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DeWitt Algorri & Algorri Verdicts & Settlements

Hundreds of millions recovered for our clients and their families

$25.1M

AUTOMOBILE V. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

PULLEN v. LEMASTERS

Mark Algorri & Bruce Palumbo

Automobile v. Motorcycle, left-turn accident. The defendant argued that the plaintiff, who admitted to drinking and speeding, was wholly at fault, The defense offered their $15,000.00 Safeco policy to settle too late.

$19M

CAR ACCIDENT

MARIN v. GANUELAS

Mark Algorri & Carolyn Tan

Twenty-two year old Michelle Marin was rendered in a persistent vegetative state when her Honda was rear ended on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. Her stationary vehicle was struck at 60 miles per hour in the rear, causing Ms. Marin’s spine fractures and severe traumatic brain injury. She is now unable to care for herself, or even interact with her 5-year old son.

The defense argued that the accident was Ms. Marin’s fault because if her vehicle had been better maintained, it would not have broken down on the freeway and been hit while disabled. Mark Algorri offered to resolve the matter before trial for $9.9 million. AAA rejected that offer and instead offered $100,000. Mr. Algorri and Carolyn Tan then tried the case to a jury, who found the defendant liable in a 12-0 decision, with $19 million in damages.

$11M

UNDISCLOSED

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Mark Algorri & Carolyn Tan

Defendant driver was racing on the freeway, causing a multi-vehicle collision. Plaintiff suffered severe burn injuries. The insurance carrier of Defendant’s employer initially denied coverage, claiming Defendant driver was not in the course and scope of his employment. The employment issue was resolved via arbitration, which found that Defendant driver was in the course and scope of his employment. Employer’s carrier intervened days before trial.

$10M

UNDISCLOSED

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Mark Algorri

The underlying case went to trial and Plaintiff received a verdict well in excess of the Defendant’s $15,000.00 liability insurance policy. Plaintiff then took an assignment from the Defendant. Both Plaintiff and the former Defendant then filed suit against the insurance company. The case settled at mediation.

$9M

CAR ACCIDENT

MORENO v. MANZANARES

A 23-year-old Rosanna Moreno was critically injured when the car in which she was riding as a rear passenger struck a pickup truck that was parked alongside the road on a residential street in Riverside, CA. The pickup truck had a trailer attached.

The driver of the car in which Ms. Moreno was riding then fled the scene and later denied driving the car. He was uninsured.

Ms. Moreno initially hired a well-known personal injury law firm who investigated the case. The firm told Ms. Moreno’s family that they did not have a case. The family then hired our firm for a second opinion, and we initiated a thorough investigation of the accident. We discovered that the owner of the parked pickup truck knew that cars raced down his street at night, that he parked his truck in an area that he knew was near where cars raced, and that the factory installed reflectors had been removed from his trailer making it hard to see. Also, the trailer was painted “flat black” which made it even more of a hazard.

Ms. Moreno, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered a brain injury and needs around-the-clock care. She was placed in a long-term rehabilitation hospital. However, her family wanted to bring her home and take care of her. The problem was they did not have the resources to do so.

Our firm sent a settlement demand to the owner of the truck. We identified her claims in detail and gave them a time limit to pay or fight. His insurance company consequently decided to pay their full policy limits in the sum of $7 million to settle the case. The court approved the settlement that provided Ms. Moreno with a special needs trust that allowed her family to buy a house with all the necessary equipment so that she could live at home with them.

$9M

UNDISCLOSED

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Mark Algorri, Ernie Algorri & Alex Lopez

Plaintiff was homeless, riding a bicycle at night in the middle of street with no lights.  Defendant collided into him, causing Plaintiff to sustain severe spinal injuries. Defendant’s carrier had 15/30 policy and denied liability twice.

$8M

PERSONAL INJURY – ENVIRONMENTAL

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Mark Algorri

After more than six years of hard fought litigation that included two successful appeals to the California Supreme Court, DeWitt Algorri & Algorri lawyers, acting in association with other counsel, represented various homeowners and residents of a Southern California city and successfully prosecuted several industries that polluted this area’s aquifer with toxic chemicals over the course of many years. The pollution caused cancer and serious health complications.

$6.9M

CAR ACCIDENT

SHIRLEY REID v. ZHI YU HUANG

William McMillan

Plaintiff was seriously injured when her vehicle was struck by Defendant’s vehicle. Defendant was insured by Mercury Insurance Company, who failed to timely offer the Defendant’s $100,000.00 policy limits and the case went to trial. Defendant filed for bankruptcy and Plaintiff took an assignment of the excess verdict from the court trustee. The bad faith case is now proceeding.

$6.5M

PRODUCT DEFECT

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Mark Algorri & Louis DeWitt

Plaintiff was paralyzed in a single vehicle rollover over accident when the rear tire de-treaded and his van rolled over. The roof crushed down upon him causing his injuries. Plaintiff filed suit against the vehicle manufacturer as well as the tire manufacturer. The case settled during trial.

$6.1M

PERSONAL INJURY – HEAD INJURY

ALCANTARA v. GREEN KNIGHT SECURITY AND RUDE DOG BAR AND GRILL

Patrick Nolan

Plaintiff’s head hit the concrete when he was cold-cocked in front of a bar, suffering a severe traumatic brain injury.  Nolan obtained surveillance video showing security guards hiding in the shadows as the fight escalated, and obtained testimony from local police that they had warned the bar of lax security in the past.

$6M

INSURANCE BAD FAITH

RODRIGUEZ v. BARBER

Mark Algorri

Emilio Rodriquez, age five, suffered a brain injury when his family’s minivan was rear-ended by a pickup truck operated by Defendant. The other family members suffered minor injuries. The Defendant had a 50/ 100 liability policy. The Rodriquez family’s original attorney sent a policy limits demand to the Defendant’s insurance company that went unanswered. The insurer then belatedly offered the policy. They later claimed they misplaced the demand.

Mark Algorri was then brought in to try the case and it settled the day before trial for $5.9 million dollars in excess of the policy.

$5.55M

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT

COMACHO v. MADRID LASER SCREED & BOOM PUMP, ET AL.

Mark Algorri

Plaintiff was paralyzed when he was struck and injured by a heavy piece of equipment at Mt. San Antonio Junior College. The plaintiff also received extensive worker compensation benefits.

$5.25M

PERSONAL INJURY – ENVIRONMENTAL

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Mark Algorri

Plaintiffs were exposed to long standing contaminated drinking water that contained rocket fuel and industrial solvents that allegedly caused multiple illnesses, including cancer. The case settled shortly before trial.

$4.75M

CAR ACCIDENT – DANGEROUS/DEFECTIVE ROAD

VINDEL v. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Mark Algorri

Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle operated by his friend that went off the 110 Freeway protected by an old bridge rail. The driver was DUI. The jury found 50% against Cal Trans. The case then settled. Plaintiff, a 34-year-old Honduran immigrant, who was also intoxicated, was paralyzed in the accident.

$4.1M

INSURANCE BAD FAITH

BARICKMAN v. MERCURY CASUALTY COMPANY

Mark Algorri

The lawyers at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri recently collected $4.13 million from Mercury Insurance for an injured client (Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Company, Case No.: B260833). Despite life-changing injuries, Mercury insisted they owed no more than $15,000. Attorney Mark Algorri proved the case at trial, proved that Mercury owed the entire amount, and the Court of Appeal agreed! When insurance companies insist they owe next to nothing, we prove them wrong.

$3.6M

INSURANCE BAD FAITH

BARICKMAN AND MCINTEER v. MERCURY CASUALTY CO

Mark Algorri & Bruce Palumbo

Twenty-two year old Michelle Marin was rendered in a persistent vegetative state when her Honda was rear ended on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. Her stationary vehicle was struck at 60 miles per hour in the rear, causing Ms. Marin’s spine fractures and severe traumatic brain injury. She is now unable to care for herself, or even interact with her 5-year old son.

The defense argued that the accident was Ms. Marin’s fault because if her vehicle had been better maintained, it would not have broken down on the freeway and been hit while disabled. Mark Algorri offered to resolve the matter before trial for $9.9 million. AAA rejected that offer and instead offered $100,000. Mr. Algorri and Carolyn Tan then tried the case to a jury, who found the defendant liable in a 12-0 decision, with $16.7 million in damages.

$3M

PREMISES LIABILITY

BUELNA v. HILL

Mark Algorri & Carolyn Tan

Mark Algorri and associate Carolyn Tan obtained a $2.9 million verdict for a Crestline woman whose foot was crushed when a branch fell in the yard of the house she was renting in the San Bernardino National Forest. The landlord’s insurance company offered $750,000.00 to settle, but Algorri and Tan knew their client would need more to remedy the challenges she and her family already endured, and would struggle with in the future. The jury agreed, finding her landlord responsible for the life-altering injuries she received, awarding nearly three times what the insurance company had offered.

$2.83M

PERSONAL INJURY – DEFECTIVE PRODUCT

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Louis DeWitt

Plaintiff, a plumber, was scalded on his lower body by hot water when a valve failed.

$2.4M

CATASTROPHIC INJURIES / DRUNK DRIVER

SAAVEDRA/GUMIENY v. GUYNES

Patrick Nolan & Carolyn Tan

Plaintiffs had enjoyed a nice day at the Pomona Fairgrounds, but on their way home, they were rear-ended by a drunk driver. The impact sent them headlong into a guardrail. Both were knocked unconscious and had to be extricated from their vehicle. Mr. Saavedra had an open fracture of his ankle, as well as a concussion.

Ms. Gumienny had a dislocated hip that required surgery, as well as a broken clavicle and severely broken finger, both of which required surgery to insert hardware to align the bones.

$1.9M

PREMISES LIABILITY

CONFIDENTIAL v. CONFIDENTIAL

Ernest Algorri

Plaintiff and his wife were savagely attacked while visiting a private residence that kept chimpanzees. The Homeowner had a $100,000.00 liability policy that was tendered too late and not accepted by Plaintiff. During the underlying litigation and before trial, the homeowner’s insurance company agreed to pay the excess settlement during mediation.

$1.75M

WRONGFUL DEATH

BALANDRAN v. CITY OF CHINO

Mark Algorri

An unmarried mother of two young children filed suit against the City of Chino and it’s Police Department after a police officer shot and killed her boyfriend, the children’s father. The court ruled that the unmarried mother had been deprived of her constitutional “family rights” giving her standing to sue.11

$1.5M

CAR ACCIDENT 

JANE DOE v. AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY

Patrick Nolan 

Plaintiff was run over by a car in front of her church.  She suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma for a week.  The driver’s insurance policy was only $100,000, but DAA was pursued a bad faith claim against the carrier and obtained $1.5 million.

$1.5M

CAR ACCIDENT – MINIMAL IMPACT

WILLIS v. UNDERWOOD

Mark Algorri – October 2006

The defense argued a minimal impact and hence no injuries caused by the accident. Plaintiff had low back surgery.

$1.25M

DANGEROUS ROADS/WRONGFUL DEATH

DIANE OVANDO v. CITY OF CHINO

Mark Algorri

A single mother lost control of her vehicle, going off a rural road. The roadway had a dangerous drop off alongside the pavement edge that prevented her from regaining control. Her five-year-old daughter died in the accident.

$1M

LOW-SPEED CAR ACCIDENT

MAUEL GALINDO v. ALONSO RODRIGUEZ BEAS

Mark Algorri

Plaintiff, rear-ended at low speed, suffered a low back injury and had surgery. Defendant maintained that such injury was not possible at low speed and surgery was not indicated. However, they paid the policy demand.

$1M

PERSONAL INJURY/BAR FIGHT

DECKARD v. ORANGE CIRCLE LOUNGE

Mark Algorri

Plaintiff, a 26-year-old college student, was escorted out of a popular college bar for giving the finger to a friend in jest. The bouncer then threw Plaintiff to the ground. He suffered a fractured skull and was hospitalized for a week.

$925K

PERSONAL INJURY – SLIP AND FALL

JOHN DOE v. CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Patrick Nolan

A trucker slipped and fell on steel trench covers and broke his wrist.  DAA got the construction company to admit that although they ordered slip-resistant trench plates to prevent this very type of accident, the wrong ones were delivered and they installed them anyway.  The trucker required several operations on his wrist, and DAA’s own “operations”  resulted in just short of $1 million for the trucker.

$470K

BICYCLE ACCIDENT

TIMMERMAN v. LAMBERT

Ernest Algorri & Sam Soleimany

A bicyclist on his way to work suffered a broken jaw and concussion when he was struck by an inattentive driver making a left turn. Plaintiff’s obvious injuries were apparently not enough for the driver’s insurance company to settle the matter. Attorneys Ernest Algorri and Sam Soleimany tried the case to a jury and received a unanimous (12-0) verdict for $470,000, most of which was to compensate for the bicyclist’s pain and suffering.

$268K

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/WRONGFUL DEATH

SHANA SMITH v. DANIEL VILLAROSA

Ernest Algorri

Plaintiff’s baby died at birth due to the negligence of the doctor. The doctor could not explain his absence from the hospital and he blamed the nurses for not handling the situation differently. The jury found the doctor fully responsible and awarded Plaintiff for her emotional distress.

$255K

ON-THE-JOB CAR ACCIDENT

BRANSON v. COUNTY OF SAN BERNADINO

Patrick Nolan

A driver and his passenger were injured when the County failed to provide proper notice that a bridge over the Mojave River had washed out. In spite of their obvious injuries, and medical bills totaling $60,000, the County offered a mere $30,000 to resolve the matter. They apparently did not realize that DAA is a trial firm. Attorney Patrick Nolan tried the case to a jury and received a verdict for $255,000.

$250K

PREMISE LIABILITY

JOHN DOE v. HOTEL GUEST

Patrick Nolan

Carbon monoxide leaked into a hotel gym, leaving Plaintiff woozy with bodies passed out around him.  He was treated at the local hospital and made a full recovery.  But Hotel paid him a quarter of a million dollars for his injuries.

$218K

CAR VS. TRUCK ACCIDENT

DIETRICK CANTEBERRY v. LONE STAR TRUCKING

Mark Algorri

Plaintiff’s vehicle was struck in the rear by Defendant’s vehicle, in stop-and-go traffic, causing minimal property damage to Plaintiff’s rear bumper. Plaintiff suffered a low back injury.

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