Surgeon cuts nerve
A surgeon cut a woman's recurrent laryngeal nerve resulting in a paralyzed vocal cord with loss of career as a management trainer (Juarez v. Smith, San Bernardino County Superior Court).
Family Rights Act violated
A shop foreman was terminated after requesting unpaid medical leave to undergo surgery (Kopp v. Elk Grove Ford, Sacramento County Superior Court).
The attorney defending an insured failed to send a vital medical report to the insurance carrier (California State Automobile Association Corp. v. Parichan, Renberg, Crossman & Harvey, San Francisco County Superior Court).
In this case of admitted liability, an accident reactivated a woman's previously dormant connective tissue disorder (Strong v. Villalobos, Alameda County Superior Court).
A couple claimed no probable cause for filing of an underlying lawsuit over Discovery Bay property (Lillard v. Discovery Bay Marina Properties, Contra Costa County Superior Court).
A defective rotor hub assembly caused the crash and the pilot's incomplete paraplegia at T12 (Chappell v. McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., San Diego County Superior Court).
LAPD employee arrested
A civilian LAPD employee sustained severe post-traumatic stress disorder after she was arrested on her way to work (Jones v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Firefighter injured on duty
An on-duty firefighter tore two knee ligaments when a rolling gate at the station fell as he was operating it (Valdivia v. MCE Corp., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Condo upkeep breached
The board of directors investigated but failed to fix moisture/mold problems in a condo owner's unit (Moller v. The Atherton Homeowners Association, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Septic shock kills woman
A general surgeon responded after four hours to a call concerning an ER patient's severe abdominal pain (Bonsall v. J.F.K. Memorial Hospital, Riverside County Superior Court).
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