Verdicts and Settlements

Some of Carlson & Johnson's recent verdicts and settlements include:

TRUCK v AUTOMOBILE: PULMONARY INJURIES
Isenberg v. Anheuser Busch, Inc., et al., Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC367926

Loree Isenberg was a front seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a Budweiser truck. The truck driver swerved into oncoming traffic when a bee flew into his cab. Defendants claimed that the truck driver wasn't negligent because of the emergency situation that the bee caused. Carlson & Johnson filed the lawsuit and prosecuted the case through trial.

$4,532,771.00 - Jury Verdict


PRODUCT LIABILITY - RENTAL CAR: LEG INJURY
Christian v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. RCV37280


Mr. Christian was on leave from the U.S. Marine Corps. and rented a vehicle from Defendants. The vehicle got a flat tire and Mr. Christian pulled over in the center median of the freeway. While changing tire he was struck by another vehicle. Carlson & Johnson filed a lawsuit alleging that the rental vehicle had a pre-existing dent in the rim that caused the tire to deflate. Defendants argued that the vehicle struck an object in the freeway that caused the flat tire and the driver that struck Mr. Christian was the sole cause of the accident.

$1,110,000.00 - Jury Verdict


MULTIPLE SEMI TRUCK REAR END ACCIDENT: NECK INJURY
McRaney v. PCH Enterprises, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. NC029658

Timothy McRaney was a cement truck driver when he was involved in a 5 semi truck rear-end accident on the freeway. Defendants all pointed the finger at each other and said Mr. McRaney had degenerative disc disease that caused the necessity for a cervical fusion 2 years later. Carlson & Johnson filed a lawsuit against all 4 drivers.

$925,000.00 - Settlement


TRUCK v PEDESTRIAN: WRONGFUL DEATH OF 8 YEAR OLD BOY
Doe Mother v. Doe Delivery Truck, Case Confidential due to settlement terms

An 8 year old boy was struck by a truck while he was fixing his bike in the street in front of his house. Defendants contended that the boy was at fault along with his mother for not supervising her son. Carlson & Johnson filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

$780,000.00 - Confidential Settlement


TRUCK v. AUTOMOBILE: NECK & BACK INJURY
Shepherd v. Saribekyan, et al., San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. CVBS700046

Ronald Shepherd was traveling on the freeway late at night when he heard a noise coming from his engine. He slowed down to hear the noise when he noticed a big rig closing in on him from behind. When he realized the truck wasn't slowing down, Mr. Shepherd tapped his brakes to alert the truck driver. He was rear-ended. Defendants contended that Mr. Shepherd slowed down on the freeway because he fell asleep and when he woke up he slammed on his brakes causing the accident. Carlson & Johnson filed suit.

(2010) $700,000.00 - Settlement


PRODUCT LIABILITY - MACHINE: HAND INJURY
Quevedo v. Zuellig Botanicals, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. TC020032

Carlos Quevedo was injured by a milling machine (airlock) device that was manufactured in the 1970s. Mr. Quevedo got his hand stuck in the machine and suffered a "de-gloving" hand injury. Carlson & Johnson filed a lawsuit against a company Butler Manufacturing Company that purchased the company in the 1990s.

$500,000.00 - Settlement


TRUCK v. MINI VAN: LEG INJURIES
Rodriguez, et al. v. HASA, Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC386674

Edith Rodriquez was traveling down a street in Anaheim, California with her two children when she was cut off by a semi truck turned into a driveway in front of her. Mrs. Rodrizuez rear-ended the semi truck as it was entering the driveway. The Anaheim Police Department determined that Mrs. Rodriquez was the cause of the accident. Carlson & Johnson filed suit on behalf of Mrs. Rodriquez and her two minor children. Carlson & Johnson through extensive discovery were able to show that it was the truck driver that was at fault. Through expert witnesses Carlson & Johnson proved that when the semi truck went to turn into the driveway he pulled into the lane to the left (fast lane) before turning.

(2009) $430,000.00 - Settlement


AUTOMOBILE v. PEDESTRIAN: HEAD INJURY/PARTIAL LOSS OFF TASTE
Baheza v. FMG, Inc., et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC386673

Silvia Baheza was crossing the street in Orange County when she was struck by an automobile driven by one of the defendants. Ms. Baheza was knocked down and suffered a head injury that caused her to lose some of her ability to taste and smell. The defendants claimed that Ms. Baheza was faking her injuries. Carlson & Johnson filed a lawsuit against the driver and his company.

$400,000.00 - Settlement


AUTOMOBILE v. AUTOMOBILE: NECK INJURY
DeAngelis v. Groux, et al., Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2008 00114421

Carolyn DeAngelis was rear-ended on the freeway. The damage to Ms. DeAngelis' vehicle was only $600.00 and she was able to drive away from the scene and continuing working. Ms. DeAngelis subsequently began to suffer neck pain and began treating. Defendant claimed that the force was insufficient to cause any injuries and Ms. DeAngelis had a pre-existing injury (neck surgery) that was causing her pain. Carlson & Johnson filed a lawsuit against the driver.

$390,000.00 - Settlement


AUTO v MOTORCYCLE: NECK INJURY
Jason Harrison v. Loretta Walker, Case not filed due to quick settlement.

Jason Harrison was traveling southbound on a motorcycle on Beach Blvd. Was a vehicle driven by Ms. Walker turned left directly in front of Mr. Harrison. Defendants contended that Mr. Harrison was speeding at that was the cause of the accident. Carlson & Johnson threatened to file a lawsuit if Hartford Insurance Company did not pay its policy limits.

$300,000.00 - Policy Limit Settlement


REAR END FREEWAY ACCIDENT: NECK INJURY
Hastings v. Do, Orange County Superior Court Case No. 01CC16364

Jon Hastings was driving to work when the freeway came to a sudden stop when he was rear-ended by another vehicle driven by Mr. Do. The defendant denied he was responsible and claimed that it was very foggy that morning and Mr. Hastings did not have his taillights on. Mr. Hastings demanded the $100,000.00 policy limits from Mr. Do's insurance company. The insurance company offered him $30,000.00. Carlson & Johnson took the case to trial in front of a jury and obtained a verdict in the amount of $137,457.00. The insurance company paid more than the policy limits to their client.

$137,457.00 - Jury Verdict


ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING ACCIDENT: EYE INJURY
Daniel Doe Minor v. Leonard E., Case not filed due to quick settlement

Daniel was a minor over at his friends garage when a BB gun was brought out. As the children began to play with the gun it discharged and struck Daniel in the eye. The insurance company first blamed the boy for playing around with the gun. Daniel's father hired Carlson & Johnson who quickly settled the claim for the policy limits.

Confidential Policy Limit Settlement


AUTOMOBILE PRODUCT LIABILITY/STABILITY & ROOF CRUSH: WRONGFUL DEATH
Doe Heirs v. Doe Vehicle Manufacturer, Case Confidential due to settlement terms

The heirs to this lawsuit lost their father in a single vehicle roll over accident that happened on the freeway. Carlson & Johnson filed a lawsuit on behalf of the heirs against the vehicle manufacturer alleging design defects that included stability issues and crash-worthiness.

Confidential Settlement


TIRE DEFECT - PRODUCT LIABILITY: WRONGFUL DEATH
Doe Heirs v. Doe Tire Manufacturer, Case Confidential due to settlement terms

The heirs hired Carlson & Johnson to brings claims against a tire manufacturer for the death of their relative from a tire separation accident. Doe tire manufacturer blamed the deceased driver for not being able to control the vehicle and claimed that the tire was abused and not maintained properly.

Confidential Settlement


TIRE DEFECT - CAUSING VEHICLE ACCIDENT: NECK & BACK INJURIES
Doe Injured v. Doe Tire Manufacturer, Case Confidential due to settlement terms

A husband and wife were driving home when another vehicle had one of its tires separate causing that vehicle to lose control and strike Does vehicle causing serious injuries. Carlson & Johnson filed claims against both the negligent driver and tire manufacturer of the other vehicles tires.

Confidential Settlement


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