The following is a sample of some of the interesting cases handled by our office. They have been selected because they represent the wide variety of cases included in our practice. The first set of cases are all maritime which constitutes the bulk of our practice. The second set are some of the non-maritime cases. Please note that the results obtained in any individual case are dependent upon the particular facts and law applicable to that case. No two cases are alike even if the injuries appear similar.
Perry v. Apex Marine Corp., San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 750517
This case was tried by Mansfield Davis and John J. Hughes. We represented the Third Mate of SS ULTRAMAR who was lost overboard in the mid Atlantic and later rescued by a British merchant ship. The defendant's offer prior to trial was $10,000. The jury returned a verdict of $1,600,000.
In re Moilanen, limitation of liability proceeding in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. C 83-0901
We represented a fisherman who lost a large toe and portion of his foot as a result of an accident involving a winch aboard a commercial fishing boat. He was subsequently denied medical care and subsistence payments. We alleged that the vessel was unseaworthy and the owner negligent. Recovery was made in the amount of $1,325,000.
Lyons, et al. v. McDermott, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Case No. 91-3016
Together with associated admiralty counsel licensed in Louisiana we represented the widow and children of a professional diver who was drowned when the vessel to which he was assigned capsized and sank during a typhoon. The diver was trapped in a decompression chamber and was unable to escape. Recovery was made in the amount of $3,050,000.
Moseley et al. v. Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., San Mateo Superior Court Case No. 307310; United States District Court Case No. C 88-2814
In this case we represented the family and fiancé of a young lady who died from a preexisting illness following a cruise. We alleged inadequate medical care and treatment while aboard the vessel. Recovery was made in the amount of $242,500.
Tiongco v. City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Superior Court Case no.:CGC 09-48171
We represented the husband and other surviving family members of Florencia Tiongco, a 66 year old hotel staff worker who was run down and killed in a marked cross walk by a Department of Public Works truck. Mrs. Tiongco was returning home when she entered a crosswalk with a green light. She was well into the intersection when a City truck made a left turn and struck her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A settlement was achieved with a present cash value of $1,750,000.
Aguilar v. Swor, Marin County Superior Court Case No. CV 002849
This case was tried by John J. Hughes. We represented the Aguilar family in a high speed rear end collision. Settlements were made on behalf of Mrs. Aguilar and Luis Aguilar, Jr., their son, who suffered minor injuries. Mr. Aguilar suffered the most severe injuries. When the Swor vehicle struck the familiy's Toyota Corolla, Mr. Aguilar's suffered multiple injuries including a fractured pelvis. Demand for settlement was given in the amount of $590,000. This demand was rejected by Mr. Swor's insurance company which countered with an offer of $450,000. This was deemed insufficient in light of the severity of Mr. Aguilar's injuries and the case was tried to a jury. The jury brought in a unanimous verdict of $1,400,000. Because the insurance company refused the offer to settle which was within the $1,100,000 policy limit, they were required to pay the full amount of the judgment plus interest and the costs of prosecuting the law suit. The final payment was made in the amount of $1,508,000.
Riles v. San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 945838
This case was tried by John J. Hughes. Our client was a young girl who was attacked by pit bulls on the property of the San Francisco Housing Authority. The dog bites left permanent scars on her leg and damaged a sensory nerve. The jury found the Housing Authority primarily liable for the injury and assessed damages for its share of responsibility of $225,336.49. This case exposed practices at the Housing Authority which allowed the proliferation on its property of dangerous pit bull dogs trained for illegal dog fighting and attacks against people. It was the first case holding the Housing Authority responsible for such an injury. The case received extensive newspaper and television coverage and was instrumental in bringing about important policy changes.
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