Category Archives: Case Results

$3,000,000.00 (Three Million Dollars) – Dangerous Condition of Public Property

Head on collision State Route 126.
Our client suffered server injuries when the car he a passenger in lost control and veered into on coming traffic where it was struck head on. We were unable to determine why the vehicle lost control since the driver was killed in the accident. However we were able to recover 3 million dollars for our client. We brought a lawsuit against the State of California for failing to install cross median barricades. Despite the States denials – we were able to establish, by examining over 300 traffic collision reports that the rate of cross over accidents exceeded the States guidelines. We then conducted depositions of CALTRANS traffic engineers. Through these efforts we were able to discover the existence of a “lost” memo. This memo directed CALTRANS to monitor the highway for cross over accident, and if these accidents continued a median barrier should be installed. This memo was our “smoking gun” as a result of our efforts the State conceded the dangerous nature of the highway and paid 3 million dollars to settle this case. Following the settlement it was reported that efforts will be made to install the long needed median barrier.

$3,000,000.00 (Three Million Dollars) – Motorcycle accident on Pacific Coast Highway.

Our client was riding a motorcycle on PCH when a truck pulled out causing him to crash his motorcycle. The client suffered severe injuries including below the knee amputation of his right leg. The Halpern Law Firm was able to establish that the truck drivers negligence despite an adverse witness. In addition we helped our client secure the best possible medical treatment for his injuries. As a result of fast, effective and aggressive action on the part of The Halpern Law Firm we were able to resolve this case within 8 months of the day of the accident.

$1,255,000.00 (1.255 Million Dollars) – Single vehicle accident

101 freeway in Thousand Oaks.
Our client was passenger in vehicle that flipped on the 101 freeway in Thousand Oaks. Our client suffered serve injuries including road rash burns to her back. The Halpern Law Firm was able to obtain this recovery from her despite the defendants claims that she did not have a seatbelt and that she knew the defendant, her boyfriend, was intoxicated. Based on fast, effective and aggressive legal action on the part of The Halpern Law Firm we were able to obtain this result within 7 months of the accident.

$1,250,000.00 (1,250 Million Dollars) – Three vehicle accident in Torrence.

Our client was the third vehicle struck by the defendant when she negligently exited a parking lot on Hawthorne Blvd., in Torrence. Our client suffered multiple fractures to her leg, wrist and shoulder in the collision. Her medical expenses were just over $100,000.00 and all paid by her medical insurance. The Defendant argued that she was not that hurt and she made a good recovery. Despite this argument we were able to obtain a policy limits settlement of 1.25 million for our client within 5 months of the collision.

$1,900,000.00 (1.9 Million Dollars) – Wrongful death

Caused by City trash truck accident in Sylmar.
Our clients father was killed when a trash truck ran him over in Sylmar. The defendant City of Los Angeles claimed that the decedent was responsible for the accident because he rode his bike from the sidewalk into the street. This was a tough case since the decedent had drugs in his system at the time of the accident and may rode into the path of the turning trash truck. Also defendant argued that the value of this case was limited because the decedent had a poor relationship with his family and was unemployed. We refused to accept the Defendants character attacks on our clients father and pushed this case to the brink of trial. Finally the defendant capitulated and agreed to pay 1.9 Million to the mans family.

$887,000.00 – Car vs. Truck Accident

Causes knee injury to passenger.
Our client was injured when a tree trimming truck made a left turn in front of her car. As a result of the collision our client suffered lacerations to her wrist, sprains to her neck and back and torn meniscus in her knee. She had one surgery to repair her knee. Despite the limited injuries we were able to establish obtain a substantial result (over 10 times the medical expenses) for our client.

$1,000,000.00 (1 Million Dollars) – Roofer steps on nail.

Insurance company pays more than policy limits.
Our client stepped on a nail during a construction job.  Weeks later due to an unknown diabetic condition, the wound became infected and ultimately resulted in the amputation of his foot.   We pursued this against the homeowner proving she was liable for the injury because of her use of an unlicensed contractor, deeming the homeowner the  de facto employer of the negligent co worker.  Allstate insurance rejected our offer to settle for their insureds $300,000 policy.  The case was settled of the first day of trial for 1 million dollars which was paid  by Allstate Insurance.

$735,404.35 – Man crushes tip of finger during a truck inspection.

A jury verdict resulted in a $735,404.35 judgment after plaintiff refused to accept defendants pretrial offer of $80,000.00.  Plaintiff crushed the tips of two fingers and incurred 25,000 in medical expenses. Loren Halpern was  able to establish during trial a substantial emotional injury through testimony of the plaintiffs family members.

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