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Bicycle pump explodes
Award: $700,000

A bicyclist sustained serious damage to his left eye when the pump he was using exploded in his face (Mayer v. Todson, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Head-on collision
Award: $14,300,000

Four members of a family were injured and two were killed in a head-on collision with a truck (Calderon v. Velocity Express Intermountain Inc., Fresno County Superior Court).

Dangerous highway
Award: Defense

A fatal accident on a curve was blamed on a dangerous highway design (Blair v. State of California, Ventura County Superior Court).

Passenger paralyzed
Award: $2,145,000

A 17-year-old student was thrown from a car that went off the roadway and overturned (Confidential v. Confidential, Solano County Superior Court).

Bus driver injured
Award: $656,596

A LACMTA bus driver was injured in a collision with a vehicle that turned in his path (Smith v. Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Elder abuse
Award: $2,400,000

A 73-year-old woman died as a result of infected stage IV pressure sores at a nursing facility (Sandoval v. Summit Care, Fresno County Superior Court).

Wrongful termination
Award: $328,000

An insurance company district manager's termination constituted breach of contract (Castile v. Farmers Group, San Diego County Superior Court).

Gym accident
Award: $16,274,966

A man was rendered a quadriplegic when weights on a piece of exercise equipment crashed down on him. (Bostick v. Flex Equipment Company Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Malignant mesothelioma
Award: $2,999,543

An electrician suffers from malignant mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure (Hoeffer v. Rockwell Automation, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Brain damage
Award: $1,650,000

The failure to properly monitor a patient during epidural anesthesia allegedly resulted in brain damage to a 72-year-old woman (Confidential v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

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