LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury has awarded $53,745,374 to two Southern California brothers who were severely injured following a head-on collision with a CRST semi-truck. The Plaintiffs were represented at trial by Brian Panish and Matthew Stumpf of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and R. Rex Parris, Bruce Schechter, Khail A. Parris, and Eric N. Wilson of PARRIS Law Firm, respectively.
"The lives of these two men were forever changed as a result of this horrific accident and the negligent employment practices of CRST," said Brian Panish. "The jury's verdict will enable the brothers to get the medical treatment they'll need to live their best lives possible while serving as a wake-up call to any company that neglects the safety of the public at large," added R. Rex Parris.
On July 7, 2014, Plaintiffs were traveling northbound on State Route 14 en route to their annual fishing trip at Mammoth Lake, California. As their vehicle approached a construction zone absent of K-rails, a CRST big rig driven by defendant Hector Contreras, crossed over the yellow line in the southbound lanes and into opposing traffic, striking the brothers' vehicle head-on.
Although Contreras admitted responsibility for the accident, jurors were called upon to decide what amount of compensatory damages the Plaintiffs deserved and whether punitive damages were warranted. The judge ruled the punitive damages should not go to the jury.
Throughout the 16 day trial, the defense adamantly argued that the brothers' injuries were less serious than described but failed to provide evidence to support their position. The jury disagreed and found in favor of the Plaintiffs, awarding a total of $53,745,374.
The defendants were represented at trial by Fred M. Blum, Michael E. Gallagher and Lisa Stevenson of Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum LLP.
John Does, et al. v. CRST Inc., et al
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles – North District
Case No. MC025288
Hon. J. Stephen Czuleger
About Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents plaintiffs in wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, product liability, mass torts, and business litigation cases. Firm attorneys are repeatedly recognized for their excellence by other trial attorneys, legal organizations and publications nationwide and have dedicated themselves to obtaining justice for clients who are often dealing with a life-altering injury, death of a family member or other challenges caused by the wrongful act of another. With this mission at the heart of its work, the firm has a proven track record of obtaining significant, and often record-breaking verdicts, including the largest personal injury verdict in United States history ($4.9 billion), a $160.5 million jury verdict for a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a vicious beating by security personnel for a nightclub, a $36.5 million jury verdict in a big rig crash that left a woman with severe spinal cord injuries, and a $32.5 million verdict for a man who suffered a below the knee amputation after being hit by a tractor trailer. The firm is consistently ranked among the best plaintiff's law firms in the country, including by U.S. News & World Report, where it has been recognized as a Tier One law firm in the areas of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation and Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation, as well as by the National Law Journal which has named the firm in its list of Elite Trial Lawyers. For more information, visit psblaw.com.
About The PARRIS Law Firm
PARRIS Law Firm has dedicated the past 33 years to representing families affected by catastrophic injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions. The experienced team at PARRIS fights tirelessly against corporate defense attorneys and insurance companies to make sure their clients are fairly compensated for their pain and suffering. PARRIS has secured numerous multi-million dollar victories for their clients, including a historic, record-breaking defamation jury verdict in Los Angeles for $370 million, a $135 million wage-and-hour class action settlement, and a $31.5 million jury verdict for their client who was catastrophically injured in a motorcycle accident. Skilled and experienced litigators, the PARRIS Law Firm counters the devastation caused by the wrongful actions of companies that resulted in great harm to the health and welfare of innocent people. Considered one of the top Personal Injury, Employment, and Environmental law firms in the country, the PARRIS Law Firm has the proven skill and track record necessary to help families in need. Recognized by top publications such as U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyer’s ® magazine, Super Lawyers®, and Top Attorney’s® in California, the PARRIS Law Firm has the clout and recognition to make a difference. Their goal is to always make sure justice is served to those whose actions put others in harm’s way. For more information, visit parrislawyers.com.