Our clients are our biggest advocates. There’s a lot of injury lawyers in Sacramento County, however not all of them have the track record of O’Brien & Zehnder. OZ LAW has won over ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS for accident injury victims. Scroll below to check out our Personal Injury settlement victories.
$7 MILLION GUN SHOT VICTIM INJURY CLAIM
Elk Grove-based attorney John O’Brien represented a man rendered quadriplegic (paralyzed) in a shooting. He obtained a judgment of $7 million against the responsible party.
$450K CRANE OPERATOR INJURY CLAIM
The Elk Grove-based O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm obtained a $450K settlement for a roofer who broke both of his feet because a crane operator failed to properly place trusses on the second story of the building.
$1.3 MILLION GREYHOUND BUS ACCIDENT CASE
In December 2013, the Elk Grove-based O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm settled the claims of three injured passengers aboard a Greyhound bus that crashed near Fresno. The clients suffered injuries ranging from a broken pelvis, broken leg and torn shoulder ligaments, to facial lacerations and soft tissue neck and back injuries. The case resolved at mediation collectively for all three clients for $1.3 million.
$2 MILLION FATAL TRUCK ACCIDENT CLAIM
In January 2016, the Elk Grove-based O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm settled a case for the parents of a deceased 22-year-old exchange student from China. On April 10, 2014, the student was riding his bicycle on the way to class at San Marcos College in Southern California when he came to a stop at a busy intersection. When the crosswalk light turned green for him to proceed, he started across the intersection. At the same time, a cement truck immediately to his left was preparing to a make a right hand turn across the crosswalk. The driver of the cement truck was looking to his left to clear traffic before initiating the right-hand turn against a red light. In that same moment, the light turned green, and our client started across. The cement truck driver either never looked to his right or simply could not see our client in his blind spot as he started his turn. The truck struck and killed our client about 6 feet from the curb.
The responding investigators from the local sheriffs’ department concluded that the accident was our client’s fault despite multiple eyewitness testimony to the contrary. In what was clearly a biased conclusion based on favoring a local business over a foreign student, the officers concluded that our client was not paying attention when he crossed “in front of the truck” and was wearing ear buds and riding his bike in a crosswalk in violation of local ordinances. After entering the case, we established that the truck driver initiated his right-hand turn without looking to see if the crosswalk was clear and that the student cyclist was not at fault in causing the accident. The case resolved for the defendant’s insurance policy limit of $2 million.
$2.5 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH TRUCKING ACCIDENT
In January 2012, the Elk Grove-based O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm started trial against a trucking company in a case involving the wrongful death a 20-year-old man who was riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by a close friend, who was also killed. The driver of the semi-truck blew a tire. Instead of waiting for assistance on the side of the highway, he decided to execute an illegal u-turn across Highway 152 near Gilroy.
With no warning and insufficient sight distance for oncoming traffic, the driver was sprawled across the road in the middle of the u-turn when our client’s car hit the trailer at 60 mph and submarined under the side, killing both front seat occupants and severely injuring an occupant riding in the back seat. The case settled right before opening statements for $2.5 million for each injured victim or their families.
$900K CAR CRASH INJURY LAWSUIT
This case arises out of a high-speed, rear-end motor vehicle collision that occurred on December 5, 2014 in Vacaville, California. Plaintiff was injured when his 1999 Honda Accord was struck at a high rate of speed by a 2011 Dodge Ram 5500 Tow Truck. The injuries sustained in the collision ultimately caused plaintiff, who was only 29 years old at the time, to require a sacroiliac joint fusion surgery, in addition to more conservative measures such as sacroiliac joint injections, lumbar facet blocks, lumbar epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, and radio-frequency ablation. Although the eventual surgery was a success, plaintiff continued to suffer from symptoms related to the incident and will require future medical treatment. The case eventually settled at mediation for $900K.
$430K TRIAL VICTORY OVER ALLSTATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
In 2012, Elk Grove-based attorney John M. O’Brien obtained a $430K jury verdict in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of a 46-year-old woman injured in an auto accident. The case was tried to a jury before Judge Brian Van Camp.
The plaintiff struck a car which was making a left-hand turn. The defendant, a 20-year-old woman, admitted that she made the left-turn although she couldn’t see into the plaintiff’s lane. The defendant was insured by Allstate with a $100K policy. Mr. O’Brien offered to settle for the policy limit three different times on behalf of his client.
After the crash, the plaintiff complained of chest pain, shortness of breath, spinal and left hip pain and was taken to the emergency room. After seeing several doctors, she discovered she had suffered a herniated disc requiring surgery. One year later, she had the herniated disk surgery which was a complete success. After the surgery, Allstate offered the policy limit, but Mr. O’Brien declined.
Mr. O’Brien took the auto accident injury case to trial. After a full day of deliberations, the jury came back at $430K and apportioned 20% of the fault to the plaintiff.
Allstate appealed the decision, and after more than three years, the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision and upheld the jury’s award. In February 2016, more than five years after she was initially injured, our client finally received the justice to which she had been entitled to for so long.
$750K AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIM
Elk Grove-based attorney John O’Brien obtained a policy limit settlement in an automobile accident case for a woman with a herniated disc that required surgery.
$1.4 MILLION INJURY CLAIM AGAINST WALMART
The Elk Grove-based O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm obtained a $1.4 million jury verdict in federal court against Walmart in a falling merchandise case.
$2 MILLION WORK SITE INJURY CLAIM
Elk Grove-based personal injury lawyer John M. O’Brien obtained a $2 million policy limit settlement for a man who was severely injured at a work site in Modesto.
$400K ELDER ABUSE CASE
Plaintiff was an 83-year-old woman who was suffering from the early onset of dementia when defendants involved plaintiff in a risky real estate transaction that resulted in plaintiff’s eventual default of a $500K interest-only mortgage on her primary residence and threatened foreclosure. Elk Grove-based attorney John O’Brien filed a lawsuit against a nationally prominent real estate broker and mortgage company alleging financial elder abuse. The case was mediated before Retired federal judge Raul Ramirez and was settled for $400K.
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