Municipal Liability Case Results

Lattanzi v City of Los Angeles Settlement during trial: $6.7 Million

Premises Liability case involving a bicycle rider who fell over an unguarded curb and retaining wall when he stopped to rest. Mr. Lattanzi sustained injuries resulting in paraplegia.

Weidenaar v State of California Settlement $9 Million

Highway Design case involving failure to adequately guard center median "drop-off" area, resulting in spinal cord injuries to 33 year old man.

Garcia v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Verdict: $13.820 million

Joseph Garcia was a 56-year old unemployed passenger on an LACMTA bus, when that bus struck a parked car transportation carrier. Mr. Garcia was thrown around the interior of the bus and suffered a subdural hematoma resulting in severe brain damage and hemiplegia of his left side.

Tartakoff v. City of Los Angeles Verdict: $7.675 million

Thirty-six-year-old woman was rendered a paraplegic when she was broadsided by a vehicle operated by a young man pursued by a LAPD police vehicle.

Grill v. City of Los Angeles Settlement: $4.5 million

Collision at Los Angeles International Airport involving a police vehicle and an airline tug.

Kinder v. San Diego Trolley Settlement: $3.4 million

While "couple jumping" on to a moving trolley, plaintiff sustained serious injuries. Trolley was designed so that patrons were forced to jump through the trolley cars, otherwise they would be unable to catch it on the opposite side of the tracks.

Steichen v. City of Santa Monica Settlement: $2 million

Wrongful death of a 64-year-old woman who was struck at an intersection by a City of Santa Monica police vehicle that was allegedly responding to an "officer needs assistance" call.

Mehdipour v. City of Santa Monica: Verdict $2.6 million

80 year old man who was trying to catch a bus had his left arm run over resulting in amputation.

Torchia v LA County Metropolitan Transportation Settlement: $1.9 million

MTA Bus sideswiped motorcycle causing clutch handle to break off resulting in collision which caused orthopedic injuries to 50 year old male.

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