LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Headline of release should read: Panish Shea & Boyle LLP And Wilshire Law Firm, PLC Announce $17.1 Million Verdict Against Southland Transit, Inc. For Man Hit By Bus (sted Panish Shea & Boyle LLP And Wilshire Law Firm, PLC Announce $17.1 Million Verdict For Man Hit By Bus).
The corrected release reads:
PANISH SHEA & BOYLE LLP AND WILSHIRE LAW FIRM, PLC ANNOUNCE $17.1 MILLION VERDICT AGAINST SOUTHLAND TRANSIT, INC. FOR MAN HIT BY BUS
On Monday evening, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded an 85-year-old man $17,120,662 for injuries he sustained when he was hit by a Southland Transit Inc. bus resulting in the amputation of his right leg. The jury also found that the defendant bus company acted with malice, thus warranting the imposition of punitive damages. The plaintiff was represented at trial by Tom Schultz, Spencer Lucas and Brian Panish of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and Bobby Saadian of Wilshire Law Firm, PLC.
On August 27, 2012, Julio Huayanca was crossing the street in a designated crosswalk when he was hit by a Southland Transit Inc. bus that was attempting to turn left through the crosswalk and failed to yield to pedestrians. The 36,500 pound bus came to a rest on top of Mr. Huayanca’s legs, causing him catastrophic injuries and ultimately resulting in the amputation of his right leg. Mr. Huayanca, who had lived independently in his own apartment prior to the collision, was hospitalized for 10-weeks and now must live in a skilled nursing facility confined to a wheelchair.
During the litigation, it was discovered that the Southland Transit bus driver had 3 accidents in the 6 years before he hit Mr. Huayanca, had not received adequate driver training (even after receiving poor driving evaluations from his supervisor), and had failed to complete the state and federal minimum of 8 hours of annual driver training. Despite this, Southland Transit refused to admit liability for the accident until 6-weeks before trial.
“Julio and his family showed great courage in taking this case to trial against great odds. Hopefully the significance of the verdict and the malice finding by the jury have been heard in the boardroom of Southland so that changes in its corporate policies will occur. We are proud to have represented Julio and hope that he can now focus on the healing process,” stated Mr. Huayanca’s attorney Tom Schultz.
Julio Huayanca v. Southland Transit, Inc.
Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County
Hon. Marc Marmaro, Los Angeles Superior Court, Dept. 37
Case No. KC065149