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Small Difficult Cases Other Attorneys Rejected

  • $5,000,000
    Auto Accident Wrongful death car accident against a drunk driver.
  • $4,500,000
    Struck by a Car Our client was riding his skateboard down a ramp from his dormitory at a private school when he entered onto the parking lot private roadway. He was struck by a car at a blind spot at the base of the ramp caused by an obstruction in the form of a large trash bin enclosure. He suffered very serious injuries to his right arm including near amputation and reconstruction, and left finger amputation. Liability was denied and hotly disputed. We litigated this case and conducted extensive discovery, took 15 oral depositions, and retained 7 technical experts to reconstruct, animate and demonstrate the accident. The one and only offer was $500,000 at the first mediation. We got ready for trial and attended a second mediation and successfully negotiated a settlement for the sum of $4,500,000.00.
  • $3,600,000.00
    Wrongful Death

    In 2004, private developers planned, designed, and built a huge outdoor shopping center in the heart of Rancho Mirage on Highway 111 between Rancho Las Palmas and Bob Hope Drive. The development was called 'The River at Rancho Mirage'. As a result of the success of 'The River', parking became a problem and it became known to the local community and to the local city council that there was inadequate parking and over crowdedness on site resulting in patrons having to park off-site and in some cases across the street, on Highway 111, on side streets. The local city government had proposed solutions and offered land to the developers and owners of 'The River', on the same side of the street, to create more parking spaces. The developers and owners rejected the offer. 'The River' also planned on designing and building a parking structure, but they unfortunately cancelled the project. In short, the owners and managers of 'The River' Shopping Center and the local city government had knowledge of the inadequate parking problem and that patrons were forced to park across the Highway.

    On December 29, 2006, an 80-year-old perfectly healthy, retired, local resident of Rancho Mirage dropped his wife off at a restaurant for dinner in 'The River', and then went to park, but couldn't find parking. He was forced to park off-site. He parked directly across the street from 'The River' on a side street at a 'T' intersection. He then successfully crossed the street, at the 'T' intersection, in an unmarked crosswalk. There were no stop signs, signals, or controls at the 'T' intersection. When he reached the top of the 'T' of the intersection having successfully crossed Highway 111 to 'The River' side, he found himself trapped, as access to the sidewalk was completely blocked by foliage and a hedge, which prevented him from reaching his point of safety. At that moment he found himself on the tight rope of the curb and cars started zipping by.

    The 80-year-old man started to tight rope the curb toward a driveway at which point he lost his balance, stumbled into the street, and was immediately hit by a car passing by, resulting in his instant death.

    We represented the family of the 80-year-old for his wrongful death against the City of Rancho Mirage, and 'The River at Rancho Mirage'.

    The case was denied, disputed, and aggressively defended by the corporate and municipal defendants and their top drawer defense attorneys. Multiple complex and hyper technical motions were filed by the defense in their combined efforts to dismiss our case and defeat our lawsuit. We defeated every motion.

    All the family of the 80-year-old every really wanted was for the City of Rancho Mirage, and 'The River at Rancho Mirage' Shopping Center to do the right thing and, most importantly, to make the subject 'T' intersection safe by adding traffic controls, a crosswalk, or some other measure of safety i.e., warning signs not to cross, and for 'The River' to provide additional parking so that people would never be faced with having to park across the street again.

    We retained the leading authority in traffic engineering as an expert and had studies and reconstructions performed. We performed extremely complex and sophisticated litigation and discovery, which included extensive interrogative requests for admissions, and requests for productions. We took countless depositions of defendants and independent disinterested eyewitnesses.

    Ultimately, three years to the day after the tragic loss, we successfully negotiated a settlement at a stipulated private mediation for a confidential sum. Additionally, the City of Rancho Mirage and 'The River' made the 'T' intersection safer by posting signs warning pedestrians not to cross at the intersection and by placing barricades to block a pedestrian's path. At the conclusion of the settlement, our client's family created a private trust fund in the name of their husband, father, and grandfather, to benefit local children in need, and to further demonstrate that the case was never really about money, but rather, it was about 'doing the right thing', and to prevent this type of tragedy from occurring again.

  • $3,000,000
    Auto Accident Our client was a passenger in car accident that was rear-ended resulting in brain damage.
  • $2,000,000
    Auto Accident Our client was a passenger in car accident that was rear-ended resulting in severe scars and multiple surgeries.
  • $1,150,000
    Pedestrian Struck by a Van Our client was a pedestrian struck by a van crossing the street in south lake taho late at night when it was very dark. There was no crosswalk in the area where our client crossed and no traffic lights or controls. The police report places our client at fault for being out of a crosswalk and being intoxicated. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury. The defendant was coming from the casinos and unfamiliar with the area. He didn't have his high beam bright lights on and Our client lived in Germany and was bioyn as a volunteer for a government program to better our environment The insurance company denied our clients claim. We filed a lawsuit and aggressively litigated this case with witnesses in North Carolina, south Lake Tahoe, Germany. And riverside. We retained some of the best medical experts and accident reconstructionists in the country. We are proud that we were able to fight for our client and get justice!
  • Policy Limit Settlement
    Premises Liability Our client was at a privately owned public swimming pool, and had a near drowning incident that lead to brain injury.
  • Settled During Litigation
    Near Drowning Incident Near drowning at a privately owned public swimming pool, Our client was 14 years old. He did not know how to swim. His father took him to a privately owned public swimming pool. His father allowed him to enter the pool without his supervision, relying on the owner's lifeguard to protect him. Our client nearly drowned, but was rescued several minutes later after sinking to the bottom of the pool and becoming unconscious. Our client suffered brain damage. The defendant private owner’s insurance aggressively denied liability and refused to pay the claim. After extensive litigation and discovery and multiple depositions and expert retention, we convinced the insurer to do the right thing and tender its policy limit of $1,000,000.00.
  • Settled for $1,000,000
    Fatal Motorcycle Accident Our client’s adult son was killed in a head-on accident while driving his motorcycle on a windy canyon road. The other party stated that our client was on the wrong side of the road, and a witness also stated that our client was on the wrong side of the road. The police report concluded our client was on the wrong side of the road. Two attorneys rejected the case before the family hired our firm. We conducted an extensive informal accident reconstruction, scene investigation, and re-interviewed the witness and consulted with a motorcycle accident expert. We successfully settled the case for the other party's insurance policy limit of $1,000,000.
  • Negotiated a settlement
    Wrongful Death Our client was killed on a windy mountainous canyon road late at night when it was dark out. Our client was riding his motorcycle. He crashed with a passenger vehicle head on close to the center line of the roadway. A witness said that our client was on the wrong side of the roadway as did the driver of the other vehicle. The police report was adverse to my client and placed him at fault and in violation of vehicle code sections. We investigated the loss and consulted with the best accident reconstructionist and motorcycle accident experts in the country. We were able to prove that the accident may have occurred on the right side of the road for our client and the wrong side for the other person, and at a minimum, it was too close too call, and that the accident may have been avoidable. We successfully negotiated a settlement for the policy limit of 1 million dollars against the other party without having to file a lawsuit.
  • Settled for $975,000
    Police Shooting Accident We represented the victim of a Police shooting case. Our client suffered extremely serious injuries. We referred the handling and federal prosecution of this extremely complex case to one of our fellow Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles member/associates. He aggressively and creatively litigated this case and settled it for $975,000.00.
  • Settled for $600,000
    Motor Vehicle Accident

    Our clients were driving on the highway in Merced at night time when it was dark, when a 2000 lb. black cow crossed the roadway directly in front of their car. Our clients were unable to avoid striking the cow.. Two other vehicles also struck the cow. Our clients suffered serious injuries including back surgery. After extensive pre-litigation discovery we were able to identify the cow by its brand and connect it to its owner, a nearby rancher.

    Our investigation further revealed that the fence surrounding the rancher's property was in a state of disrepair, permitting his cattle to stray off his property and onto the adjacent roadway. Fortunately the cattle rancher was insured for this particular type of occurrence. While the insurance company disputed liability and the nature and extent of the injuries, we filed a lawsuit and aggressively litigated the case. We successfully negotiated a settlement of the case for $600,000.00 prior to mediation, arbitration or trial, saving our clients thousands of dollars as well as the risk of losing or receiving less from a Jury in Modesto.

  • $500,000.00
    Dog Bite Settlement We represented a little 4 year old girl who was viciously attacked by a dog that literally bit off two of her fingers which had to be surgically reattached. The insurance company denied responsibility. We litigated the case and the defense attorney’s fought us all the way arguing hyper technical legal principals which didn't even apply. We won every motion filed by the defense and even the appeal they filed in a ruling. Ultimately we convinced the defense and insurance company to settle this little girl’s claim for its policy limit of $500,000.
  • Case Settled
    Auto Accident

    Our client was involved in a car accident when the other party pulled out of a driveway directly into her path resulting in a moderate impact collision. As a result, our client's car was damages and she suffered back and neck injuries requiring neck surgery. Even though the police report placed the other party at fault, the other party's insurance company disputed the claim based on liability/fault, and injuries.

    We demanded settlement prior to filing a lawsuit and the other party's insurance company offered $15,000.000 to settle the case. We were forced to file a lawsuit and aggressively litigate the case. After extensive litigation and discovery we convince the insurance company to do the right thing and settle our client's case for its full value in the amount of $486,000.00. Mediation, arbitration or Trial was not necessary. This saved our client thousands of dollars in costs as well as the delay and uncertainty associated with trial.

  • Settlement at mediation
    Broken Nose From Poorly Made Cabinetry An employee was struck on the face by a cabinet that fell off the wall it was attached to as she was sitting down at her desk. Our client suffered a broken nose requiring surgery and aggravated preexisting injuries to her neck requiring surgery 2.5 years after the accident. Apportionment was a big issue and extensive litigation and discovery were performed. We were able to reach a settlement at mediation.
  • $408,000.00
    Premises Liability Premises Liability. Landlord tenant. A 7 year old girls was playing in her backyard for the small apartment building her family rented. The back yard abutted an alley. She tried to close a large 40 foot long 8 foot high wrought iron sliding gate which enclosed the backyard. The gate was defective and fell off its track onto the little girl causing a serious head injury. She required multiple stitches and was left with a 3 inch scar down the middle of her forehead. The landlord’s insurance company denied the claim. The property owners/ landlord denied responsibility. We filed a lawsuit and conducted extremely aggressive discovery. We went to mediation and the defendant’s insurance carrier offered $20,000 to settle the little girls claim. We rejected it and kept fight. Eventually we went to 2 settlement conferences with a judge and the defense and insurance company never offered more than $50,000. I went to trial. We had 6 experts and 10 witnesses. The defense had 4 experts. We won the trial and the verdict was for $408,000.00. We were able to structure her money to protect her and provide for her in her adults years.
  • Settlement at mediation
    Unsafe Lane Change Freeway Accident Denied/disputed liability after an unsafe lane change automobile accident on the freeway resulting in delayed onset, injuries to hip, and low back requiring surgery. Extensive litigation, discovery, expert accident reconstructionist, and multiple deposition. Settled.
  • Settled for $300,000
    Premises Liability Our client tripped over a step that was unmarked and a building code violation in a local store, resulting in a knee injury requiring surgery. The insurance company denied liability and refused to make an offer to compensate our client. We filed a lawsuit and conducted extensive discovery, including depositions and hiring a building and safety expert engineer. Eventually the insurance company offered $75,000, which we rejected. We eventually settled the case for $300,000.
  • Settled for $300,000
    Premises Liability Our client tripped over a step that was unmarked and a building code violation in a local store, resulting in a knee injury requiring surgery. The insurance company denied liability and refused to make an offer to compensate our client. We filed a lawsuit and conducted extensive discovery, including depositions and hiring a building and safety expert engineer. Eventually the insurance company offered $75,000, which we rejected. We eventually settled the case for $300,000.
  • Settled for $300,000
    Premises Liability

    Maria P. was an 84 year old woman who was shopping at a local market with her daughter. She was pushing a shopping cart through the checkout stand and ultimately pushed it through the front doors intending on going to her car which was parked in the parking lot immediately outside of the market. After she pushed the cart outside, one of the wheels got stuck in a large hole or defect, on the walkway, immediately outside of the store. Maria P. attempted to prevent her shopping cart filled with items that she just purchased from tipping over. She was unable to do so and while she was struggling with the cart, and in the process of it tipping over, she fell and fractured her hip.

    Maria P. presented a claim against the insurance company for the market and they denied her claim and refused to take any responsibility whatsoever for the dangerous condition which they knew existed immediately out in front of their property on the walkway. Ms. P. hired the Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus.

    We investigated the claim thoroughly by having our investigators go to the scene, measure the defects, photograph the dangerous condition, inspect the shopping carts, diagram the scene, and interview independent witnesses as well as store employee witnesses.

    We presented a comprehensive and extensive as well as detailed and thorough demand for settlement letter and package of materials on behalf of Maria P. which included all of her surgery records. Initially, the insurance company for the local market refused to take responsibility and denied the claim. We were forced to file a Superior Court lawsuit and aggressively litigated the case accordingly. After extensive discovery, we convinced the defense attorneys for the insurance company for the local market to attend a private mediation. We successfully negotiated a settlement of Maria P.'s premises liability bodily injury claim for damages for approximately $300,000.00.

  • Settled for $290,000
    Elevator Accident Our client was in an elevator in the apartment building where she lived when it suddenly dropped 2-3 floors. This resulted in a knee injury requiring arthroscopic surgery. The defendant's insurance carrier initially disputed liability. We demanded settlement prior to filing a lawsuit but no offer was made. We filed and lawsuit and settled the case shortly thereafter for $290,000.00.
  • Settlement
    Child struck by car

    Child struck by car in crosswalk.

    $265,000.00

  • Case Was Settled
    Car Accident Our client was involved in a car accident. Over the period of the following 2 years he was involved in 3 more accidents and none were his fault. Each of the insurance companies blamed the other for causing or contributing to his injuries and all of them disputed the nature and extent of his injuries. During the process our client was diagnosed with cancer. He is a survivor. He developed other medical issues. After 3 years of extensive litigation discovery, depositions, and expert retention and depositions, we convinced the insurance company to do the right thing and settle for their insured's policy limit of $250,000.
  • Settlement
    Auto accident Auto accident with pre-existing injuries and subsequent accident injuries and intervening diagnosis of serious medical condition.
  • Settlement Offer of $250,000
    Rear-End Accident With Neck Injuries Rear-end accident with minimal impact and minor property damage to the cars. Our client suffered a neck injury requiring surgery. The insurance company offered $8,000. We filed a lawsuit and conducted extensive discovery. We took several depositions of the insurance company’s experts. The insurance company increased its offer to $20,000. We rejected the offer and kept fighting. We hired experts to prove that the impact caused our client’s neck injuries. We went to mediation and the insurance company increased its offer to $150,000. We rejected the offer and kept fighting. The insurance company has finally offered to pay its policy limit of $250,000 and we are still fighting for more.
  • Settled for $200,000
    Pedestrian vs. Auto Accident Our client, an 80-year-old man, was crossing the street in a crosswalk when a city employee driving a truck failed to see him while finishing a left turn. The truck struck our client, causing fractured ribs and other injuries. The city denied the claim, so we filed a lawsuit and conducted extensive discovery. We settled the case at mediation for more than $200,000.00
  • Settled for $185,000.00
    Premises Liability Lizette M. was a 30 year old mother and Santa Clarita Valley resident who slipped and fell on a puddle of water in the common area of a major local shopping mall. She suffered injuries to her thumb requiring surgery. This was a hotly disputed case. The mall owners denied liability, arguing they had no knowledge of the puddle on the floor, and therefore should not be held liable for the accident. After extensive investigation, litigation, discovery, depositions, and the retention of experts; we successfully negotiated a settlement of $185,000.00.
  • Settled (prior to arbitration)
    Car Accident Injury Our client was a passenger in a car that lost control and drove off the road flipping over resulting in injuries. The insurance companies argued our client wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Extensive discovery and negotiations were performed. The case was settled.
  • Settled at Mediation
    Slip and Fall Accident This was a premises liability slip and fall accident at a well known natural retail and grocery store chain. Liability was denied and no offers were ever made. Our client suffered injuries and required arthroscopic knee surgery. After extensive litigation and discovery followed by mediation we successfully negotiated settlement for the amount of 140,000.00
  • Settled for $130,000
    Rear-End Accident With Back Injuries Our client sustained back injuries in a rear-end accident with minimal impact and property damage. We litigated extensively but did not receive any offers until mediation. The case was settled for $130,000.
  • Settled the case
    Hot Air Balloon Accident Our client was injured in a hot air balloon accident resulting in burns. The hot air balloon company argued that its release and waiver form precluded our client from making a claim for injuries. We fought the waiver and release and prevailed. We settled the case for the restricted policy limit of $100,000.00 with having to file a lawsuit.
  • Settlement Reached
    Hot Air Balloon Injury Settlement Our client was injured in a hot air balloon accident resulting in burns. The hot air balloon company argued that its release and waiver form precluded our client from making a claim for injuries. We fought the waiver and release and prevailed, settling the case for the restricted policy limit of $100,000.00 with having to file a lawsuit .
  • Settlement mediation
    Slip and fall Slip and fall in nightclub. $90,000.
  • Settlement mediation
    Slip and fall Slip and fall in supermarket.
  • Case Settled
    Automobile Accident Roberto R. was involved in a rear end collision with another party, and received medical treatment for back injuries sustained in the accident. The at-fault party's insurance company did not believe that Roberto should have required six months of treatment for this accident, and did not make any offer to settle his claim. The exact reason for the denial was that the insurance adjuster felt Roberto's treatment was excessive, and made a decision that his claim was worth zero. We litigated the case, and were able to settle the claim at a mandatory settlement conference for $85,000.00.
  • Settlement Negotiated
    Trip & Fall Accident Our client went to the defendant's local restaurant. She was greeted and directed to a table. While attempting to pull out the chair for her to sit, she trip and feel on a hidden curb/plantar adjacent to her table. This case was referred to us by another personal injury attorney due the defendants' insurer denying liability for the accident or the injuries. We immediately prepared a comprehensive and extensive detailed demand for settlement letter and package of materials. The insurance carrier conveyed low offer. We filed a lawsuit and aggressively litigated the case. Ultimately we successfully negotiated a settlement for $85,000.00 which represented the full value of our client's injuries and compensation.
  • Settlement mediation
    Slip and fall Slip and fall in nightclub
  • Trial Verdict of $33,000
    Motor Vehicle Accident

    Our client was involved in a car accident with a Los Angeles County Sheriff Officer. The police report placed the Sheriff at fault. Witnesses placed the Sheriff at fault. Unfortunately the County of Los Angeles denied our clients claim and disputed our client’s injuries. We took this case and fought all the way to trial because we wanted to do the right thing for our client and in order to prove that the Los Angeles County was responsible for causing the accident and our clients injuries. After filing a government claim followed by a lawsuit we performed extensive litigation and discovery. Shortly before the trial the County counsel offered to settle our client’s case for $10,000.

    Our demand for settlement was $25,000. Shortly before trial the county increased its offer to $15,000. Unfortunately it was too little too late. Our client’s medical bills were approximately 13,000, and we had spent several thousands of dollars in litigation. We continued the battle and hired experts. The defense hired multiple experts. We went to trial and after one full week the Jury decided in our client’s favor and voted 12-0. The jury awarded our client 33,000. After the trial, the Count filed multiple motions to appeal the Jury's decision and award. We continued to fight and oppose all of their motions. Ultimately, we prevailed and the County paid our client the Verdict plus all of our costs advanced to prosecute the case.

  • Confidential Settlement
    Fireworks Malfunction Our client suffered injuries from a fireworks malfunction on July 4th. Many people suffered injuries in the accident. The liability was disputed, but we successfully proved our client’s case and maximized his recovery for a confidential amount.
  • Settlement
    Auto vs pedestrian. Wrongful death.

    Settlement. Policy limit

    Auto vs pedestrian. Wrongful death

    Confidential amount. Client on skateboard crossing outside of crosswalk.

  • Settled for $615,000
    Premises Liability Confidential settlement, case denied and disputed.

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