DATE: June 2013
CASE: Symington v. Turtletaub, et al.
TOPIC: personal injury, automobile v. motorcycle
CASE NO.: 30-2012-00567499
JUDGE: Hon. Jamao Moberly
PLAINTIFF(S) ATTORNEYS: Thomas Schultz, Andrew Owen (Panish Shea & Boyle); Sean Shamsi (The Shamsi Law Firm)
DEFENDANT(S) ATTORNEYS: Marc Garber (Halas & Muhar), Cleidin Atanous (Law Offices of Cleidin Z. Antanous)
Plaintiffs were husband and wife. Husband was lawfully riding his motorcycle to work in the carpool lane of the 405 freeway. Defendant was unlawfully driving in the carpool lane as a solo driver in front of plaintiff, and as he crossed over the double yellow lines attempting to exit the carpool lane, he steered into plaintiff’s right of way, causing plaintiff to be ejected from his motorcycle. Husband suffered hip and arm fractures and underwent five separate surgeries. Because of the severity of his injuries, the husband faced at least one full hip replacement surgery. Wife also suffered a loss of consortium as a result of the collision.
INJURIES: Fractures to left Humerus and left hip.
Prior to Panish Shea & Boyle’s engagement, defendants offered $500,000 to settle all claims. Two months later—after expert discovery—the matter settled for $2,265,000 a week before trial.