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Crane accident
Award: $10,042,866

A 49-year-old crane oiler was permanently disabled when a crane allowed a 42,000-pound object to fall on him (Gray v. Air Products & Chemicals Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Fall through skylight
Award: $10,125,000

A 24-year-old tenant was seriously injured when he fell through a skylight on the roof of his apartment building (Corbin v. Westbrent Limited, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Start-up fraud
Award: $3,200,000

A family of successful physicians alleged that they were fraudulently induced to invest in a power manufacturing company (Mani v. Yarpezeshkan, San Diego Superior Court).

Medical malpractice
Award: Defense

A boy allegedly sustained severe brain damage as a result of the failure of his doctors to timely diagnose meningitis (Mynear v. Goldman, Stanislaus County Superior Court).

Defective knee implant
Award: $1,800,000

A 37-year-old fireman sustained permanent damage to his knee joint after a medical device implanted to repair torn cartilage broke (Hatch v. Bionx Implant Inc., Marin County Superior Court).

Multi-vehicle collision
Award: $1,461,000

Plaintiff suffered crushing orthopedic injuries in a multi-vehicle collision allegedly caused by a truck driver in the course and scope of his employment (Confidential v. Doe Trucking, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Winery flooded
Award: $1,364,800

A Napa County winery sustained substantial damage when debris build-up at a Wine Train trestle caused a nearby creek to flood (Koves-Newlan v. The Napa Valley Wine Train Inc., Napa County Superior Court).

Trip and fall
Award: $315,000

A 45-year-old woman who was injured when she tripped over a broken, raised portion of sidewalk sued the City of Los Angeles for a dangerous condition of public property (Adams v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Train collision
Award: $8,909,879

A 53-year-old woman was one of more than 100 passengers injured on the Metrolink train when it was struck by a Santa Fe Railway train (Macek v. The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co., Orange County Superior Court).

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