E-Newsletter Winter 2021

Homemaker v. Rural Emergency Department

In Homemaker v. Rural Emergency Department (court and county confidential), Michael A. Kelly and Christian Jagusch M.D., J.D. reached an eight figure multi-million dollar confidential settlement on behalf of a mother of two who suffered the loss of both legs due to delayed diagnosis of sepsis. Plaintiff went initially to the office of her general… read more

Octogenarian v. Commercial Construction Co.

In Octogenarian v. Commercial Construction Co. (South Bay Sup. Ct.), Douglas S. Saeltzer and Joseph A. Nicholson recovered $1,800,000 for a senior who was pinned between two cars at an intersection while trying to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk. The incident occurred at an intersection adjacent to a construction worksite intended to… read more

Patient v. National HMO

In Patient v. National HMO (confidential venue and case number), Conor M. Kelly obtained a settlement totaling $2,850,000 on behalf of a 52-year-old man whose epidural abscess went undiagnosed resulting in paralysis below the waist. The plaintiff’s complaints began with a scraped leg that subsequently developed an MRSA infection and required surgery. Following surgery the… read more

Electrician v. Trucking Company

In Electrician v. Trucking Company (North Coast Sup. Ct.), Conor M. Kelly negotiated a $1,200,000 settlement on behalf of a 62-year-old electrician whose pickup truck was struck by a tractor-trailer on Highway 37 in Sonoma County. The plaintiff was initially diagnosed with non-surgical fractures of the ribs and cervical spine, but continued to experience ongoing… read more

Mechanic v. Industrial Toolmaker

In Mechanic v. Industrial Toolmaker (Central Valley Sup. Ct.), Joseph Nicholson and Khaldoun Baghdadi negotiated a major seven figure confidential settlement on behalf of the family of a 30-year-old laborer who was crushed and killed while performing repairs to equipment at an agricultural shipping center. During maintenance of the equipment used by the shipper, the… read more

Family v. Agricultural Trust

In Family v. Agricultural Trust (Central Calif. Sup. Ct.), Douglas Saeltzer and Spencer J. Pahlke represented the surviving wife and children of a man tragically killed by an irrigation siphon pipe in the San Joaquin Delta. The decedent, his family and friends were wakeboarding on the delta when the tow rope got caught in the… read more

Patron v. Night Club

In Patron v. Night Club (court and caption confidential), Spencer J. Pahlke negotiated a settlement in the amount of $920,000 on behalf of a client who visited a Solano County nightspot to celebrate with her friends where a disturbance erupted near closing time on an outdoor patio. A club security guard acting in response to… read more

In Re: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In In Re: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (court and caption confidential), Doug Saeltzer and Doris Cheng recovered $3,100,000 on behalf of  tenants who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from their malfunctioning apartment heater. The couple fell ill with flu-like symptoms for roughly a week before being overwhelmed by fumes. With nausea and dizziness worsening they called 911…. read more

Recreational Athlete v. Race Operator

In Recreational Athlete v. Race Operator (court and caption confidential), Michael A. Kelly and Andrew P. McDevitt represented a 40-year-old Bay Area husband and father who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury while snow skiing at an out-of-state resort. For unknown reasons the injured plaintiff ended up on a trail which had been incompletely closed… read more

Customer v. Grocery Store Chain

In Customer v. Grocery Store Chain (S.F. Sup. Ct.), Valerie N. Rose negotiated a confidential six-figure settlement on behalf of a 93-year-old woman who fractured her femur after being knocked to the ground by a shoplifter fleeing a local grocery store. The defendant argued that it was not responsible for the shoplifter’s actions. Security video… read more