|Northrop employee claims harassment
An African-American employee's supervisor harassed him due to
race/national origin (Awujo v. Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Painter injured in construction accident
A painter claimed that dangerous scaffolding caused the accident in which he suffered a
closed head injury (McAvinney v. Wilson Construction, Alameda County Superior Court).
Luxury home project fails
Defendants' actions on a project to build and sell a luxury home resulted in bank
foreclosure on the property (Gerber v. Neumark, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Patient claims lost smell
A woman claimed she lost her sense of smell after her plastic surgeon performed a
septorhinoplasty (Conner v. Morgan, Butte County Superior Court).
Tow truck hits cyclist
A wide-load tow truck struck a motorcyclist on a narrow canyon road, fracturing both of
plaintiff's legs (Jacob v. Fischer, San Mateo County Superior Court).
Physician fails to diagnose embolism
A surgeon failed to diagnose a pulmonary embolism after an emergency appendectomy
(Meherin v. Matrisciano, Los Angeles County Superior Court).
Falling truss alleged to cause paraplegia
A construction laborer sustained a burst fracture of the back when a truss fell and
knocked him off the roof (Morales-Chavez v. Del Webb California Corp., Placer County
Train causes hearing loss
A locomotive engineer sustained hearing loss/tinnitus due to railroad noise exposure
(Ruiz v. Southern Pacific Transportation Co., Sacramento County Superior Court).
Excessive force by police
An unarmed couple was shot outside their home during a confrontation with Pinole police
officers (Skallerud v. City of Pinole, Northern District Federal Court).
Sidewalk causes trip/fall
A man heading to work tripped and fell into a hole left by a public works agency in
front of his house (Raya v. County of Sacramento, Sacramento County Superior Court).
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