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Bonsynat v. XYZ Company, et al.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Bonsynat v. XYZ Company, et al. (Orange County Superior Court)
Settlement: $5,900,000.00

Plaintiff suffered second and third degree burns over sixty percent of her body when her SUV flipped on the side and came skidding to a stop on the freeway. The vehicle burst into flames. Plaintiff’s sister was killed in the fire when the vehicle came to rest and before rescue. Defendants claimed plaintiff lost control of the vehicle because she was inattentive. The Plaintiff claimed that the vehicle was not stable and made it more prone to rollover and that the aftermarket gas cap leaked causing the fire injuries. There were four different defendants that contributed to the settlement.

Rosenberg v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Rosenberg v. XYZ Car Manufacturer (Los Angeles Superior Court, West District)
Settlement: $4,720,000.00

This is a late deployment airbag case. Plaintiff was a front-seat, passenger in a vehicle that loss control and was broadsided by a SUV. Plaintiff sustained traumatic brain injury. A lawsuit was filed against the driver of plaintiff’s vehicle, the owners of plaintiff’s vehicle, and the car manufacturer. Plaintiff settled all claims against all parties in the amount of $4,720,000.

Brewer v. City of Modesto

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Brewer v. City of Modesto (Stanislaus Superior Court)
Settlement: $3,500,000.00 (Roadway Design)

Plaintiff, age 5, suffered serious head injuries when his grandfather made a left-turn on a yellow light and their vehicle was broadsided by a Ford Bronco. The grandfather believed he had sufficient gap time to make the left-turn when in reality he did not. The driver of the Bronco testified that he did not see the Plaintiff’s car until it was too late. The lawsuit was brought against the City of Modesto for installing a Protected/Permissive Left-Turn signal which required motorists to make judgment calls as to the amount of gap time they have to make and clear a wide left turn. Counsel argued that it was negligent of the City to put motorists in the difficult position to judge whether they have sufficient clearance time. Counsel showed that the City knew of the design problem and could have remedied the design problem before the accident and indeed, remedied the design problem after the accident, but far too late–a case of city bureaucracy delaying important traffic safety measures far too late.

Enriquez v. John Doe Driver and XYZ Company

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Enriquez v. John Doe Driver and XYZ Company (Los Angeles Superior Court – Norwalk)
Settlement: $3,500,000.00

Deaf plaintiff pedestrian was hit by a van while crossing street mid block. Defendant contended that he could not see plaintiff until it was too late, because plaintiff was wearing dark clothing while crossing at night. The plaintiff suffered injuries including open eye comatose state. Settlement was reached one week before trial.

Rifkin v. Active Water Systems, Inc.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Rifkin v. Active Water Systems, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,235,000.00
Plaintiff sustained third degree burns to his right foot during a home steam bath. Plaintiff alleged that the steam unit was defectively designed and that the manufacturer failed to warn of the proper installation and use of the spigot. He further alleged that the contractor failed to install the steam unit appropriately, leading to his injuries. Defendants denied that they were liable. They further claimed that plaintiff was comparatively at fault for falling asleep during the steam bath.

Sida v. Ko’s Foothill Glen Apartments, Inc.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Sida v. Ko’s Foothill Glen Apartments, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $3,110,000 (Premise Liability)

Plaintiff Guadalupe Sida, age 14, suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her chest and arms when scalding water spilt on her when the stove in the apartment unit tipped over. Plaintiff sued the apartment owners alleging that they failed to installed an anti-tipping unit. The apartment owners crossed complained against the stove manufacturer.

Alvarado v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Alvarado v. XYZ Car Manufacturer (Orange County Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,200,000.00

Plaintiff suffered second and third degree burns to the face and back when a hit and run driver rearended plaintiff’s vehicle that caught fire. Plaintiff was able to locate the hit and run driver one year after the accident. Plaintiff brought suit against car manufacturer on design theory. Case settled at mediation one year into litigation.

Robinson v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Robinson v. XYZ Car Manufacturer (San Joaquin Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,225,000.00

This was a highway rollover accident when plaintiffs’ SUV swerved to avoid a car that had veered into plaintiffs’ lane of travel. The SUV struck the center median and rolled three times. The driver of the SUV died due to head injuries. The passenger was ejected and survived. The passenger sustained major head injuries. Plaintiff sued the car manufacturer for lack of crashworthiness because the roof had crushed, killing the driver. Plaintiff also claimed that a defective seat belt caused the passenger to be ejected. The manufacturer denied any liability but offered $1,225,000 to plaintiffs who accepted the offer.

McIntyre v. XYZ Hotel

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

McIntyre v. XYZ Hotel (Orange County Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,800,000.00

A retired police officer sustained third degree burns to his right foot from a steam shower in a handicapped room at a local hotel, resulting in below knee amputation. The officer suffered from neuropathy and thus, could not feel the steam burning his foot while he was in the shower for less than 15 minutes. The suit was brought against the hotel operator, hotel contractor, and the manufacturer of the steam unit. Counsel determined that the police officer was the 13th person who suffered serious injuries or had died from using the steam unit. An early settlement was reached with the manufacturer and the case proceeded against the hotel operator and contractor. The parties picked the jury before the remaining defendants agreed to settle.

Portillo v. Duvar, Inc.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Portillo v. Duvar, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court, Central)
Settlement: $1,175,000.00 (Industrial Accident)

A subcontractor employee suffered third degree burns to 30% of his body when a rebar that he was carrying came in contact with an electrical power line. The employer did not carry worker’s compensation insurance. The lawsuit was brought against his employer (and its multi-alter egos), the general contractor, and the owner. Although the incident occurred in Los Angeles, depositions were taken in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. Factors that mitigated the settlement amount was the fact that the employee was an undocumented worker and thus, no loss of wage claim was made and there was limited insurance.

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