Santa Barbara Personal Injury Lawyer
Plaintiff parents received a $340,000.00 verdict for the wrongful death
of their son. This automobile accident case had significant issues regarding
fault and whether the defendant had permission to drive the vehicle he
was driving. After the verdict, the insurance company refused to issue
payment so a bad faith action was filed directly against the carrier.
The case settled shortly thereafter.
Three minor children received a settlement of $725,000.00 against a homeowner
and plumbing contractor when their father was killed due to a flash fire
that erupted from the defendant’s gas water heater. This was a hard
fought case with extremely difficult liability and comparative fault issues.
Schurmer and Wood obtained a $995,000.00 settlement for a 47-year-old man
who was injured when he fell into a spontaneously appearing sinkhole in
the ground at a hotel that had recently been built. This was a complex
matter that involved premises liability and general negligence theories.
There were multiple defendants including the owners of the property, the
general contractor and numerous subcontractors.
Schurmer & Drane recovered a $1,700,000.00 settlement for a client
who tripped on a stairway at an apartment complex at night. We alleged
that the stairs were in a dangerous condition because there were no lights
in the area, that the stairs were uneven and did not comply with the appropriate
Building Codes and that the owners of the complex should have installed
handrails. Our client sustained a tibial plateau fracture that required
surgical intervention. Unfortunately, the surgery failed. As a result
of her age, the fractured knee and the failed surgery our client was forced
to use a wheelchair and will have lifelong problems.
In a case against a physician due to his negligence during the birthing
process of a baby causing permanent injuries.
For a gentleman who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when the vehicle
he was driving was struck by defendant on a rural road.
For man and wife rear-ended by a truck on the freeway. Injuries were to
the low back the neck resulting in surgical intervention.
For the wrongful death of a man who was killed when struck by a train at
an unmarked railroad crossing.
For a baby who was injured due to the negligence of physicians in failing
to perform a caesarean section in a timely fashion resulting in permanent injuries.
For the wrongful death of a 14 year old girl who died when she was stuck
after an electric gate automatically closed wedging her between the gate
and the gates pillar. This was a products liability case against the manufacturers
and installers of the gate and a premises liability case against the owners
of the property.