Workplace Injury Case Results
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Castillo v. Quality Shoring and Scaffold, Inc. (combined cases): $78 million
Twelve plaintiffs filed suit for an October 2001 roof collapse construction accident. In that accident, some clients plunged 6-stories into a tank filled with rebar, metal and wet concrete, while others were left clinging to rebar, suspended 50 feet above the ground until they were rescued.
Griggs v. West-Pac Industries and Tools Exchange Verdict: $58 million
Christine Spagnoli was an integral member of the trial team which obtained a verdict for a male worker who suffered severe burn injuries caused by a defective O-ring. Largest single plaintiff's personal injury verdict in California. Jury also awarded a record $48 million in non-economic compensatory damages.
McGee v. The City of Alameda Settlement $25 million
Construction worker hit an underground energized electrical line while using a drill at a construction site, causing him severe electrical injuries that resulted in third degree burns to over 20 percent of his body, limb amputations and brain damage.
Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $3.65 million
Worker at loading dock was pinned and his pelvis crushed when a truck pulling away from the area trapped him against commercial refuse containers.
Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $3 million
Industrial accident involving a brake failure on a loader causing orthopedic injuries to the victim.
Laurutis v. RPS, Inc. Verdict: $2.9 million
50-year-old male sustained multiple fractures when thrown from a crane. Subcontractor was found negligent; he failed to warn plaintiff of increased load.
Doe v. Doe Crane: Settlement $2.4 million
Worker helping lower cement sewer cone when it broke loose causing a fractured pelvis.
Doe Individual v. Doe Film Company Settlement: $1.9 million
Actress sustained third degree burn injuries to her face and body while performing fire-breathing stunt during movie audition. Settlement reached after plaintiff verdict on liability.
Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $1.75 million
Thirty-six-year-old refinery worker burned when pressurized liquid escaped from a negligently designed coker at an oil refinery in Torrance.
Eshelman v. Norris Industries Verdict: $1.39 million
Studio electrician fell into a large pit during night shoot on "Beverly Hills Ninja." Soft tissue damage necessitated shoulder impingement surgery and an expected spinal disc fusion in the future.
Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $1.1 million
Burn injuries to cable splicer.
Crawford v. MGM: Confidential Settlement
Performer Michael Crawford was starring in the EFX show in Las Vegas when safety devices failed. Mr. Crawford was injured and required hip replacement surgery.
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