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Disability accommodation
Award: $6,500,000
A 52-year-old employee of the County of Sonoma was denied job accommodation for his panic attacks, despite nearly 25 years of excellent performance reviews (Alberigi v. County of Sonoma, Sonoma County Superior Court).

Motorcycle fatality
Award: $2,000,000
A 29-year-old motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries when he collided with a vehicle that negotiated a left turn in front of him (Turner v. Wu, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Husband poisoned
Award: $106,000,000
The family of a 26-year-old man who was poisoned by his wife brought a wrongful death action after her first-degree murder conviction (de Villers v. Rossum, San Diego County Superior Court).

Hypoxic brain injury
Award: Defense
A woman in premature labor alleged that the anesthesia she was given for an urgent C-section was contraindicated and resulted in brain damage to her newborn (Johntee v. Jefferson, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Elder fraud
Award: $4,719,436
Over a period of several years, an attorney and his wife defrauded a 69-year-old Beverly Hills retiree out of virtually all of her considerable assets (Lederman v. Schwarcz, Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Dangerous highway
Award: Defense
A 41-year-old motorcyclist’s death was blamed on a dangerous condition of highway after he lost control of his bike and was thrown 85 feet on the shoulder of the road (Abouelfittouh v. County of Fresno, Fresno County Superior Court).

Ophthalmologist negligence
Award: $4,565,000
A 53-year-old man with a torn retina sustained permanent vision impairment as a result of faulty diagnosis and treatment (Wade v. Babad, Santa Cruz County Superior Court).

Worker electrocution
Award: $1,175,000
A construction worker suffered third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body after coming into contact with a live power line (Portillo v. Duvar Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court).

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