case results

The plaintiff, age 78, suffered a traumatic brain injury when she tripped on a plate with a height differential of less than a quarter inch. The defense initially offered $450,000 and claimed it was their last and final offer. KB dove in head first and was not only able to defeat the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, but also obtain a $2,000,000 settlement against the public entity.

KB obtained a $1,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death action against an athletic facility. KB didn’t stop there and obtained another $582,000 from the various manufacturers and sellers of the defective athletic equipment that contributed to the incident.

$1,394,436

JURY VERDICT

Retaliation and Failure to Accommodate Disability After a two-week jury trial KB obtained this seven-figure verdict against the State of California for a Correctional Officer who sought a simple accommodation. Due to a medical condition making it difficult to close one eye, KB’s client asked to be stationed inside the prison on the one day per week he was usually stationed outside in direct sunlight. Defendant refused to accommodate his medical condition despite a doctor’s note, arguing that as a Correctional Officer the law required him to be able to work at every post in the prison. After the client filed a complained about the refusal to accommodate, the prison staff retaliated against him by claiming the client said he “might as well kill himself.” Despite having many internal options that were ignored, the lie about being suicidal was reported to police who involuntarily incarcerated KB’s client for 3 days in a psychiatric hospital. KB will be seeking approximately $1,000,000 in attorney’s fees and costs on top of the jury award.

$1,350,000

SLIP-AND-FALL

KB obtained a $1,350,000 settlement for our client who slipped and fell in beer in a supermarket. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries to her neck and back which required surgery. The defendants argued that the plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing and therefore could not have been caused by the incident. KB picked apart the defendant’s hired-gun doctors and resolved the case less than thirty days before trial.

$1,000,000

Confidential Settlement

KB obtained an award in federal court for up to 10,000 nationwide class members. Consumers from across the country purchased a brand name softball bat which cracked prematurely due to alleged design and manufacturing defects. KB also brought claims for breach of warranty based on the company’s refusal to refund the purchase price or give store credit. After 3 years of contested litigation, the resolution was approved by the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Our client, an unseatbelted backseat passenger in a ride share vehicle, was injured when another vehicle struck the door and launched her head into the window and door frame. At the time the case was referred to our office, the client had undergone minor surgery in the emergency room to remove glass from above her eye as well as some conservative treatment for persistent low back pain. Sensing that the client was still suffering from the lingering effects of traumatic brain damage and PTSD, we convinced the client to have a full neuropsychological evaluation to understand the full extent of her injuries before engaging in settlement negotiations. When the ride share company refused to accept liability and continued to undervalue the case, KB pushed the litigation all the way to the first day of trial to finally obtain a fair settlement for our client’s invisible, but life-altering, injuries.

KB obtained a gross settlement of $750,000 for a 21-year-old man who was thrown out of a late night party and landed on the sidewalk on his head. The client was extremely intoxicated with a BAC of .40 when he arrived at the hospital. Witnesses testified that the client started the altercation which resulted in him being tossed out on his head. The client had no memory of the altercation. The insurance company for the defendant claimed there was no insurance coverage available for the incident because the act was intentional. Nevertheless, KB focused on the accidental nature of the client landing on his head and the resulting brain injury to obtain this extremely favorable settlement.

KB obtained a $710,000 settled on behalf of the plaintiffs, ages 50, 38 and 1, who were passengers in a vehicle driving from San Bernardino to Las Vegas when the check-engine light came on. The driver of that vehicle quickly reduced the speed from 70 mph to 30 mph and attempted to merge across the highway from the fast lane to the outside shoulder. As he was doing so, the vehicle was rear-ended by a large commercial truck. The police report placed fault on both the commercial truck driver for traveling too fast/not being able to stop and the driver of the plaintiffs’ vehicle as all of the taillights were broken. One of the adult plaintiffs had a one level lumbar fusion recommendation and the other had three injections and no surgical recommendation. The minor plaintiff was seen by the pediatrician the next day and given a clean bill of health. The commercial truck defendant tried to place all of the blame on the driver of Plaintiffs’ vehicle. However, KB convinced the defendant that a jury would place the majority of the blame on the commercial truck driver. As such, the confidential commercial truck company paid $550,000 for the surgical plaintiff, $135,000 for the non-surgical plaintiff and $5,000 for the minor plaintiff.

The plaintiff, age 13, was riding his skateboard without a helmet in Newport Beach when he was struck by a vehicle exiting an alley. The police report was silent regarding loss of consciousness and he called his parents to pick him up before an ambulance arrived. The initial ER records were also silent regarding loss of consciousness and the CT was normal. The plaintiff suffered severe academic problems in the 12 months post-accident. The defense tried to argue that the academic problems were “because of COVID.” KB trial lawyers leveraged the academic problems as a way to measure the harm from the mTBI even though there were no objective signs of injury and the defense found social media posts of the plaintiff doing vigorous activity. The case resolved for $650,000.00, which was more than double the first offer.

The plaintiffs’ son obtained a synthetic drug from a high school classmate, and after consuming the drug, jumped off a bridge causing immediate death. However, before doing so, the plaintiffs’ son reached out to his classmates for help regarding his “bad trip.” The classmates dissuaded the plaintiffs’ son from calling 9-1-1 or seeking medical attention. KB sued the classmates and their parents on various negligence theories including interference with aid, and obtained the total amount of insurance available of $601,000.

$600,000

INMATE BEATING

Obtained a $600,000 settlement for the 3 children of Kirk Price, who was an inmate of the Orange County jail awaiting trial for attempted murder when he allegedly tried to shoot his business partner at their UFC gym. Mr. Price was brutally attacked by his cellmate and left paralyzed. He eventually died as a result from complications from his paralysis. We conducted aggressive and extensive discovery which revealed that Orange County jail guards intentionally ignored complaints from Mr. Price’s cellmate regarding his aggressive behavior and requests to be moved as a result. The county initially denied the allegations that the guards set up the attack, and questioned the strength of the relationship between Mr. Price and his children. Eventually, the county caved and paid each of Mr. Price’s children $200,000.

The plaintiff and his family were vacationing at a 5 star resort in the Caribbean. The plaintiff got up from his beach chair to adjust the seat back when the back of the chair suddenly slammed down and severed the tip of his finger. Despite the same chair at the same resort severing someone’s finger months earlier, the resort and the seller of the chair denied liability. The resort, and its owners, spent over 6 months fighting having to even appear in Los Angeles Superior Court due to the resort being an international LLC. After KB successfully litigated that issue, the resort and the seller agreed to a joint settlement of $550,000.

The plaintiff, a 33-year-old male, was running through a government-owned parking lot when he tripped over a hidden and dangerous metal wire used to separate two parking lots. On the eve of trial, the government entity paid KB’s final demand in order to avoid trial.

The plaintiff, a 45 year-old business owner, was making a left-hand turn on a green light when a tow truck that ran the red light struck the plaintiff’s vehicle directly behind the driver’s side door. The plaintiff incurred approximately $68,000 in medical bills and was recommended for spinal surgery but did not have the operation. Defendants argued that KB’s client’s back was so bad before the accident that he would have needed surgery regardless of the collision. After only 1 year of litigation, KB obtained the mediated settlement.

KB obtained $450,000 for a client who was injured when she slipped on water in the bathroom of a medical facility where she was working. The fall exacerbated a prior lumbar spine injury and resulted in surgery. Despite the defense disputing everything including whether the client actually fell, KB was able to leverage inconsistent deposition testimony from the cleaning staff to obtain this result.

$450,000

Unrestrained Passenger

KB obtained a $450,000 settlement for the client who was an unrestrained passenger in a vehicle. The plaintiff broke 3 fingers in his hand which caused permanent limited range of motion. He also suffered a cut on his forehead which required plastic surgery. The defense argued that the plaintiff would not have been injured had he worn his seat belt. We were able to prove that his hand injury would still have occurred if he was restrained due to the proximity of his hand to the dash as he was looking at this phone and leaning forward at the time of the crash.

In the face of three eyewitnesses testifying that the accident was caused by our client, KB obtained $400,000 for our client’s broken hand. KB was able to discredit the eyewitness testimony due to their physical location in relation to the accident such that there was no way they could have seen who caused the collision. KB leveraged the client’s inability to work on luxury motorcycles to obtain this favorable result.

KB client, age 83, tripped and fell on a loose electrical cord while attending a singing class at a senior center. As a result of the fall, she suffered a broken hip which required 2 surgeries including a complete hip replacement and were all paid by MediCare. Despite no eyewitnesses to the incident or pictures of the cord, KB was able to expose the municipalities complete lack of due care regarding the safety of elderly patrons at the senior center. The case settled a month before trial for $355,000.

$295,000

Car Accident

KB obtained a $295,000 settlement for an individual hit by a City of Los Angeles tree trimming truck. The driver of the truck claimed throughout the case that he was driving straight and the firm’s client hit his vehicle. However, we were able to expose the driver’s lies when he was deposed using photographs taken from the scene of the incident. Client suffered a back injury and a future surgical recommendation.

The plaintiff, a 20-year-old sports agent, was in Scottsdale, Arizona for spring training. After leaving the bars, the plaintiff, along with a friend, jumped into a golf cart taxi for a ride home. The driver of the taxi made an illegal left turn causing the plaintiff to be thrown from the golf cart onto the street. The plaintiff’s BAC at the time of the incident was .22. The driver of the golf cart denied making an illegal left turn and contended that the plaintiff jumped out of the golf cart on his own. KB picked apart the driver’s story and received the policy limits on both the owner’s commercial auto insurance and the driver’s personal auto policy.

KB was able to obtain the full policy limits for an elderly client struck in a parking lot by a slowly reversing vehicle. The defendant blamed our client and argued that she darted into the parking lot before he could appreciate her presence. KB convinced the insurance company that this argument would not do well in front of a jury and within 7 months of the accident obtained the full amount of available insurance.

$250,000

Spine Injury

KB obtained a $250,000 settlement for a client who suffered severe spine injuries after being rear-ended by the defendant. Prior to KB being retained on the case, the most the insurance company offered was $50,000. KB was able to expose the lies in the defendant’s story regarding how the incident occurred to force the insurance company to pay the full policy limits.

The plaintiff was riding his motorcycle on the freeway when the defendant abruptly changed lanes. The plaintiff, who was lane splitting, ran into the rear of the defendant’s vehicle at less than 15 mph sustaining minor damage to his motorcycle. Despite not seeking treatment for over 7 months, it was eventually determined that the plaintiff suffered a torn rotator cuff which required surgery. Total past medical specials were approximately $45,000. KB obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $250,000.

$250,000

UIM Arbitration

KB obtained a UM arbitration award against Allstate for the full remaining policy limits of $230,000 after prior counsel obtained $20,000 and asked for our help in obtaining the rest. Despite the significant rear end impact, Allstate offered $6,700 for the majority of the case arguing their 10-year insured vehicle had preexisting conditions. The client did have a host of pre-accident neck and back pain which required a blockade of pain management injections (i.e. her entire spine), the last of which occurred only 8 months prior to the collision. However, we argued that the accident aggravated her condition causing her to experience new symptoms and required new treatment as the same pre-collision injections did not provide the same relief. We ignored their increased offer of $35,000 and pushed the case into arbitration.

KB client received $248,000 for a workplace injury when a shelving unit installed by a construction company tipped forward and crushed him as he attempted to level it as requested by his employer. Despite arthroscopic surgery to repair his shoulder and clear lower back injuries as a result of
the incident, the defendant argued that the client was lying about the source of his injuries. In fact, the defense even attempted to argue that the KB client was also lying about his military service. Nevertheless, KB and, more importantly, the client held strong as the defendant settled less than a week before trial.

$225,000

Taxi Accident

KB obtained a $225,000 settlement for the back-seat passenger of a taxi cab who suffered a torn rotator cuff. The defense argued that the impact was not severe enough to cause the shoulder tear, the plaintiff was at fault because he was not wearing his seat-belt, and distracted the driver of the cab by handing him the location of his destination on his phone. We dove into the case and defeated all of these arguments including finding law indicating that back seat taxi passengers do not need to wear seat-belts.

A family of four obtained $195,000 in a heavily contested dog bite case. The plaintiff, age 7, and his mom, were attacked by a neighbor’s dog while playing outside their home in Santa Ana. Their daughter/sister, age 3, witnessed the attack on her brother and mother. KB was able to obtain psychological therapy for the entire family, including the father/dad, and plastic surgery for mom’s scaring on her forearms. KB exposed the fallacy behind defendants’ adamant claims that mom and son had provoked the attack, and the mom was untruthful about how the attack occurred.

$180,000

Un-insured Motorist

KB obtained a gross settlement of $180,000 for a woman who was rear-ended on the freeway. As a result of the incident, the client, age 76, exacerbated a long standing knee injury. The exacerbation resulted in a total knee replacement which the defense argued was inevitable due to the client’s advanced age and pre-existing knee injury. In order to obtain this favorable settlement, KB first obtained the driver’s complete insurance of $15,000 and collected the remaining $165,000 from the client’s Under-Insured Motorist policy.

$120,000

Assault Settlement

The plaintiff was extremely intoxicated at a bar and was verbally assaulting the bartender. The bartender responded by grabbing a mini baseball bat and smashing the plaintiff’s finger. Medical bills totaled approximately $24,000 which included surgery. KB leveraged the bartender’s gross misconduct for a $120,000 settlement.

$100,000

Motorcycle v. Auto

While lane splitting on his motorcycle, our client struck the rear of the defendant’s truck while he exited the HOV lane. Despite claims that our client was speeding on his motorcycle, we obtained the full policy limits in only 5 months.

$100,000

Client Likely At-Fault

KB obtained the policy limits despite all indications that our client caused the accident. KB used the location of the vehicles after the incident to establish enough fault for the insurance company to not want to take the case to trial.

$100,000

Uninsured Motorist

Our client was struck by an uninsured motorist suffering a back injury. Our client’s insurance company claimed he only had a $25,000 policy despite previously having a $100,000 policy with the same insurer for an older vehicle. After 4 months of threatening a bad faith lawsuit, KB was able to prove he never authorized the enormous reduction of his policy. KB not only forced the carrier to reinstate his prior policy but obtained the full policy limits for the accident.

Our client received the full available policy limits when he was rear-ended in his work truck. The insurance company initially offered the client $5,000. KB got the case and immediately filed a lawsuit. The defense paid the policy in response to KB’s policy limits demand.

KB obtained the policy limits after the client was rear-ended on the freeway. The defense initially offered less than half of the client’s medical bills and argued that his knee injury was pre-existing. Nevertheless, KB pushed the case through litigation and the insurance company paid the policy limits.

$100,000

Car Accident Injury Settlement

The plaintiff, an 18-year-old female, was driving on a local surface street when she was t-boned by the defendant. The police report concluded that the plaintiff was at fault and the defendant’s insurance company initially offered $0. KB obtained the data recorder for the defendant’s vehicle which indicated the defendant was traveling almost twice the posted speed limit at the time of impact. The defendant’s insurance company paid the policy limit.

The plaintiff, a 67-year-old male, suffered minor injuries after being hit broadside by a driver running a red light. Although the plaintiff’s injuries on the day of the accident did not require immediate medical attention, KB was able to settle his claim pre-litigation for the policy limit after convincing the insurer that the plaintiff’s knee replacement 18 months later was related to the accident.