The Plaintiff sustained a severe electrical shock when his alluminum painting pole came in contact with a live electrical line which was placed too low in violation of OSHA standards.
$300,000 - Motocycle driver was cut off by a driver on the freeway
A 53 year old Motorcycle rider was cut off by a driver on the freeway causing him to fall and severely fracture his ankle which required surgery. The client worked for the County of Riverside as a psychiatric facility technician and was off work for over 6 months. Initially the insurance carrier for the other party denied the claim as it alleged that the client was "splitting lanes", which in California is actually legal. Russell & Lazarus initiated an investigation and obtained witness statements which were sufficient to convince the insurance company to accept liability. Although the client had a good recovery, with the only residual issue being a slight deformity and discoloration of his ankle, the claim resolved for $300,000 soon after the lawsuit was filed.
$650,000 - Woman was hit while crossing in a crosswalk
A 42 year old woman was struck by a car while she was crossing the street in a cross walk. She sustained serious injuries.