Broken Neck Leading to Wrongful Death
Decedent, age 20, spent the evening drinking alcohol with friends at the beach. One of the friends was a coach at a local athletic facility. On the way home at 2:00 a.m., the coach invited the group into the facility where she worked using her key. Decedent fell off uneven bars into a foam safety pit and broke his neck. Decedent spent three weeks in the hospital before dying from complications due to his quadriplegia. Decedent’s BAC at the time of the incident was .17. Defense counsel initially asked for a dismissal. However, DKB exposed the facility’s complete lack of safety policy and training, and attempt to destroy evidence related to the death of the Decedent. Defendant paid the $1,000,000.00 policy 30 days after the policy limits were disclosed in initial written discovery.
Tip off finger severed by lounge chair
Plaintiff and his family were vacationing at a 5 star resort in the Caribbean. 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 DKB successfully litigated that issue, the resort and the seller agreed to a joint settlement of $550,000.00.
Tripped on a Wire in a Government Parking Lot
Plaintiff, a 33-year-old male, was running through a government owned parking 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 DKB’s final demand in order to avoid trial.
Spinal Injury from T-Bone Car Accident
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 Plaintiff’s vehicle directly behind the driver’s side door. Plaintiff incurred approximately $68,000 in medical bills and was recommended for spinal surgery, but did not have the operation. Defendants argued that DKB’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, DKB obtained the mediated settlement.
Thrown from Golf Cart onto the Street
Plaintiff, a 20-year-old sports agent, was in Scottsdale, Arizona for spring training. After leaving the bars, 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 Plaintiff to be thrown from the golf cart onto the street. 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 Plaintiff jumped out of the golf cart on his. DKB picked apart the driver’s story and received the policy limits on both the owner’s commercial auto and the driver’s personal auto policy.
Minor Injuries Caused by T-Bone Car Accident
Plaintiff, an 18-year-old female, was driving on a local surface street when she was t-boned by Defendant. The police report concluded that the Plaintiff was at fault and the Defendant’s insurance company initially offered $0. DKB obtained the data recorder for Defendant’s vehicle which indicated Defendant was traveling almost twice the posted speed limit at the time of impact. Defendant’s insurance company paid the policy limit.
Minor Injuries from a Driver Who Ran a Red Light
Plaintiff, a 67-year-old male, suffered minor injuries after being hit broadside by a driver running a red light. Although Plaintiff’s injuries on the day of the accident did not require immediate medical attention, DKB was able to settle his claim pre-litigation for the policy limit after convincing the insurer that Plaintiff’s knee replacement 18 months later was related to the accident.
Broken Wrist in Nationwide Department Store
Plaintiff, a 32-year-old female, tripped and fell over a shopping cart placed behind her by a store clerk of a nationwide department store. She suffered a broken wrist that did not require surgery. DKB leveraged the employee’s gross violation of company policy and resolved the claim.
Misclassification of employee & failure to pay overtime
Defendant business terminated Plaintiff employee offering only a small severance package. Plaintiff initially sought advice from DKB whether or not to accept the meager severance. Upon review and analysis of Plaintiff’s job duties, DKB determined that Plaintiff was misclassified as an exempt employee and owed substantial overtime wages. DKB quickly obtained this pre-litigation confidential settlement in less than three (3) months.