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Trial Verdicts

HART adv. HENRY:  Washoe County Case No.  Plaintiff awarded $12,048 in arbitration for soft tissue injury after extended gap in treatment after a minor accident of $800 property damage.  Liability admitted.  Plaintiff accumulated 10 months of treatment and approximate medical specials of $5,000.  Defense had chiropractic expert to limit reasonable damages at $2,000 and served a pretrial offer of judgment for $3,001.  JURY VERDICT:  Defense Verdict.

FARMERS adv. PRICE: Carson City District Court Case No.   Plaintiffs alleged wrongful death and bodily injury in a first party claim involving a motor vehicle accident that occurred on US 395 and Stephanie Road.  Defendant argued liability and offsets against the bodily injury claim.  JURY VERDICT: Defense Verdict on wrongful death claim and $35,000 for injury claim beyond offset.

COX COMMUNICATIONS adv. NICK:  Clark County District Court Case No.: A542322. Plaintiff, a limousine driver, was parked alongside of road allowing his customers to take photos of the World Market downtown.  Defendant driver, Franco, a Cox Communications employee, passed the plaintiff's parked limousine while plaintiff attempted to squeeze through the Cox vehicle and the limousine to enter the front driver's side limousine door.  The Cox side mirror struck the plaintiff's elbow which necessitated a surgical opinion.  Cox defended and argued liability that the plaintiff should not have been parked on the side of the road and plaintiff saw the Cox vehicle approaching.  Plaintiff asked for medical specials and future surgery of $29,000 plus pain and suffering.  JURY TRIAL:  Jury out 5 minutes and returned Defense Verdict.

CRANNEY & JACK SERDAR PLUMBING adv. BYRGE:   Salt Lake City.  Plaintiff was traveling in a center turn lane crossing an intersection with defendant Cranney, an employee of Jack Serdar Plumbing, was attempting to make a left-hand turn from a stop sign crossing into the intersection.  Defendant Cranney was blocked by a vehicle that permitted him to cross stopped traffic.  The accident occurred and plaintiff claimed injury to his low back resulting in 2 low back fusions and a subsequent surgery to open the foramina.  Plaintiff claimed 840k in medical specials and wage loss.  Defendant argued liability in that plaintiff was not paying attention to his surroundings and that the incident did not cause the low back problem.  Before trial defendants served an offer of judgment for $500,000.  Plaintiff asked for 2 million at trial.  JURY TRIAL: Jury out 2 hours and rendered a DEFENSE VERDICT.

PRIMER adv. SANCHEZ:  Clark County District Court Case No.:  A555663.   Plaintiff was rear ended by defendant.  Defendant claimed plaintiff slammed on his brakes because of pedestrians that crossed Maryland Parkway in front of the cars in front of the plaintiff causing all vehicles to abruptly apply their brakes.  Plaintiff argued that he was able to stop in time when the car in front of him slammed on his brakes and thus defendant should have been able to stop.  Plaintiff claimed neck injuries resulting in $23,000 in medical specials which included epidural injections.  Defendant argued liability and that the treatment was unreasonable.  Plaintiff sought $45,000 in closing.  Defendant argued liability.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.  Jury out 15 minutes.

RIO HOTEL & CASINO ADV. ESCOBAR    Clark County District Court Case No.:  A519980. Plaintiff, a visitor to the Rio Hotel, claimed that he bumped into a mirror on the wall which caused the mirror to fall apart cutting the plaintiff's hand requiring stitches and causing a scar.  Defendant claimed plaintiff had been intoxicated and that the mirror did not fall but plaintiff hit the mirror harder than he claims.  Plaintiff sought $35,000.  Defendant requested the jury defense case on liability.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

COE adv. CENTENO:  Clark County District Court Case No.: A510230.  Plaintiff was T-boned by the defendant who stipulated to liability.  Defendant was in a coma for two weeks as result of incident.  Plaintiff injured his low back and neck and had a fusion to each area with a subsequent spinal cord stimulator.  Plaintiff alleged could no longer work after the incident and boarded for the jury over $3 million in specials.  Defendant argued that the surgery was not necessary and there was no evidence of traumatic injury on the MRIs.  Defendant also argued plaintiff could work but has chosen not to work.  Plaintiff during closing asked the jury to award between $12 million and $13 million.  Defendant asked the jury to award the plaintiff for the first 3 months of treatment and award $26,000.  Defendant offered 1 million the first day of trial (before the start of trial). JURY TRIAL:  AWARDED PLAINTIFF $36,000.

SUTHERLAND adv. WILLIAMS:  Clark County District Court Case No.:  A495871.  Plaintiff, a pedestrian, was struck by defendant's vehicle as plaintiff attempted to cross an intersection.  Plaintiff claimed she was crossing within a crosswalk and that defendant failed to pay attention.  As a result, plaintiff was thrown onto defendant's vehicle and then thrown off fracturing her tailbone.  Defendant argued plaintiff was outside of any crosswalk and that when defendant arrived to the intersection plaintiff was not present.  Defendant further argued that plaintiff should have waited to cross the intersection.  Plaintiff asked the jury during closing to award $80,000.  Defendant requested a defense verdict.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

ALL POINTS TOWING adv. RANKING:  Washoe County District Court Case No.: CV06 01886.  Plaintiff, mother of 4, was struck by defendant's large van when the brakes failed to work.  Plaintiff's vehicle was pushed up and onto curb.  As a result, plaintiff claimed the need for cervical fusion, which was ultimately performed.  Defendant driver and company stipulated to liability but contested causation of the cervical fusion.  Defendant argued that based on the MRI and medical records the injury was only a soft tissue injury but if the surgery were related defendant asked for a reasonable amount to be awarded.  Plaintiff asked the jury for 1.1 million.  Prior to trial defendant offered $250,000.  JURY TRIAL:  AWARDED PLAINTIFF $100, 443.

HORTON adv. POSAS: Clark County District Court Case No.: A462214.  Plaintiff was rear ended by defendant and claimed injuries to her neck and low back.  Dr. James Thomas performed lumbar surgery and plaintiff had opinion as to future lumbar fusion and neck fusion.  The defendant claimed plaintiff slammed on her brakes for a pedestrian causing the accident.  The defendant also alleged that plaintiff's injuries were not from the incident in question but rather a prior accident and a subsequent incident.  Plaintiff sought $2.67 million.  Defendant asked the jury to return a defense verdict.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

THURGOOD adv. FLORE:  Clark County District Court Case No.: A525685.  Short Trial. Judge James Armstrong.  Plaintiff argued soft tissue injuries caused by defendant while walking in a bank parking lot and hit by defendant's vehicle.  The defendant argued liability by stating plaintiff should have seen defendant backing up.  Plaintiff claimed $4500.00 in soft tissue injuries.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

GONZALEZ adv. HARDING:  Clark County District Court Case No.: A492196.  Plaintiff argued that defendant motorcyclist caused a chain reaction causing the plaintiff to slam on his brakes and rearended a vehicle in front of the plaintiff and then causing the an unknown vehicle to rear end the plaintiff.  Defendant argued plaintiff caused his own accident, plaintiff was not credible, and that plaintiff was in a one-ton truck and accident was too minor to cause any injury.  Plaintiff claimed permanent disability and need for Lumbar fusion surgery.  Economic damages were in excess of $1.6 million. Prior to litigation, plaintiff demanded defendant's policy limits of $15,000.  Defendant thereafter sought to tender policy but was rejected by plaintiff.  JURY TRIAL:  AFTER OPENING STATEMENT PLAINTIFF SOUGHT TO SETTLE FOR $15,000 POLICY LIMITS.

HARRAH'S HOTEL & CASINO adv. VAUGHAN:  Clark County District Court Case No.: A428477.   Plaintiff claimed assault by casino porter and sustained damages in excess of $24 million as plaintiff claimed she became paraplegic.  Defendant denied liability in that the assault never took place.   Plaintiff sought in excess of $24 million.  JURY TRIAL: DEFENSE VERDICT.

HAN adv. MOORE: Clark County District Court Case No.: A428477.    Plaintiff claimed injury as a result of defendant changing lanes and sideswiping car.  Plaintiff sought recovery for damages for soft tissue injuries and left shoulder injury in excess of $8,000.00.  Defendant asked the jury to award nothing as the plaintiff was not credible.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

ATC VANCOM (Bus Company) adv. GERALDO: Clark County District Court Case No.: A431018.   Plaintiff claimed injury from a bus v. car accident and vehicle plaintiff traveling in was totaled.  Plaintiff required fusion to low back.  Plaintiff's medical specials were $150,000.  Defense argued plaintiff was not credible and accident in question did not cause injuries. JURY TRIAL: DEFENSE VERDICT.

ATC VANCOM adv. JONES: Clark County District Court Case No.: A417602.  Plaintiff, passenger on Bus, claimed that bus driver suddenly accelerated causing plaintiff to be thrown forward head over heels to floor.  Plaintiff alleged she required vertebral fusion of spine.  Defendant denied liability and that incident was not driver's fault.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

REAGAN adv. WIRTH: Clark County District Court Case No.: A441697.   Plaintiff claimed the auto accident caused soft tissue injuries and that a ganglion cyst formed as a result of accident.  Defendant argued the impact was minor and that the plaintiff was not credible.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

LADUKE adv. TUTTLE: Clark County District Court Case No.: A441549.   Plaintiff claimed that rear end accident caused disability where plaintiff could not work, needed back surgery, and a cyst in back developed.  Defense argued at trial that the incident did not have enough force to injure plaintiff, that plaintiff was not credible and that plaintiff could work.  Plaintiff asked jury to award $250,000.  JURY TRIAL:  awarded plaintiff $2,700 and $5.00 (five dollars) in pain and suffering.  Defendant's Offer of Judgment was $35,000.

RUIZ ADV. WOODS: Clark County District Court Case No.: A395412.  Plaintiff crossing an intersection was struck by Defendant permanently deforming her left lower extremity.  Plaintiff claimed that the defendant did not have on her headlights.  Plaintiff asked the Jury to award $4.9 million.  Defense argued that plaintiff was jaywalking, intoxicated and she caused her own accident.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

ADAMS adv. ZIMMERMAN: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A438222.   Plaintiff was rear ended by defendant and claimed accident caused need for neck fusion surgery.  Defense argued that accident was minor and that plaintiff's claim was solely motivated by money.  Plaintiff asked the jury to award in excess of $500,000.  Defense argued to give plaintiff nothing.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

SCHLEEMAN adv. ALLGOOD: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A422223.    Plaintiff, who previously had 3 prior low back fusions, was rear ended by plaintiff and claimed the need for an additional surgery.  Defendant, in a larger SUV truck, accidentally rear ended plaintiff but claimed the impact was minor.  Plaintiff argued she was an eggshell and sought $1.2 million from the jury.  Defense argued that although plaintiff was injured the incident in question was too minor and something else caused her injuries.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

SHACKLETT adv. ARROYO: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A425831.   Plaintiff was rear ended by defendant and claimed soft tissue injuries and sought $10,000 in compensation.  Defendant claimed plaintiff stopped for no reason thereby creating a hazard.  Defense argued plaintiff was at fault and he should be awarded nothing.  JURY VERDICT:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

SPRINT adv. SECURITY GUARD: Clark County District Court Case No.: A461317.  Plaintiff claims that Sprint Phone Company negligently installed a phone system which caused a fire and destroyed plaintiff's business.  Sprint claims that plaintiff cannot meet the burden of proof that the fire was caused by the Sprint equipment.  Plaintiff sought damages of $1.3 million.  Sprint argued that the cause and origin could not be supported against Sprint.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

VANCOM adv. LEACH: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A434846.   Plaintiff, a passenger on Vancom Bus, claims bus stopped short without warning causing the plaintiff to fracture her arm.  Defense for the bus driver argued that a car cut off the bus driver and the driver did nothing wrong and acted in a prudent manner.  Plaintiff sought in excess of $50,000.  Defense asked for a verdict in favor of the defendant driver and Bus Company.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

ROBERTS adv. AJA: Churchill County Court Case No.:  29221.   Plaintiff homeowners claim that defendant's daughter, who was burning leaves, allowed a leaf to leave the burn and burn down plaintiff's home.  Defendant homeowners argued that the leaf did not cause the fire and that they were not responsible for the home burning down as they did not live in the home at the time.  Plaintiff sought in excess of $200,000.  Defense argued to the jury that the homeowners had no responsibility.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT FOR HOMEOWNERS.

MCCONVILLE adv. MOSTAAN: Washoe County District Court Case No. CV0300187.   Plaintiff was rear ended by defendant and claimed could not work as a result of continuing soft tissue injuries to neck and back.  Defendant argued that plaintiff was exaggerating and not credible.  Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $30,000.  Defendant requested jury award only $15,000.  JURY TRIAL:  AWARDED PLAINTIFF $12,000.  DEFENDANT BETTERED OFFER OF JUDGMENT OF $21,000.

ANDERT adv. KOEPKE: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A434878.   Plaintiff claimed injuries from rear end accident to neck and back.  Defendant admitted to accident but claimed plaintiff was exaggerating.  JURY TRIAL:  COURT GRANTED DEFENDANT'S DIRECTED VERDICT FOR PLAINTIFF FAILING TO PROVE CASE.

GULICK adv. MORRISON: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A425147.  Plaintiff rear ended by defendant and claimed soft tissue injuries.  Defendant claimed accident was extremely minor and there was insufficient force to cause injuries.  Plaintiff sought in excess of $75,000.  Defendant argued to give plaintiff nothing.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT

LAS VEGAS AUTO adv. JACKSON: Clark County District Court Case No.: A455466.   Plaintiff was t-boned in intersection at high rate of speed by defendant.  Defendant admitted to liability.  Plaintiff claimed debilitating injuries to neck, back and extremities and claimed closed head injury.  Plaintiff husband claimed loss of consortium.  Defense argued that plaintiff's claims were exaggerated and offered $50,000 and offered "0" to the plaintiff husband's loss of consortium claim.  Plaintiff asked jury to award over $900,000.00.  JURY TRIAL: AWARD PLAINTIFF HUSBAND "O" ON LOSS OF CONSORTIUM CLAIM AND $35,000 TO PLAINTIFF.  DEFENDANT BETTERED OFFER OF JUDGMENT OF $50,000.

MARTIN HARRIS CONSTRUCTION adv. RANIERI: Clark County District Court Case No.:  A401038.  Plaintiff claimed defendant was negligent for leaving sidewalk in unusable condition thereby causing plaintiff to fall requiring surgery to her neck (fusion).  Defendant argued that the alleged defect was open and obvious and plaintiff caused her own injury and that plaintiff simply was litigious.  Plaintiff sought in excess of $350,000.  Defense argued for a defense verdict on liability.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT.

KLEIN adv. DACEY: Clark County District Court Case No.: A423772B.  Plaintiff alleged he sustained neck and back injuries requiring low back surgery when he was rear ended by defendant.  Defendant argued that the impact was minor and no injuries were sustained.  Plaintiff had medical specials in excess of $50,000.  JURY TRIAL:  DEFENSE VERDICT

NON-TRIAL SUCCESSES

ELISEO GUTIERREZ adv. WILLIAM ASHBAUGH: Nevada Supreme Court Appeal 42833. Plaintiff alleged serious personal injuries following an automobile accident involving the defendant client's stolen vehicle. District Court dismissed plaintiff's case based upon defendant's motion for summary judgment, and Nevada Supreme Court upheld summary judgment on appeal.

COX COMMUNICATIONS adv. KAREN MEYER: Clark County District Court Case A470973. Plaintiff alleged serious personal injuries as a result of slip and fall accident involving debris left on the Vons bathroom floor by an employee of defendant client Cox Communications. District Court dismissed plaintiff case based upon defendant's motion for summary judgment.

COX COMMUNICATIONS adv. CAROL HOPKINS: Clark County District Court Case 492656. Plaintiff alleged property damage to residential home as a result of fire occurring at telephone pole in which defendant client Cox had cable lines. After defendant completed discovery, plaintiff dismissed case at arbitration hearing.

LAS VEGAS TROPICANA HOTEL adv. WILLIAM KESSLER: Federal District Court Case CV-S-1556-RCJ-PAL. Plaintiff sustained personal injuries as a result of a slipped and fell upon slippery hotel bathroom floor at defendant client Tropicana hotel. Federal Court dismissed plaintiff case based upon defendant's motion for summary judgment.

SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS OF NEVADA adv. LUIS QUINTINAR: Clark County District Court Case A452671. Plaintiff alleged property damage and loss of business as a result of defendant client Sprint van collision with commercial business establishment. Plaintiff dismissed case on eve of trial.

SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS OF NEVADA adv. CNA INSURANCE COMPANY: Clark County District Court Case A483259. CNA subrogation claim against defendant client Sprint for property damage to commercial building. Plaintiff dismissed case on eve of trial.

SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS OF NEVADA adv. NEVADA ONE MORTGAGE: Clark County Justice Court Case A002737. Plaintiff alleged economic damages to his mortgage business as a result of client defendant Sprint monthly telephone bill overcharges and a burglary resulting from Sprint's failure to connect alarm system. Justice Court dismissed plaintiff's case following a bench trial.

CLINTON WHITE adv. EKATRINA PENEVA: Clark County District Court Case A503812. Plaintiff alleged personal injuries resulting from two vehicle rearend accident involving defendant client. Plaintiff dismissed case following a defense arbitration award.

ALBERT RODRIQUEZ adv. LETICIA LOPEZ: Clark County District Court Case A500490. Plaintiff alleged serious personal injuries as a result of a solo motorcycle accident involving defendant client motorcycle driver. Arbitrator rendered defense award.

ATC/VANCOM adv. LAURA LISTA: Clark County District Court Case A420493. Plaintiff alleged serious personal injuries as a result of vehicle accident involving defendant client CAT bus. District Court dismissed plaintiff's case after plaintiff failed to bring case to trial.

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