Northern California Personal Injury Trial Lawyers
$41.7 Million Dollar Nevada Verdict is Third Record Verdict for Firm
On May 4, 2007, a Las Vegas jury awarded Joseph Provenza the sum of $41,411,452.00, which is the largest personal injury verdict in the history of the State of Nevada. The previous high, for Nevada, was $26 Million dollars. The pretrial offer from LeMans was $600,000.
The Provenza's California trial attorneys were Joseph Carcione and Joshua Markowitz, of this office. Their Nevada trial attorneys were Robert Eglet of Las Vegas and Brad Elley of Incline Village. Pre-trial preparation was done by Gary Dolinski, Robert Bokelman, and Raymond Mueller of this office.
Joseph was horribly burned over 90% of his body (mostly 3d degree burns) exactly 6 years earlier, on May 4, 2001. At that time, Joseph was just 13-years old. While dirt bike riding in the desert, his motorcycle went over, the plastic gas tank ruptured, gasoline spilled out, and ignited. Joseph was wearing specialty clothing distributed for dirt bike riding by the LeMans Corporation under the brand name, "Thor". The jersey was cotton, and the pants were nylon. Once ignited, these types of materials burn until they are completely consumed. Clothing experts and medical doctors testified that Joseph suffered 3d degree burns from the burning clothing. In legal terms, the clothing "enhanced" the burns beyond what Joseph would have suffered had he been wearing clothing made from fire-retardant or flame resistant materials. Had he been wearing the safer clothing, he would have suffered only 1 st or 2d degree burns, which would not required the extensive medical treatments necessary for 3d degree burns.
The jury Verdict awarded damages to Joseph as follows:
- $ 4,266,600 Past medical and related expenses
- $ 7,115,370 Future medical and related expenses
- $ 2,029,482 Future loss of earning capacity
- $17,000,000 Past pain, suffering and disability
- $11,000,000 Future pain, suffering and disability
Separate from the compensation of Joseph Provenza, it is hoped by many that this significant verdict will cause the clothing industry to change its practice of using flammable materials to make childrens' dirt bike riding gear.
This is the third record verdict for the Law Offices of Carcione, Cattermole, Dolinski, Stucky, Markowitz & Carcione. In 2002, in the case of Romo v. Ford Motor Co., Stanislaus County Superior Court, ($296 Million dollars) the firm obtained the largest personal injury verdict ever upheld by an Appellate Court in the United States. In 2006 the firm obtained the largest personal injury verdict in California, for a child victim of molestation (Doe v. Zaret, Marin County Superior Court - $8.4 Million dollars). The $41.7 Million dollar verdict, referred to above (Provenza v. LeMans) is the largest compensatory damages verdict in a personal injury case in Nevada history.
$8.4 Million Dollar Verdict for Victim of Molestation
Joseph W. Carcione, Jr., and Joshua S. Markowitz obtained a $8,400,000.00 Jury Verdict for a young girl who was molested over a period of years.. The alleged molester had committed suicide so the case was pursued against his estate. A Marin County jury reached the Verdict on Thursday, August 10, 2006, after 7 weeks of trial. The defendant Estate denied the allegations and rejected reasonable settlement opportunities offered by the plaintiff. We are informed that this is the largest California jury verdict for a victim of molestation. If you want a law firm with experience, drive, and proven success, please contact the personal injury attorneys of the Carcione Law Firm, located near San Francisco and San Jose..
$440,000.00 Settlement for 72-Year Old Taxi Cab Passenger
A $440,000.00 settlement was obtained for our client who was a passenger in a taxi cab. The accident occurred in the intersection of Van Ness and Broadway in San Francisco. Both drivers alleged they entered on a green light. Gregory C. Cattermole settled the case during the first week of trial in the San Francisco County Superior Court. Mr. Cattermole obtained a settlement of $440,000.00 from the cab company and a private individual whose vehicles were involved in this collision. Mr. Cattermole's 72-year old client suffered a fracture of his right upper arm and right knee. He also suffered an aggravation of his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Mr. Cattermole obtained the settlement on July 13, 2006, after three days of Jury Selection and Pre-Trial Motions in the San Francisco County Superior Court.
If you want a law firm with experience, drive, and proven success, please contact the personal injury attorneys of the Carcione Law Firm, located near San Francisco and San Jose.
Personal Injury Attorneys - Case Results
The Law Offices of Carcione, Cattermole, Dolinski, Stucky, Markowitz & Carcione, has been committed to representing consumers and personal injury victims from its beginning. Our personal injury attorneys know the difficulties consumers face in battling powerful companies with vast resources, and we use our experience and talent to help such people win the compensation they need. Our record of success in personal injury cases is unparalleled. Our personal injury attorneys have handled over 70 cases with verdicts or settlements of over a million dollars, including a well-known case in which our client, Juan Romo, was awarded $295 million from Ford Motor Company after a rollover crash.
If you want a law firm with experience, drive, and proven success, please contact the personal injury attorneys of the Carcione Law Firm, located near San Francisco and San Jose..
Juan Ramon Romo v. Ford Motor Company*
$295,000,000 jury verdict for three deaths and injury to three surviving members of the Romo family against the Ford Motor Company. Ford was held liable for maliciously rushing the 1978 Ford Bronco to market with an unreinforced one-third steel/two-thirds plastic roof to get a foothold in the explosively growing sport utility vehicle market. Ford began marketing the car even though it was known that: (1) the Bronco would rollover more than other passenger vehicles; and (2) without steel reinforcements, the Bronco's roof would fail, resulting in death and injury to the occupants in a rollover accident. When the Romo's Bronco rolled over, as Ford knew it would, the roof broke and flattened like a pancake, killing the mother, father, and one son, and leaving the three surviving children orphans.
* More cases coming soon.