The following are samples of recent settlements we procured on behalf of our clients. While no one can guarantee any results in a particular case, these settlements provide samples of the types of claims we handle and our successes at Weber & Nierenberg.
We represented a 76-year-old whose car was rear-ended by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus. The bus driver was intoxicated, and our investigation revealed that the driver had an extensive substance abuse problem and prior accident history. The accident severed our client’s spinal cord and left him a T-5 paraplegic. The settlement included enough money to provide him with the needed life care prognosticated by our experts.
We represented the family of an 8-year-old who drowned during her swim class at a public pool in Contra Costa County. We proved to the defendant that the drowning would not have occurred if the pool staff had followed their stated protocols for pool safety. The settlement included a memorial established in honor of our clients’ daughter.
We represented the surviving husband and two college-age children of a 50 year-old woman who was crossing the street within a crosswalk, when she was struck and killed by a SamTrans bus. We were able to negotiate the settlement after a year of litigation.
We represented the surviving husband and two adult children of a 56-year-old who was crossing the street within a crosswalk when she was struck and killed by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus. After one and a half years of litigation, Muni admitted liability and settled the lawsuit.
Our 36-year-old client was lawfully driving his motorcycle on I-80 near Hayward when a commuter van suddenly and without warning changed lanes into him, striking his motorcycle and foot. The defendant claimed that our client was speeding because he looked in his rear-view mirror and never saw our client. Our motorcycle expert reconstructed the accident and helped us prove our client wasn’t speeding. Our client suffered a severe foot fracture, requiring surgery and a career change.
We represented a 12-year-old Milpitas girl against the city of Milpitas and a general contractor for constructing a mid-block signalized pedestrian crossing but failing to warn pedestrians that the signal lights weren’t yet functional and to not yet use the crossing. Our client was struck by a van while crossing mid-block and suffered a traumatic brain injury. In deposition, a city employee working on the project admitted that she knew before the accident that the non-functioning crossing would be a problem but that she did nothing to correct it.
Our 30-year-old client from Vallejo was driving his motorcycle slightly above the speed limit when a slow-moving backhoe in front of him moved partially into the shoulder and then started turning left in front of our client, causing him to lay down his motorcycle, fracture his back and injure his spinal cord, which required spinal fusions at two vertebral levels. The adverse party predictably argued that our client was going at an excessive speed, but our expert motorcycle accident reconstructionist proved otherwise.
We represented a 29-year-old tow truck driver from Vacaville who was struck by a car while he was hooking up a tow behind it. Our client suffered a severe crush and degloving injury to his leg, requiring multiple surgeries. The car driver had only $50,000 insurance, and when she passed away before the lawsuit settled, her estate added $120,000. We made an underinsured motorist claim against our client’s employer’s automobile uninsured/underinsured motorist policy and received an additional $950,000 for him.
Our firm represented a 42-year-old who was walking on the sidewalk when she was struck in the back of the head and neck by equipment protruding from the bed of a passing pick-up truck. We claimed that the client suffered neck and traumatic brain injuries, causing an extended disability.
We represented a 29-year-old Muni bus passenger who was lifted from his seat by the bus driver and tossed out the front doors onto the street. The driver claimed that when our client placed his fare in the box, he hit the driver’s hand. Our investigation discovered that the bus driver was a convicted violent felon with a history of allegedly attacking other Muni patrons. Our client suffered a fractured wrist and thumb and significant psychological injury.
In this medical malpractice case, we represented the wife and children of a man who complained to his primary care physician for a year of upper respiratory infections and bronchitis. The physician failed to order needed tests or refer the patient to the necessary specialists, who could have revealed that he had leukemia.
We represented a 69-year-old who was exposed to carbon monoxide when his homebuilder failed to glue a radiant heating system flue exhaust pipe. Our client suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury and depression.
We represented the adult children of a 78-year-old who was pushing a shopping cart at a retail store when she tripped on merchandise left in the aisle and broke her hip. During surgery to repair her hip, she suffered a stroke, which led to her death. The case settled the day before trial was to begin.
We represented a 70-year-old who was a passenger in a car driven by her husband when they were rear-ended at high speed. Our client suffered bilateral jaw fractures, requiring her entire mouth to be reconstructed.
We represented a 41-year-old who, while driving, was struck by a car that ran a red light at an intersection. She suffered spinal disc injuries not requiring surgery.
Our client, a 37-year-old plumber and pipefitter, was working inside a trailer when a forklift operator lost control of his forklift and slammed into the trailer. Our client suffered post-concussion syndrome and injuries to his knees, face, teeth, neck and back.
We represented a 24-year-old who was a seatbelted passenger in a Mercedes. The driver started racing a BMW and sent the Mercedes out of control, colliding with the BMW, striking a tree and splitting in half. Our client suffered internal injuries to his small bowel and sigmoid colon as well as psychological injury.
We represented a 25-year-old who was struck by a left-turning automobile in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district. The defendant automobile driver claimed that the motorcycle was speeding. Our client suffered facial fractures and a traumatic brain injury when his helmet flew off his head at impact.
We represented a 34-year-old who was the passenger on a motorcycle struck by a car that ran a red light. All of her physical injuries were of the soft-tissue type. We claimed that the accident caused our client severe psychological injury that required psychiatric hospitalization.
Our client was a 63-year-old who was walking in a crosswalk in Berkeley when she was struck by a car making a left turn. She suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear of her right knee, which necessitated surgical repair, and a back injury.
Our 25-year-old client was commuting home from work when a semi rear-ended his car. The truck driver claimed that our client cut in front of him. Our client suffered a bulging disc in his back that required surgery.
We helped a 51-year-old who tripped over a wire placed by an antenna installer across a marked walkway on the defendant property owner’s rooftop. The installer and building owner didn’t place any signs, barriers or warnings for the tripping hazard. Our client suffered a severe shoulder injury, requiring surgery that left him with residual shoulder limitations.
We assisted a 42-year-old who was driving her motorcycle on a country road when a car pulled out from a stop sign, causing her to drive her motorcycle into a ditch to avoid a collision. She fractured her wrist, which developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy, necessitating extensive medical treatment to regain function.
Our 35-year-old client was driving her car on a Sonoma County road when a tree branch fell through her windshield, causing her to lose control of her car and strike a tree. The county claimed that it knew the branch needed to be cut down but that it didn’t have the funding for the maintenance. Our client suffered a fractured finger and partial amputation of the fingertip.
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