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Truck jumps curb
Award: $27,386,567

A Muni utility truck collided with a sedan and jumped the sidewalk, killing a child and injuring a grandmother and another child (Dominguez v. City & County of San Francisco, San Francisco County Superior Court).

Obscured stop sign
Award: $5,788,400

A 44-year-old optician was traumatically brain injured when she was broadsided by a driver who failed to see a stop sign that was obscured by vegetation (Confidential v. Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Superior Court).

Police brutality
Award: $1,054,000

A 45-year-old paranoid schizophrenic died as a result of excessive force by San Jose police officers (Smith v. City of San Jose, Santa Clara County Superior Court).

Copycat house
Award: $5,880,061

A nationally renowned architectural firm known for designing one-of-a-kind luxury homes discovered that one of their employees had used its plans to build a copycat house of a 19,000-square-foot home they had constructed in the same neighborhood (William Hablinski Architecture v. Amir Construction Inc., Central District Federal Court).

Falling concrete
Award: $1,375,000

A 28-year-old iron worker was severely injured when an eight-pound block of concrete fell on his head from a scaffold 12 feet above (Clifford v. Lathrop Construction Associates Inc., Sonoma County Superior Court).

Special needs education
Award: $5,100,000

The family of a special needs student claimed that his school district failed to provide the “free and appropriate public education” guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Porter v. Board of Trustees of Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Central District Federal Court).

Persistent vegetative state
Award: $2,003,000

A 19-year-old chronic asthma sufferer remains in a persistent vegetative state as a result of the failure of a hospital emergency room to adequately treat an acute asthma flare-up (McGhee v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Tire delamination
Award: $5,000,000

A 17-year-old passenger in an SUV sustained brain damage in a rollover accident resulting from the delamination of a recently inspected tire (Confidential v. Confidential, confidential venue).

Vision loss
Award: Defense

A patient alleged that a negligent diagnosis of his eye condition in an emergency room resulted in permanent loss of vision in the eye (Shipman v. Linnik, San Diego County Superior Court).

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