Rancho Cucamonga Jury Verdict: Right to $1M Judgment against State Farm Insurance Company for Young Mother

Nicholas C. Rowley of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, assisted by Steven King and Robert Rodriguez, Jr., won a Rancho Cucamonga jury verdict amount of $800,500.00 with the right to a $1,000,000.00 judgment on February 23, 2012. Nicholas represented a mother of two in her twenties who suffers from chronic soft tissue injury as the result of a July 15, 2009 Ontario intersection car accident.

State Farm Insurance Company, the insurance carrier of the defendant, Guy MacKnight, offered $1,400.00 and refused to fairly negotiate. In helping to prove the legitimacy and severity of soft tissue injuries, which are typically treated and demonstrated as “frivolous” by insurance companies, this definitive case serves as a foundation for plaintiff lawyers throughout California to take a stand and try these cases with perseverance and diligence.

After the vehicle accident, in which the plaintiff held no fault in causing, she received conservative physical therapy, which helped her neck to get better; however, her lower back did not. She became pregnant and went 11 months without receiving any medical treatment or making back complaints to any medical providers. It was her belief that caring for the well-being of her child came first, so much so that she sacrificed her own health for the sake of her baby. After the woman’s child was born, her lower back pain from the crash persisted, causing her to have two epidurals for the pain.

The defense argued that the plaintiff only suffered a minor sprain injury that should have healed with twelve physiotherapy visits. The defense further argued that the minor injuries and lower back disc protrusions were degenerative and not brought about by the crash. However, when cross-examining the defense medical experts, who receive thousands, if not millions, of dollars a year by testifying for defense cases, Nicholas highlighted the inaccuracies in the doctor’s testimony, eventually getting the doctor to agree with his points on the plaintiff’s medical condition and its connection to the vehicle collision.

Nicholas tried the case in two days of court-time and was described as one witness to the trial as “[owning] the tough parts of the case, dealing with the high paid defense experts essentially calling his client and the treating physicians liars.” By having a conversation with the jury and being personable, Nicholas made a connection, “owned the courtroom, and showed no sense of nervousness” according to the same witness.

Nicholas and the tenacious legal team at the California personal injury law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley always put their clients first. Our attorneys make a point to give each and every one of our clients the personal attention they need so we can fully understand the pain they are going through to best help them in making their case successful. Armed to win, we have extensive legal experience and knowledge to hold negligent parties liable and obtain full and just compensation for our clients. To learn more about our firm, please visit http://czrlaw.com or call 213-514-8332 to learn more about your legal rights.