Settlements & Verdicts


While there is more to hiring a lawyer than how much money a prior case resolved for, the track record of your lawyer is important. Defense attorneys and insurance companies know which lawyers actually go to trial and how successful they have been in past cases. The past successes of a lawyer enhance the prospects of future success. While past settlements do not guarantee a favorable result in your case, it is a good idea to have an attorney who has a history of winning. Over the last 15 years, Edward J. Deason has obtained judgements and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of $60 million.

Product Liability

$11.4 million settlement plus over $2 million in worker’s compensation benefits paid. An electric forklift overturned and the battery crushed the operator, rendering him a quadriplegic. The case concerned the forklift manufacturer and several others. (Confidential)

$2 million settlement. The design of a forklift operator’s compartment lacked protection of the operator’s legs in the event of a tip-over accident. The plaintiff’s expert redesigned the forklift in a way that better protected the forklift operator. (Confidential)

$1.5 million settlement. A forklift operator was crushed when he became pinned by the mast of a forklift. The case concerned the design of the forklift controls. (Confidential)

Motor Vehicle Accidents

$5.05 million settlement. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle, leaving a wife and two children. (Confidential)

$2 million settlement exceeded including future payments. A farm worker sustained injuries and his wife was killed in a motor vehicle collision. (Campos v. Hightower)

$1.25 million settlement. A paraplegic being transported in a medical van sustained multiple leg fractures. (Waddell v. Goodfaith Medical Transportation, Inc.)

$1.14 million settlement. A family patriarch was killed by a delivery truck. The case was litigated with the assistance of another firm. The defendants had only $750,000 in insurance. (Palacios v. Cousins Carpet) 

$1 million settlement. A woman driving her motor-home struck the rear end of a truck which pulled onto the highway from the shoulder causing knee fractures and internal injuries. (Stubbits v. Matthews Trucking)

$1 million settlement including future payments. A union member’s fiancée was involved in an automobile accident that caused facial and back injuries.

$775,000 settlement. A wheelchair-bound pedestrian was knocked out of his wheelchair when the medical transport van hired to drive him home ran into him instead. He suffered back and leg injuries. (Waddell v. Primary Care)

$700,000 settlement. A 46 year old man was killed when a truck struck his car. (Confidential)

$597,456 verdict. A woman was struck by a parking lot tram at Kaiser Hospital in Baldwin Park, suffering a broken leg and requiring knee replacement. (Jones v. Modern Parking)

Premises Liability

$1.92 million verdict. A guest at the Playboy Mansion was struck in the head by an unsupported ornamental column sustaining a disputed brain injury. The defendant offered $100,000 prior to trial. (Edelmann v. Playboy)

$1.3 million settlement. An apartment renter received serious scalding burns taking a shower. The temperature of the water was 160 degrees Fahrenheit. (Friedman v. Blackrock)

Slip and Fall

$757,500 settlement, plus $150,000 worker’s compensation benefits. A Head Start teacher slipped and fell at work and underwent back surgeries. After much investigation, it was discovered that the roof of the building plaintiff worked in was improperly modified, causing it to leak after it rained. (Confidential)

$700,000 settlement. A nurse slipped and fell causing a neck injury and pain syndrome. (Jones v. SIR)

$687,900 verdict. A librarian tripped and fell on a rug inside a revolving door injuring her wrists, hip, and legs. (Mainardi v. Shuwa)

$550,000 settlement. An oilfield worker broke his ankle in an explosion resulting in surgery. (Confidential)

Workplace Injury

$1.95 million settlement. A machine operator had his hands crushed and burned when the employer removed the safety guard from a power press. (Confidential) 

$1.1 million verdict. A truck driver was struck by a forklift causing head, shoulder, and low back injuries. (Albarran v. Carlton Forge Works)

$984,119 verdict. A worker’s leg was fractured when unsecured granite counter tops fell from a forklift. (Estrada v. Donguan Jufu)

$900,000 settlement. A truck driver suffered a severe leg fracture when a forklift operator cause a load to fall against him. (Loya v. Indalex)

$859,600 verdict. A truck driver injured his back opening a defective dock lever. The defendant offered $70,000 prior to trial. (Contreras v. Vans)

$550,000 settlement. An oilfield worker’s ankle was broken as a result of an industrial explosion. (Confidential)

$525,000 verdict. An electrician was knocked off a ladder during installation of a printing press. The defendant offered $100,000 prior to trial. (Beaty v. Times Mirror)

$491,500 settlement. A worker was struck by a forklift and injured his neck, arm, and knee. (Confidential)

$433,000 verdict. A union warehouseman was struck by cartons of china, which were improperly stacked by the shipper. The warehouseman could no longer do heavy lifting because of a back injury. The defendant offered $40,000 prior to trial. (Braxton v. Syracuse China)

Construction Accidents

$1.2 million settlement. A construction worker fell resulting in spinal injuries. (Hurt v. Alms)

$600,000 settlement, worker’s compensation benefits paid, lifetime medical care for plaintiff’s leg. A union construction worker was hit by the superintendent’s truck on the job site. The laborer had his leg crushed. Insurance coverage was highly disputed because the accident occurred before work. (Confidential)

Railroad (F.E.L.A.)

$627,333 settlement. A Federal Employer’s Liability Act case in which a railroad employee was involved in a low speed collision, injured his back, and underwent surgery. (Confidential)

Insurance Bad Faith

$1.1 million arbitration award. A family’s home flooded and developed mold. The insurance company paid the family approximately $50,000 and closed its file even though substantial reconstruction was needed. (Prosniewski v. Golden Eagle Insurance Company)

Medical Malpractice

$1.27 million arbitration award. A surgeon operated on the wrong side of the back. (Vaknin v. Kaiser Permanente)

$389,400 arbitration award. A surgeon punctured a patient’s intestines during surgery. (Begly v. Kaiser Permanente)

$335,000 verdict. A woman received an unnecessary surgery to her wrist resulting in permanent hand injuries. The defendant offered nothing prior to trial. (Batiz v. Perelman)

$300,000 settlement. Doctors failed to undertake an emergency C-section during labor which ultimately resulted in the death of an infant. (Confidential)

Brain Injuries

$6.9 million settlement. A high school student was assaulted by a fellow student and suffered profound brain injuries. The case was litigated with the assistance of another law firm. (Reyes v. Rim of the World High School)

$1.92 million verdict. A guest at the Playboy Mansion was struck in the head by an unsupported ornamental column sustaining a disputed brain injury. The defendant offered $100,000 prior to trial. (Edelmann v. Playboy)

Burn Injuries

$1.3 million settlement. An apartment renter received serious scalding burns taking a shower. The temperature of the water was 160 degrees Fahrenheit. (Friedman v. Blackrock)

Spinal Cord & Neck Injuries

$11.4 million settlement plus over $2 million in worker’s compensation benefits paid. An electric forklift overturned and the battery crushed the operator, rendering him a quadriplegic. The case concerned the forklift manufacturer and several others. (Confidential)

$582,287 verdict. A worker at a tune-up shop injured his neck and underwent surgery after part of the ceiling struck him. The defendants had offered nothing prior to trial. (Reevas v. Econo Lube’N’Tune)

Wrongful Death

$5.05 million settlement. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle, leaving a wife and two children. (Confidential)

$1.14 million settlement. A family patriarch was killed by a delivery truck. The case was litigated with the assistance of another firm. The defendants had only $750,000 in insurance. (Palacios v. Cousins Carpet)

$700,000 settlement. A 46 year old man was killed when a truck struck his car. (Confidential)

Intentional Acts

$5 million default judgment. A young woman was drugged and molested by her psychologist. Collection efforts continue. (Confidential)