Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in California in 2020

Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in California in 2020We are pleased to present to you the list of the top 50 wrongful death settlements obtained in California in the year 2020. The list is comprised of cases filed either in a state or federal court, as well as those settled prior to commencing a lawsuit.

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1
Amount:$12,250,000.00
Attorneys:Court B. Purdy, William M. Paoli of Paoli & Purdy P.C.
Case:Estate of Shear v. City of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
2
Amount:$11,000,000.00
Attorneys:Brian Breiter, Peter Diamond of Law Offices of Brian Breiter, LLP
Case:Estate of Pedestrian v. Motorist
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
3
Amount:$8,000,000.00
Attorneys:Andrew Schwartz of Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook
Case:Curry v. San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Type:Negligent Supervision, School Safety, Wrongful Death, Breach of Duty of Care, Drowning Accident, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
4 (tie)
Amount:$7,500,000.00
Attorneys:Robert Glassman, Nathan Werksman of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Corona, et al. v. Orange Unified School District, et al.
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Negligent Supervision, School Safety, Wrongful Death, Breach of Duty of Care, Negligent Training, Negligent Tort
4 (tie)
Amount:$7,500,000.00
Attorneys:Brian Breiter, Chance Pardon of Law Offices of Brian J. Breiter LLP
Case:Estate of Minor v. Owner
Type:Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Failure to Maintain, Emotional Distress, Drowning Accident, Negligent Tort
5
Amount:$7,300,000.00
Attorneys:Michael Haddad*, Julia Sherwin* of Haddad & Sherwin LLP
Case:Martinez v. City of Pittsburg
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
6
Amount:$6,000,000.00
Attorneys:Ranger J. Wiens of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc.
Case:Christian v. Joe O. Rocha Dairy, Inc, et al.
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
7
Amount:$5,700,000.00
Attorneys:Michael J. Haddad*, Julia Sherwin of Haddad & Sherwin LLP; Adante Pointer*, Patrick Buelna of Pointer & Buelna; John L. Burris of Law Office of John L. Burris
Case:I.F. v. City of Vallejo, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
8 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Frank Perez, Miguel G. Caballero of Perez & Caballero APC
Case:Hernandez v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Entrustment, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Single-Vehicle Accident, Emergency Vehicle Accident
8 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Adante De Pointer, Patrick Buelna of Pointer & Buelna, LLP; John Burris of Law Offices of John Burris
Case:Jaime, et al. v. Alameda County, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
8 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Richard C. Watters of Miles, Sears & Eanni
Case:Rotondaro v. Kings Rehabilitation Center Inc.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Head-on Collision, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
9
Amount:$3,900,000.00
Attorneys:Brian T. Dunn of The Cochran Firm California
Case:Twyman v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Due Process Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Imprisonment, False Arrest, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Unreasonable Search & Seizure, Negligent Tort
10
Amount:$3,250,000.00
Attorneys:K. Chike Odiwe, John L. Burris, Ben Nisenbaum of Law Offices of John L. Burris; Mark E. Merin of Law Offices of Mark E. Merin
Case:L.F., et al. v. City of Stockton
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
11
Amount:$3,000,000.00
Attorneys:Greyson M. Goody, Robert T. Simon of The Simon Law Group, LLP
Case:Estate of Gonzalez v. Downing Construction Inc.
Type:Business Liability, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Work Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
12
Amount:$2,975,000.00
Attorneys:Ryan D. Saba, Tyler C. Vanderpool of Rosen Saba, LLP; Richard A. Lesser of Lesser & Associates, PLC
Case:Lee, et al. v. Scuba Mania, Inc., et al.
Type:Business Liability, Negligent Supervision, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Training, Drowning Accident, Negligent Tort
13
Amount:$2,010,000.00
Attorneys:Abraham Sandoval of Sandoval Law, APC
Case:Estate of Patient v. Health Care Center
Type:Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
14 (tie)
Amount:$2,000,000.00
Attorneys:Arash Zabetian of Martinian & Associates Inc.; Haytham Faraj of Law Offices of Haytham Faraj PLLC
Case:Garcia v. Gonzalez, et al.
Type:Bicycle Accident, Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
14 (tie)
Amount:$2,000,000.00
Attorneys:John F. Denove, Alicia S. Curran, Kyle Tracy of Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett
Case:Rodriguez v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
14 (tie)
Amount:$2,000,000.00
Attorneys:Tigran Martinian, Arash Zabetian, Tom Vertanous of Martinian & Associates
Case:Vasquez v. 950 Gramercy, LLC
Type:Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Fall, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort
15
Amount:$1,900,000.00
Attorneys:Michael D. Herman of Herman Khan, PC
Case:Bonner v. Spargo
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
16 (tie)
Amount:$1,500,000.00
Attorneys:Brian S. Kabateck, Katherine A. Bruce of Kabateck LLP; Sanjiv N. Singh of Sanjiv N. Singh, A Professional Law Corp.
Case:Hickman v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Government Negligence, Murder, Wrongful Death, Child Abuse, Failure to Protect, Failure to Report, Negligent Tort, Child Protection
16 (tie)
Amount:$1,500,000.00
Attorneys:Judd Allen, Brian Beecher, Arash Khorsandi of The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi, PC
Case:Alvarenga v. Muniain
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
17
Amount:$1,200,000.00
Attorneys:Haytham Faraj, Katherine Melik‐Stepanyan of Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley
Case:Tapia, et al. v. State of California
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Failure to Maintain, Negligent Tort
18
Amount:$1,033,824.00
Attorneys:Steven J. Weinberg of McCune Wright Arevalo LLP
Case:Estate of Levey v. Faculty Physicians and Surgeons of Loma Linda University Health Sciences Center
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Erroneous Treatment, Negligent Tort
19
Amount:$1,025,000.00
Attorneys:Dale K. Galipo, Hang D. Le of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo
Case:K.L. v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Due Process Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, False Arrest, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Denial of Medical Care, Police Brutality, Failure to Train, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Paul R. Kiesel, Mariana A. McConnell of Kiesel Law LLP
Case:Garcia v. A&G Trucking LLC
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Negligent Supervision, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Hiring, Emotional Distress, Negligent Entrustment, Multi-Vehicle Accident, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Negligent Retention
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Arin Khodaverdian of Alpine Law Group, P.C.
Case:Pedestrian v. Truck Driver
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
20 (tie)
Amount:$1,000,000.00
Attorneys:Dale K. Galipo, Renee V. Masongsong of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo; Jaime A. Leanos of Morales & Leanos
Case:Estate of Alvarez v. City of Gilroy
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, False Arrest, Gunshot Wound, Denial of Medical Care, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
21
Amount:$950,000.00
Attorneys:Mark S. Algorri, Patrick Nolan of DeWitt Algorri & Algorri ; Candice McGurk Bond, Scott Aval, Breanne J. Reguly of Bond & Taylor LLP
Case:Estate of Chatman v. City of Los Angeles
Type:Bicycle Accident, Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Premises Liability, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Failure to Maintain, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
22
Amount:$925,000.00
Attorneys:Dawn L. Hassell, Judy Graziano of The Hassell Law Group, P.C.
Case:Goulis-Nijessen v. San Mateo County Transit District
Type:Bus Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
23
Amount:$800,000.00
Attorneys:K. Chike Odiwe, DeWitt M. Lacy of Law Offices of John L. Burris
Case:Diaz, et al. v. County of Ventura
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
24 (tie)
Amount:$750,000.00
Attorneys:Patricia A. Law of Law Offices of Patricia A. Law
Case:Estate of Badalyan v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Delayed Treatment, Failure to Diagnose, Government Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Refer, Negligent Tort
24 (tie)
Amount:$750,000.00
Attorneys:Alireza Taheripour of Law Offices of Ali Taheripour; Leslie T. Zador of Law Offices of Leslie T. Zador
Case:Schwab v. Rambla Vista Enterprises, LLC, et al.
Type:Business Liability, Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Fall, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort
24 (tie)
Amount:$750,000.00
Attorneys:Siamak Vaziri, David C. Shay of Vaziri Law Group
Case:Estate of Moon v. City of Los Angeles
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
25
Amount:$700,000.00
Attorneys:James L. Hudgens of James L. Hudgens, APC; Robert C. Chandler of Chandler Law Firm
Case:Estate of Calderon v. USA, et al.
Type:Failure to Diagnose, Government Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Surgical Error, Failure to Monitor, Anesthesia Error, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
26
Amount:$625,000.00
Attorneys:Diane M. Corwin of Law Offices of Diane M. Corwin; John F. Denove of Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Hapuarachy
Case:Estate of Sanders v. Community Hospital of San Bernardino, et al.
Type:Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
27
Amount:$531,000.00
Attorneys:Scott A. Ritsema, Brian D. Chase of Bisnar Chase; Robin Jacobs, Dawn Ly of Law Office of Robin Jacobs Inc.
Case:Lucero v. Mehta
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Entrustment, Multi-Vehicle Accident, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability
28 (tie)
Amount:$500,000.00
Attorneys:Ronald Yoosefian of Yoosefian Law Firm, P.C.
Case:Estate of Arias v. Johnson, et al.
Type:Failure to Warn, Motor Vehicle Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Strict Liability, Design Defect
28 (tie)
Amount:$500,000.00
Attorneys:Arin Khodaverdian of Alpine Law Group, P.C.
Case:Estate of Pedestrian v. Driver
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
28 (tie)
Amount:$500,000.00
Attorneys:Arin Khodaverdian of Alpine Law Group, P.C.
Case:Estate of Pedestrian v. Driver
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
29
Amount:$415,000.00
Attorneys:Kenneth M. Sigelman, Andrew R. Chivinski of Kenneth M. Sigelman & Associates
Case:Estate of Ghosh v. Palomar Health, et al.
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Anesthesia Error, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
30 (tie)
Amount:$400,000.00
Attorneys:Nicholas C. Rowley, Stephen K. McElroy, Josh M. Dowell of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley LLP; Chris A. Allgreen of McMahon & Allgreen
Case:Estate of Rubaloff v. State of California, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Failure to Maintain, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
30 (tie)
Amount:$400,000.00
Attorneys:Jorge Gonzalez of Jorge Gonzalez, A Professional Corporation
Case:Estate of West, et al. v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Due Process Violation, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, False Arrest, Denial of Medical Care, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
31
Amount:$320,000.00
Attorneys:Benjamin T. Ikuta of Hodes Milman LLP
Case:Minor Plaintiffs v. HMO
Type:Business Liability, Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
32
Amount:$300,000.00
Attorneys:Neil M. Howard of Law Office of Neil M. Howard
Case:Gomez v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Delayed Childbirth, Government Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Ob-Gyn Malpractice, Negligent Tort
33
Amount:$280,000.00
Attorneys:Benjamin T. Ikuta of Hodes Milman Liebeck
Case:Plaintiff v. Hospital
Type:Delayed Childbirth, Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Emotional Distress, Ob-Gyn Malpractice, Negligent Tort
34
Amount:$220,000.00
Attorneys:John M. Kremer of Law Offices of John M. Kremer
Case:Estate of Harmon v. Kasko, et al.
Type:Failure to Diagnose, Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Surgical Error, Medication Error, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
35
Amount:$150,000.00
Attorneys:Rolando J. Gutierrez of Gutierrez Law Group APLC
Case:Estate of Miramontes v. County of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Failure to Diagnose, Government Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Medication Error, Negligent Tort
36
Amount:$110,000.00
Attorneys:Neal S. Metler of MacArthur, Heder & Metler PLLC
Case:Aitui v. Irick
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Entrustment, DUI, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Single-Vehicle Accident
37
Amount:$100,000.00
Attorneys:Peter H. Liederman, Karen Matcke Crosby of Law Office of Karen Matcke Crosby
Case:Estate of Gonzalez v. Semerena
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
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Note: Settlements below $100,000 have not been included to the list.

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