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Minh Tri Nguyen

Minh Nguyen’s Legal Cases

14 total


  • Brewer v. City of Modesto

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 24, 2004
    Outcome:
    $3,500,000
    Description:
    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.
  • McIntyre v. XYZ Hotel

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $1,800,000
    Description:
    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.

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $1,175,000.00
    Description:
    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.
  • Robinson v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Outcome:
    $1,225,000.00
    Description:
    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.
  • Rosenberg v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Outcome:
    $4,720,000.00
    Description:
    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.
  • Hanson v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Outcome:
    $1,225,000.00
    Description:
    This was an overly aggressive passenger air bag case, coupled with a lack of sensor. Plaintiff was a police officer whose vehicle was broadsided. Upon the initial impact, plaintiff was thrown from the driver seat to the passenger seat with his torso across the center console area. A second impact occurred with the police cruiser and a brick wall which set off the passenger air bag. The air bag caused traumatic brain injury to the officer. The officer lived for about three years before succumbing to his injuries. The officer’s family sued the other driver and the vehicle manufacturer.
  • John Doe 1, John Doe 2, and John Doe 3 v. Ace of Hearts, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $850,000.00
    Description:
    This was a dog bite case. Ace of Hearts was a dog rescue agency. Ace gave an American bull dog named Nemo to Foster Owner #1. Nemo attacked and mauled Foster Owner #1's mother. After the attack, Foster Owner #1 returned the dog to Ace after Ace threatened to sue FO#1 if he euthanized the dog. Upon Nemo’s return, Ace gave the dog to Foster Owner #2 without disclosing the first mauling. FO #2 took the dog to Denver where it attacked and mauled a 4 year old girl. The dog was then returned to Ace. Ace then gave Nemo to Roommate #1 to care for the dog while Ace located a permanent home. Ace did not disclose the two prior attacks. While in the care of Roommate #1, the dog attacked Roommate #2 and Roommate #3. The rescue agency never told the roommates that the dog was sick and had previously attacked the nurse. Roommates #2 and #3 sued the agency for their personal injuries. Roommate #2 sustained a torn extensor tendon which required surgery. His medical bills were about $25,000. Roommate #3 sustained a bite on the leg. He incurred about $1,500 in medical bills. Ace then turned around and sued Roommate #1, claiming that Roommate #1 agreed to defend and indemnify Ace if it was ever sued. Roommate #1 counter-sued the agency for fraud for lying to him about the dog’s history, because Ace made an affirmative statement that it knew of no dangerous history of the dog. Incredibly, after the mauling of Victim #3 and Victim #4, the agency attempted to rehabilitate the dog again. It gave the dog to a kennel. Ace did not tell the kennel about the prior four attacks. Accordingly, the dog attacked and mauled two kennel workers, Victim #5 and Victim #6, sending both men to the hospital. One of the last two victims was hospitalized for over a week. After this attack, the dog was finally euthanized.
  • Jane Doe 1, a Minor, Her Mother, & Sister v. Ace of Hearts, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $750,000.00
    Description:
    This was a dog bite case. Ace of Hearts was a dog rescue agency. The plaintiffs were a 4 year girl who was bitten by the dog and her mother and sister who witnessed the mauling. Ace gave an American bull dog named Nemo to Foster Owner #1. Nemo attacked and mauled Foster Owner #1's mother. After the attack, Foster Owner #1 returned the dog to Ace after Ace threatened to sue FO#1 if he euthanized the dog. Upon Nemo’s return, Ace gave the dog to Foster Owner #2 without disclosing the first mauling. FO #2 took the dog to Denver where it attacked and mauled plaintiff. Plaintiffs sued the rescue agency for negligence and for trying to rehabilitate a sick animal. Plaintiff sustained multiple bite wounds to her buttocks and pelvic. Fortunately there were no permanent damages other than scars. She sustained $18,000 in medical bills. Her mother and sister made claims for emotional distress. The case settled within one year of contacting plaintiff counsel.
  • Estate of Frank Fernando v. R&J Trucking, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Outcome:
    $1,000,000.00
    Description:
    This was a truck versus motorcycle case. Defendant truck driver made an unsafe lane change and caused decedent to lose control of his motorcycle. He died, leaving behind a wife, three step-children, and one biological son. The case settled for the policy limits of the truck.
  • Goeschel v. North Orange County Regional Occupational Program

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $950,000.00
    Description:
    Plaintiff was a nursing student in the NOCROP program. An unusual heavy rain storm hit Southern California in December 2008. A roof drain was clogged at the school building which lead to a pooling of water. The weight of the water caused the roof to collapse onto students in the building. Plaintiff sustained a neck injury which required a cervical fusion. Plaintiff contended that during the aftermath of the collapsed, she slipped and fell and injured her neck. Defendant disputed the extent of the injury and claimed that other parties were responsible for preventing the roof from collapsing. Over 25 depositions were taken in this case.