government Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
24 (tie)
Amount:$750,000.00
Attorneys:Joshua H. Haffner, Brian S. Kabateck, Hrag H. Kouyoumjian of Kabateck LLP; Tigran Martinian, Arash H. Zabetian of Martinian & Associates Inc
Case:Estate of Ortiz v. City of Los Angeles
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
25
Amount:$695,000.00
Attorneys:John L. Burris, DeWitt M. Lacy, K. Chike Odiwe of Law Offices of John L. Burris
Case:Wallisa v. Hesperia, et al.
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Intentional Tort, Emotional Distress, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
26
Amount:$650,000.00
Attorneys:James M. Lee, Caleb H. Liang, Julie A. Choi of LTL Attorneys LLP; Jennifer H. Ryu, Jack Bazerkanian of Shin Ryu Bazerkanian, LLP
Case:Estate of Medina v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Training, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
27
Amount:$625,000.00
Attorneys:Jennifer R. Johnson of Law Office of Jennifer R. Johnson; Daniel M. Hodes of Hodes Milman, LLP
Case:Estate of Patient v. Hospital, et al.
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Surgical Error, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
28
Amount:$600,000.00
Attorneys:Dale K. Galipo of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo; Alex R. Kessel of Alex R. Kessel, Attorney at Law
Case:Estate of Quintero v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, False Arrest, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Denial of Medical Care, Negligent Training, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Unreasonable Search & Seizure, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
29 (tie)
Amount:$500,000.00
Attorneys:Brian K. Brandt of Law Offices of Brian Brandt
Case:Estate of Cave v. City of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort
29 (tie)
Amount:$500,000.00
Attorneys:Brian T. Dunn, Megan R. Gyongyos of The Cochran Firm
Case:Estate of Jaradat v. City of Los Angeles, 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
29 (tie)
Amount:$500,000.00
Attorneys:Adam K. Shea of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Estate of Sweet v. City of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort
30
Amount:$475,000.00
Attorneys:Carl A. McMahan, Mark J. Habeeb of McMahan Law, PC; Marshall Silberberg of The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg
Case:Estate of Moog v. Loma Linda University Health
Type:Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
31 (tie)
Amount:$450,000.00
Attorneys:Bobby Saadian, Daniel B. Miller of Wilshire Law Firm
Case:Estate of Vargas, et al. v. Gold Coast Transit
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Single-Vehicle Accident
31 (tie)
Amount:$450,000.00
Attorneys:Joseph F. Fighera, Kimberly A. Valentine, Jennifer L. Turner of Valentine Law Group; Casey Johnson of Aitken Aitken Cohn
Case:Jenkins v. Ramona Rehabilitation and Post Acute Care Inc., et al.
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Medication Error, Elder Abuse, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
32 (tie)
Amount:$400,000.00
Attorneys:John L. Burris, Adante De Pointer, DeWitt M. Lacy, Melissa C. Nold of Law Offices of John L. Burris
Case:Estate of Woods v. City and County of San Francisco
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Failure to Supervise, Police Brutality, Failure to Train, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
32 (tie)
Amount:$400,000.00
Attorneys:Christopher T. Aumais, Ashkahn Mohamadi of Girardi | Keese
Case:Estate of Di v. Felcor Hotel Asset Co. LLC, et al.
Type:Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Drowning Accident, Negligent Tort
32 (tie)
Amount:$400,000.00
Attorneys:Nicholas C. Rowley, Stephen K. McElroy, Ashley N. Parris of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP
Case:Estate of Botz v. City of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
33
Amount:$375,000.00
Attorneys:Neil M. Howard of Law Office of Neil M. Howard
Case:Estate of Loeza v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
34
Amount:$350,000.00
Attorneys:Vicki I. Sarmiento of Law Offices of Vicki I. Sarmiento; Dale K. Galipo of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo
Case:Estate of Johnson v. County of San Bernardino, et al.
Type:Excessive Force, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Negligent Training, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
35
Amount:$315,000.00
Attorneys:Ryan A. Casey, Brian J. Panish, Adam K. Shea of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Estate of Alvarez v. County of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
36
Amount:$265,000.00
Attorneys:Sevahn N. Simonian, Edward H. Yun of Yun + Simonian PC
Case:Estate of Fraley v. Live Nation Worldwide Inc., et al.
Type:Bicycle Accident, Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
37 (tie)
Amount:$250,000.00
Attorneys:Mark J. Geragos, Marcus Petoyan, Mallory Whitelaw, Dev D. Das of Geragos & Geragos
Case:Estate of Caldwell v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Prison Negligence, Inadequate Care, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
37 (tie)
Amount:$250,000.00
Attorneys:Daniel M. Siegel, EmilyRose Johns of Siegel, Yee, Brunner & Mehta
Case:Estate of Smith v. City of Oakland
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Failure to Supervise, Police Brutality, Failure to Train, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
38 (tie)
Amount:$200,000.00
Attorneys:Arnoldo Casillas, Denisse O. Gastelum of Casillas & Associates
Case:Estate of Mendez v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Assault & Battery, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
38 (tie)
Amount:$200,000.00
Attorneys:Barbara B. Savaglio of Law Offices of Barbara B. Savaglio
Case:Estate of Ruiz v. Garibaldo
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death, DUI, Negligent Tort
38 (tie)
Amount:$200,000.00
Attorneys:Donald C. Randolph, Nicole J. Stephenson of Randolph & Sampson, APC
Case:Estate of Chivas v. Garcia
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
39
Amount:$113,500.00
Attorneys:Eric C. Bonholtzer of Ball & Bonholtzer
Case:Soto v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
40 - 50
Note: Settlements below $100,000 have not been included to the list.

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