Case Results - Demas Law Group, P.C.

At Demas Law Group, P.C., 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.

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$2,500,000: 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 $2,000,000: 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.

$1,875,000: Bicyclist vs. Garbage Truck

Demas Law Group, P.C., 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.

$1,600,000: 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.

$1,500,000: 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.

$1,400,000: 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.

$1,300,000 Settlement (Policy Limits): UTV Roll-Over Causes Severe Injury

Demas Law Group, P.C., 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.

Liability for the incident was hotly contested, at first the insurance company claimed Jessica L. jumped off the vehicle and then argued the incident was partly the fault of Jessica. In the course of litigation, documents were discovered that the vehicle was improperly maintained and service bulletins received by the defendant were ignored.

In addition to defending against these contentions, Mr. Demas took all efforts to make the insurance company and their attorneys understand that Jessica’s injury was life-altering, and would have a life-long impact on her quality of life. The case settled after Mr. Demas served the defendant with a final statutory demand for the $1.3 million policy limits just prior to defendants’ deposition.

$1,300,000: 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.