Jury Awards Victim $150 Million in CA Truck Accident Case
$150 million – Largest personal injury verdict in California history
The Law Offices of Brian Brandt has obtained some of the largest verdicts for personal injury victims in California and throughout the country. Since becoming a lawyer in 1987, attorney Brian Brandt has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and their families.
These large sums serve a vital purpose. Brian has seen the toll that accidents can take on victims and their families. He knows that getting the highest settlements and verdicts possible can help them rebuild their lives. In most cases, the money obtained for accident victims goes toward their medical expenses and lost income due to not being able to work for weeks or months – or perhaps ever again – after an accident.
The sizable settlements and verdicts we obtain also send a strong message. When an accident is caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of another person or corporation, our job is to help send a loud and clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated anywhere in California.
The following verdicts and settlements represent some of our most noteworthy case results, including the largest wrongful death verdict in the history of California. These settlements and verdicts include:
- $150.75 million wrongful death verdict
- $23.4 million for car accident victim
- $4.5 million for medical malpractice
- $1.5 million for medical malpractice
- $1.5 million for premises liability accident victim
- $1.3 million for motorcycle accident victim
- $1.3 million for motorcycle accident victim
Negotiating with insurance companies or taking a case to trial takes a tremendous amount of skill. You don’t want to risk going it alone if you are dealing with a serious injury or the death of a loved one. Let Brian step up for you. The insurance companies know him and understand he will fight to get the compensation his clients deserve.
Accident cases are not just about getting money. They’re about helping people. At The Law Offices of Brian Brandt, we will treat you with dignity and respect. This starts during your free initial consultation with us when we take the time to learn about what makes your case unique. We will listen to you and determine what you need to rebuild your life after being injured.
Contact us. Call 800.983.4467 to schedule an appointment. We also can visit you in your home or your hospital room. Let us know where you would like us to meet you.
Case results by category for The Law Offices of Brian Brandt
Some of our notable settlements and verdicts have been organized into some of the most common types of personal injury accidents in California. These include:
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Elder Abuse
- $23,400,000.00 – Auto Rollover
- $1,000,000.00 – Defective Tire
- $1,300,000.00 – Motorcycle Accident
- $900,000.00 – Motor Vehicle Accident
- $825,000.00 – Tire Defect
- $750,000.00 – Auto Collision
- $750,000.00 – Auto v. Pedestrian
- $650,000.00 – Auto Collision
- $450,000.00 – Auto Collision
- $310,000.00 – Auto Accident
- $300,000.00 – Auto Collision
- $110,000.00 – Auto Collision
- $100,000.00 – Auto Accident
- Brian Brandt Wins $150 Million Verdict for Young Client.
The Law Offices of Brian Brandt, representing the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit, fought vigorously for a young victim and her brother, who was 14 years old when he died on June 6, 2013. On November 22, 2009, her and her brother witnessed both parents as well as their 14-year-old brother, burn to death in a horrific truck collision on the 210 Freeway, just east of the Sunland Boulevard exit in Southern California.
A truck driver, who was driving for Watsonville-based Bhandal Bros. Trucking Inc., had pulled his 18-wheeler off the 210 Freeway and onto the shoulder. He did not turn on the lights of the truck or put out reflectors when he stopped. The family was driving in a GMC Yukon, pulling a utility trailer. At approximately 5 a.m., the father hit a piece of debris, causing the left front tire of the trailer to blow out. In an attempt to make an emergency stop, he pulled onto the shoulder of the freeway and crashed into the back of the Bhandal Bros. Truck. The three victims-the parents and young son-became trapped when the vehicle got stuck under the truck. Only the girl and her brother managed to escape through a broken rear window before the Yukon caught fire.
A motorist who stopped to help tried using a fire extinguisher, dousing the engine with dirt, and calling authorities twice. The motorist also attempted to free the mother, who was pleading for her life, but the fire spread quickly and engulfed the vehicle. During this entire frightening ordeal, the truck driver remained in the truck’s cab.
As lead counsel, Orange County lawyer Brian Brandt brought a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the young girl and her brother, with her as successor-in-interest following her brother’s death. Recovery was also sought for negligent infliction of emotional distress because of watching her family members burn to death.
The Law Offices of Brian Brandt filed suit against the driver and Bhandal Bros. Trucking Inc., with Carolina Casualty as the insurance carrier. The case went to trial, and Brian called countless witnesses, including a tire engineer, highway safety engineer, neurologist, trucking expert, accident reconstructionist, psychologist, and economist. The truck driver, who had his license for two years at the time of the fatal crash, told the jury at least three different stories as to why he had pulled over on the side of the freeway, including having to sleep, having to urinate, and suffering from a headache. The jury did not find him credible, and in closing arguments, Brian asked for $130 million in damages due to the negligent actions of the driver.
The jury deliberated for three days and found the defendants fully at fault. The jury returned with a significant verdict of $150,750,000 in favor of the plaintiff; this verdict included $8.75 million awarded to the young girl. Brian obtained a verdict that was $20 million more than originally requested. Thanks to the continued work of The Law Offices of Brian Brandt, her financial future is taken care of, and the defendants have been held accountable for their negligent actions.
- $1,300,000.00 – Motorcycle Accident Victim
- $1,300,000.00 – Motorcycle v. Auto
- $175,000.00 – Motorcycle Accident
- $1,500,000.00 – Premises Liability
- $276,000.00 – Premises Liability
- $4,500,000.00 – Brian Obtains Settlement for Victim of Medical Malpractice
Brian Brandt recently assisted a family whose child suffered a birth injury as a result of the failure of her OB/GYN to properly monitor his patient’s pregnancy and induce her delivery. Fortunately, this amazing child has two wonderful and loving parents who now also have the financial resources to provide the best possible care for their son now in the future.
Other medical negligence verdicts and settlements
- $1,500,000.00 – Medical Malpractice
- $1,500,000.00 – Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer
- $500,000.00 – Medical Malpractice
- $390,000.00 – Medical Malpractice
- $310,000.00 – Medical Malpractice
- $125,000.00 – Medical Malpractice
- $785,000.00 – Elder Abuse