Sample Settlements and Verdicts
At Demas Law Group, we are committed to representing our clients to the fullest extent possible and to maximizing their monetary recovery. Many of the settlements we have achieved for our clients are confidential in nature and cannot be disclosed to the public. However, we have compiled the following representative list of non-confidential settlements and verdicts. Keep in mind that the facts are never exactly the same in any two cases, and each case is as unique as the individuals who are the parties to a lawsuit. The results in each case will vary accordingly.
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Below is a sample of our firm’s verdicts and settlements. Please click on the links to view the details of each case.
$5,475,000: Mediated Settlement – Motor Vehicle Collision
Our client, Ken H., was seriously injured in a car collision in Sacramento County. When the accident occurred, Ken had just entered an intersection on a green light and was hit on the driver’s side by a woman driving a company car. The impact was significant. Ken was unconscious at the scene and was rushed to the emergency room. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a head injury and a fracture in his neck vertebrae that required surgery. At the time of the collision, Ken was an extremely active 75-year-old man who raced motorcycles and worked part-time. This accident significantly impacted his health and quality of life.
$4.5 Million: Jury Verdict – Auto Accident Case / Back Injury
Our client, Tim F., was stopped for traffic on the freeway when he was rear-ended by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Officer. Tim was a 48-year-old man who had worked for over twenty years as a construction estimator. Prior to the collision with the Sheriff’s Officer, Tim had had four prior low back surgeries. However, his last surgery was over ten years before the subject collision. Following the collision, and an unsuccessful course of physical therapy and non-surgical treatment, Tim decided to have another back surgery to treat his injuries. Unfortunately, his back surgery did not provide the relief he was hoping for and he continued to have significant low back pain.
Tortured Teen Represented by Demas Law Group Awarded $4 Million
This groundbreaking case presented a number of challenges, but attorney John Demas was committed to answering our client Kyle’s call for help and ensuring that local and state agencies were held accountable for their negligence. After a hard fought battle, both the Sacramento CPS and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department were ordered to pay a record $4 million settlement to Kyle for their systematic failure to protect him. This was not only a first in the state but also a first for the law firm.
Over $4,000,000: Confidential Product Liability Settlement
Confidential settlement reached in complex product liability case involving severe injury to a young man’s leg. Part of the settlement agreement required that the details of this case be kept confidential. Therefore, we are not able to share any additional information about this particular case.9. Over $4,000,000: Confidential Product Liability Settlement – Confidential settlement reached in complex product liability case involving severe injury to a young man’s leg. Part of the settlement agreement required that the details of this case be kept confidential. Therefore, we are not able to share any additional information about this particular case.
Multiple Millions: Class Action Product Liability / Defective Breast Implants
We represented a couple hundred women in a class action case against various manufacturers of silicone breast implants. The litigation spanned several years and eventually the major manufacturers agreed to a global settlement of over four billion dollars. As part of the settlement process, we obtained medical records for each of our clients and arranged for them to be evaluated by well- qualified physicians. We had the physicians prepare detailed medical reports, focusing specifically on the criteria outlined in the terms of the settlement agreement. We submitted the reports and in the cases that the settlement administrator disagreed with our assessment, we challenged their findings with remarkable success rates. In nearly every case, we were able to obtain the maximum allowable recovery for our respective client’s injuries.
$3 Million: Bicycle vs. Commercial Truck Collision/Brain Injury
Attorney John Demas represented George H. in a bicycle accident that occurred in Sacramento County. Our client was riding his bicycle through an intersection when the driver of a commercial van entered the intersection unsafely and struck him. The case was litigated aggressively. The commercial van’s insurance company claimed that our client bore some responsibility for the collision because he was riding on the wrong side of the road and was not wearing a bicycle helmet. In addition, the case posed significant challenges because our client was homeless at the time of the collision and a long-time drug user.
$2.5 Million: Jury Verdict – Wrongful Death Case / Trucking Accident
John N. Demas represented the two sisters (Rosa S. & Leticia H.) in a wrongful death case. The case arose from a motor-vehicle collision on Highway 12 in Tuolumne County. The driver of the vehicle was Pedro H., 76. His wife, Mrs. H., was a passenger. The vehicle was traveling east-bound on Highway 12 when a tractor-trailer rig, operated by an employee of Diestel Turkey Ranch, pulled out of a Diestel farm and turned right on Highway 12. Pedro H.’s vehicle struck the left side of the tractor-trailer rig. The impact killed Mrs. H. and seriously injured Pedro H. Six months later, Pedro H. died of a heart attack. After a three-week trial and five days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of over $2,500,000 for Leticia and Rosa, and found Diestel and its driver 70% at fault for causing the collision. This was a record-breaking verdict in Tuolumne County.
Over $2 Million: Product Liability Case / Nationwide Fen-PHEN Litigation
We represented several clients in the nationwide diet-drug litigation known as Fen-Phen. The defendant manufacturer was American Home Products, who ultimately agreed to a multi-billion dollar settlement. We had our clients evaluated by board-certified cardiologists who prepared detailed reports that we submitted for evaluation. Because of our hard-work in preparing detailed medical records and evidence of the harm caused, many of our clients’ claims were approved at the highest-level of compensation.
Multiple Millions: Product Liability / Defective Tire
John Demas co-represented a brother and sister who were involved in a major motor vehicle collision. Our clients were driving on highway 70 in Sutter County in a Geo Metro when an F350 pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction came across the road and collided with our clients’ vehicle. The collision demolished our clients’ vehicle and left them both with multiple severe orthopedic injuries and internal organ damage. Moreover, the sister sustained traumatic brain injury. A thorough and lengthy investigation of the collision revealed that it was caused by a tire failure on the pickup truck. We hired the best-qualified experts to evaluate the cause of the accident, including the issues with the tire in question, as well as the extent and long-term effects of our client’s injuries. After months of negotiations, the case settled on the third day of trial in an amount significant enough to allow our clients, now unable to work, to live comfortably and to receive the lifelong medical care they will need.
$1.875 Million: Bicyclist vs. Garbage Truck
Demas Law Group client Stephen M. suffered a life-altering injury when he was struck by a City Garbage truck while riding his bicycle in Downtown Sacramento. That morning, Stephen was cycling to work down the left side of a one-way street, approaching an intersection, when without warning a garbage truck in the lane next to him made a swift left turn directly into Stephen. Stephen was thrown forward over the handlebars of his bike. As his left hand hit the pavement it was crushed under the weight of the garbage truck’s front tire. Attorney John Demas was ultimately successful in proving the City of Sacramento’s liability and secured a substantial settlement for Stephen M.
$1.6 Million: Jury Verdict – Negligence Case / Back Injury
Our client, Eric D. Was a relatively inexperienced tow-truck driver, called to jump start a car that was parked in a home garage. When he got to the home, Eric D. realized his jumper cables would not reach the car battery. He, therefore, had to physically push the car out of the garage and down the slightly sloped driveway. When Eric D. Went in the garage, he realized he had to be particularly careful because the garage was narrow. The trial was hotly contested. The defendant tried to blame Eric D. for causing his own injury. He also tried to blame Eric D’s employer for not properly training him and for not having a portable charger. Eric’s injury led him to have a single level back surgery and ultimately the placement of an electrical stimulator in his low back. The stimulator provided significant relief, but he continued to have low back pain, and had to be retrained because he could not work as a tow truck driver again. After a nearly three week trial, Mr. Demas was able to convince the jury that the defendant was responsible. The jury returned a verdict of $1,600,000 for Eric D. It was one of the largest personal injury verdicts ever returned in Riverside County.
$1.5 Million: Wrongful Death Case / Trucking Accident
Attorney John Demas represented Ruth M. and her two daughters, the surviving family of decedent Tom M. Tom was on his first week of work as a truck driver and lived in the Sacramento area. A few weeks before the trucking accident, he graduated from truck driving school and had obtained his commercial driver’s license. He was embarking on a new career after having been unemployed for a couple of years. Tom had a young family and was excited about beginning his new career in the trucking industry. The case was litigated vigorously. John took a number of depositions in the case, including from the training and safety directors of the defendant’s trucking company, and revealed a lack of adequate training and supervision. In addition, John retained a top-notch accident-reconstruction expert. The defendants refused to offer any money throughout the pendency of the case. On the first day of trial, the defendants began engaging in settlement discussions, and the case resolved for $1,500,000 – a significant amount in light of the difficult liability issues in the case.
$1.4 Million: Product Liability Confidential Settlement
Defective product causes severe arm and hand injury leading to significant settlement. Part of the settlement agreement required that the details of this case be kept confidential. Therefore, we are not able to share any additional information about this particular case.
$1.3 Million Settlement (Policy Limits): UTV Roll-Over Causes Severe Injury
Demas Law Group client, Jessica L., sustained a severe injury to her left ankle and leg while riding as a passenger in a UTV. The defendant driver was carelessly operating the vehicle, causing the vehicle to lose control and roll on its side.
$1.3 Million: Wrongful Death Settlement / Electrocution
On a beautiful summer night, Katherine F. and her 9-year-old daughter, Victoria, went to a local car wash in Sacramento to vacuum their car. While her mom was cleaning the car, Victoria got out of the car and walked around. She walked a few feet from the car and grabbed a light pole. As soon as she grabbed the pole, Victoria was killed instantly. An autopsy later revealed that she had been electrocuted by the light pole. The case settled shortly before trial for $1,300,000, one of the largest wrongful death settlements for a minor child in Sacramento County.
Over $1,000,000: Elder Abuse / Nursing Home Case
An elderly resident in Sacramento was placed in a nursing home when her medical condition worsened and her care became difficult. Her family spent considerable time researching different homes, and felt the one they chose for their mother was the best facility in Sacramento. Within a couple of weeks of being at the home, the nursing home changed the mattress on the woman’s bed. Unfortunately, the wrong size mattress was placed on her bed, leaving a gap or wedge between the mattress and the bed frame. One morning, the elderly woman was found dead, lying in that wedge. An autopsy revealed she had passed from asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen. The heirs of the woman contacted attorney John Demas to help them. Mr. Demas discovered this problem was more prevalent than people realized and that patients in nursing homes around the country were at risk. He retained the best bed rail expert and a pathologist to prove the defendants were negligent. The case settled shortly before trial, and Mr. Demas obtained a significant (confidential) settlement against the nursing home and the manufacturer of the mattress. The case generated a large amount of local and national publicity.
$1,000,000 (Policy Limits): Pedestrian Accident / Fracture Injury
Maria was a 55-year-old cleaning lady who made it her practice to walk to work every day. On her way home from work one day, she was walking along the sidewalk when the driver of a tool truck pulled out of a parking lot without looking and hit her. The truck driver did not realize he had struck Maria and dragged her nearly twenty-five feet until he finally stopped in the middle of the street. Maria was seriously injured and suffered broken ribs, a broken leg, a fractured knee cap, and had scarring on the lower part of her legs.
$1,000,000 Truck vs. Car Collision / Neck Injury
In this case, attorney John Demas was asked by another attorney to assist with prosecuting the client’s case. Our client was a 78-year-old man who was rear-ended by a large security truck near Walnut Creek. He was taken by ambulance to a Kaiser hospital, where surgeons decided to do a fusion surgery to his neck. The defendant insurance company questioned the decision for surgery and claimed that it was not necessary. Despite being brought into the case close to the trial date, attorney John Demas was able to hire two top-notch expert witnesses that conclusively established the need for the surgery. With the involvement of John Demas on the case, the insurance company ultimately offered four times more than their original offer and the case was settled shortly before trial.
$1,000,000 (Policy Limits): Construction Site Accident / Shoulder & Back Injuries
Scott S. was working for a large company selling roof trusses and supervising their installation. He was working at a construction site, supervising the installation of roof trusses on a Staybridge Hotel. The general contractor of the project hired a Sacramento crane company to move the trusses from the flat-bed trucks they were being delivered in onto the top of the hotel. the crane company sent an inexperienced crane operator to work at the site, alongside the more experienced operator that was working with Scott. The first time the inexperienced operator got on the forklift and approached the flat-bed truck that Scott was standing on, he came in too fast and knocked Scott off the truck. The impact also caused a load of trusses to come off the truck, pinning Scott to the ground and severely injuring his shoulders and low back. Scott was fortunate to survive. Defendants were confident they would prevail in the case and never offered any money to settle, until we got close to trial. At mediation, Mr. Demas used cutting-edge technology to demonstrate how the collision occurred and showed video-taped deposition testimony of the defendants contradicting themselves. Within ten days of the mediation, the insurance company for the crane company agreed to pay their $1,000,000 policy limit.
$700,000 Car Accident / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
We represented a 27-year-old woman who was stopped at a red light when the defendant rear-ended the car directly behind her, pushing it into her vehicle. The property damage to our client’s vehicle was minor, but ultimately her injuries were serious. Immediately following the collision, our client felt pain in her left foot. However, she thought nothing of it initially as she focused more on her neck and back injuries. Eventually, the pain in her foot increased and she saw a podiatrist and pain specialist. Her foot pain continued to get worse and she was referred to a specialist who treats Complex Regional Pain Syndrome patients. This syndrome was known for years as Reflex Sympathy Disorder. It is a very painful condition – typically involving limbs – that usually starts with a minor trauma to the area.
$600,000: Auto-Truck Accident / Bone Fractures
The defendant, a landscape company owner on his way home from work, failed to see our client and made a left turn directly in front of him. Our client’s vehicle sustained major damage and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Although liability was fairly clear, the defendants did try to raise an issue by claiming our client failed to have his headlights on and was not wearing a seat belt.
$500,000: Wrongful Death Case – Child
Client:Black W. & A.; County: Yolo
We represented the parents of a two-year-old girl who was killed when she was run over by a van. The defendants argued that they were not negligent because the defendant driver could not see the girl.
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$500,000: Bus vs. Bicycle Collision / Leg Injury
We represented a homeless woman who was hit by a bus while riding her bicycle in a crosswalk. Our client was riding her bicycle at night without any reflective lighting on her bicycle, as required by the California Vehicle Code.
$500,000 (Policy Limits): Auto Accident / Wrist Fracture
Nicole was a 23-year-old woman who was injured when a reckless driver made a left turn directly in front of her. Nicole’s only injury was to her left wrist. When her airbag activated, it struck Nicole’s left hand, fracturing her wrist at two different locations.
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