Verdicts & Settlements

Just some of our verdicts and settlements:

$4.1 MILLION JURY VERDICT

BARICKMAN v. MERCURY CASUALTY COMPANY

Mark Algorri

JULY 2016
The lawyers at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri recently collected $4.13 million from Mercury Insurance for an injured client (Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Company, Case No.: B260833). Despite life-changing injuries, Mercury insisted they owed no more than $15,000. Attorney Mark Algorri proved the case at trial, proved that Mercury owed the entire amount, and the Court of Appeal agreed! When insurance companies insist they owe next to nothing, we prove them wrong.

Read more here.


$7 MILLION SETTLEMENT
MORENO v. MANZANARES

Mark Algorri

MARCH 2015
In September 2012, 23 year-old Rosanna Moreno was critically injured when the car in which she was riding as a rear passenger struck a pickup truck that was parked alongside the road on a residential street in Riverside, CA. The pickup truck had a trailer attached.

The driver of the car in which Ms. Moreno was riding then fled the scene and later denied driving the car. He was uninsured.

Ms. Moreno initially hired a well-known personal injury law firm who investigated the case. The firm told Ms. Moreno's family that they did not have a case. The family then hired our firm for a second opinion, and we initiated a thorough investigation of the accident. We discovered that the owner of the parked pickup truck knew that cars raced down his street at night, that he parked his truck in an area that he knew was near where cars raced, and that the factory installed reflectors had been removed from his trailer making it hard to see. Also, the trailer was painted "flat black" which made it even more of a hazard.

Ms. Moreno, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered a brain injury and needs around-the-clock care. She was placed in long-term rehabilitation hospital. However, her family wanted to bring her home and take care of her. The problem was they did not have the resources to do so.

Our firm sent a settlement demand to the owner of the truck. We identified her claims in detail and gave them a time limit to pay or fight. His insurance company consequently decided to pay their full policy limits in the sum of $7 million to settle the case. The court approved the settlement that provided Ms. Moreno with a special needs trust that allowed her family to buy a house with all the necessary equipment so that she could live at home with them.


$19 MILLION JURY VERDICT

MARIN v. GANUELAS

Car Accident

Mark Algorri and Carolyn Tan

December 2014
Twenty-two year old Michelle Marin was rendered in a persistent vegetative state when her Honda was rear ended on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. Her stationary vehicle was struck at 60 miles per hour in the rear, causing Ms. Marin's spine fractures and severe traumatic brain injury. She is now unable to care for herself, or even interact with her 5-year old son.

Defense argued that the accident was Ms. Marin's fault because if her vehicle had been better maintained, it would not have broken down on the freeway and been hit while disabled. Mark Algorri offered to resolve the matter before trial for $9.9 million. AAA rejected that offer and instead offered $100,000. Mr. Algorri and Carolyn Tan then tried the case to a jury, who found the defendant liable in a 12-0 decision, with $19 million in damages.

Read more here.


$470 THOUSAND JURY VERDICT
TIMMERMAN v. LAMBERT

Ernest Algorri and Sam Soleimany

December 2014
A bicyclist on his way to work suffered a broken jaw and concussion when he was struck by an inattentive driver making a left turn. Plaintiff’s obvious injuries were apparently not enough for the driver’s insurance company to settle the matter. Attorneys Ernest Algorri and Sam Soleimany tried the case to a jury and received a unanimous (12-0) verdict for $470,000, most of which was to compensate for the bicyclist’s pain and suffering.


$255,000 JURY VERDICT
BRANSON v. COUNTY OF SAN BERNADINO

Driver injuriesPatrick Nolan

November 2014
A driver and his passenger were injured when the County failed to provide proper notice that a bridge over the Mojave River had washed out. In spite of their obvious injuries, and medical bills totaling $60,000, the County offered a mere $30,000 to resolve the matter. They apparently did not realize that DAA is a trial firm. Attorney Patrick Nolan tried the case to a jury and received a verdict for $255,000.


$3.6 MILLION VERDICT
BARICKMAN AND MCINTEER v. MERCURY CASUALTY CO

Mark Algorri and Bruce Palumbo

September 2014
Mark Algorri and Bruce Palumbo obtained a $3.6 million Bad Faith judgment against Mercury Insurance Company, on a 15/30 policy, representing two plaintiffs had taken an assignment of an underlying personal injury judgment the plaintiff's had obtained against a Mercury insured.
The two plaintiffs were struck and injured by Mercury's insured, McDaniel, in July 2010. McDaniel, who had a 15/30 Mercury policy, was charged with felony DUI and sentenced to State Prison. Although Mercury tendered the policy early on, they refused to accept their release to which plaintiffs had added language protecting their restitution rights. Mercury then refused to pay the policy. Plaintiffs then filed suit against McDaniels and secured a judgment in the total sum of 3 million Dollars. McDaniels then assigned her claims against Mercury to Plaintiffs.


$3 MILLION VERDICT
BUELNA v. HILL

Mark Algorri and Carolyn Tan

October 2012
Mark Algorri and associate Carolyn Tan obtained a $2.9 million verdict for a Crestline woman whose foot was crushed when a branch fell in the yard of the house she was renting in the San Bernardino National Forest. The landlord's insurance company offered $750,000.00 to settle, but Algorri and Tan knew their client would need more to remedy the challenges she and her family endured, and would struggle with in the future. The jury agreed, finding her landlord responsible for the life-altering injuries she received, awarding nearly three times what the insurance company had offered.
Buelna v. Hill, San Bernardino Superior Court
(Read more about the verdict in local press coverage by clicking the link to the San Bernardino Sun.)


$6 MILLION

RODRIGUEZ v. BARBER

Mark Algorri

November 2011
Emilio Rodriquez, age five, suffered a brain injury when his family's minivan was rear-ended by a pickup truck operated by Defendant. The other family members suffered minor injuries. The Defendant had a 50/ 100 liability policy with Civil Service Employee's Insurance Company, CSE. The Rodriquez family's original attorney sent a policy limits demand to CSE that went unanswered. CSE then belatedly offered the policy. CSE later claimed they misplaced the demand.

Mark Algorri was then brought in to try the case and it settled the day before trial for $5.9 million dollars in excess of the policy.
Rodriquez v Barber, San Bernardino Superior Court, Rancho Cucamonga.


$1 MILLION SETTLEMENT
DECKARD vs. ORANGE CIRCLE LOUNGE

Mark Algorri

January 2011
Plaintiff, a 26 year-old college student, was escorted out of a popular college bar for giving the finger to a friend in jest. The bouncer then threw Plaintiff to the ground. He suffered a fractured skull and was hospitalized for a week.
Deckard v. Orange Circle Lounge. Orange County Superior Court.


$218,000.00 JURY VERDICT
DIETRICK CANTEBERRY v. LONE STAR TRUCKING

Mark Algorri

November 2010
Plaintiff's vehicle was struck in the rear by Defendant's vehicle, in stop-and-go traffic, causing minimal property damage to Plaintiff's rear bumper. Plaintiff suffered a low back injury.
Dietrich Canterberry v. Lone Star Trucking. San Bernardino County Superior Court, Central.


$6.9 MILLION VERDICT
SHIRLEY REID v. ZHI YU HUANG

William McMillan

July 2010
Plaintiff was seriously injured when her vehicle was struck by Defendant's vehicle. Defendant was insured by Mercury Insurance Company, who failed to timely offer the Defendant's $100,000.00 policy limits and the case went to trial. Defendant filed for bankruptcy and Plaintiff took an assignment of the excess verdict from the court trustee. The bad faith case is now proceeding.
Shirley Reid v Zhi Yu Huang. Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena.


$1.75 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

BALANDRAN vs. CITY OF CHINO

Mark Algorri

May 2010
Unmarried mother of two young children filed suit against the City of Chino and its Police Department after a police officer shot and killed her boyfriend, the children's father. The court ruled that the unmarried mother had been deprived of her constitutional "family rights" giving her standing to sue.
Balandran v. City of Chino. United States District Court, Los Angeles.


$1.25 MILLION 
DIANE OVANDO v. CITY OF CHINO

Mark Algorri

April 2010
A single mother lost control of her vehicle, going off a rural road. The roadway had a dangerous drop off alongside the pavement edge that prevented her from regaining control. Her five-year-old daughter died in the accident.
Diane Ovando v. City of Chino. San Bernardino County Superior Court, Rancho Cucamonga.


$1.9 MILLION CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Ernest Algorri

November 2009
Plaintiff and his wife were savagely attacked while visiting a private residence that kept chimpanzees. The Homeowner had a $100,000.00 liability policy that was tendered too late and not accepted by Plaintiff. During the underlying litigation and before trial, the homeowner's insurance company agreed to pay the excess settlement during mediation.
Confidential Settlement, Kern County Superior Court.


$1 MILLION SETTLEMENT
MAUEL GALINDO vs. ALONSO RODRIGUEZ BEAS

Mark Algorri

November 2009
Plaintiff, rear-ended at low speed, suffered a low back injury and had surgery. Defendant maintained that such injury was not possible at low speed and surgery was not indicated. However, they paid the policy demand.
Manuel Galindo v. Alonso Rodriguez Beas. Riverside County Superior Court


$5.25 MILLION CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Mark Algorri

August 2008
Plaintiffs were exposed to long standing contaminated drinking water that contained rocket fuel and industrial solvents that allegedly caused multiple illnesses, including cancer. The case settled shortly before trial.
Confidential Settlement, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona.


$4.75 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

VINDEL v. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Mark Algorri

December 2007
Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle operated by his friend that went off the 110 Freeway protected by an old bridge rail. The driver was DUI. Jury found 50% against Cal Trans. Case then settled. Plaintiff, a 34-year-old Honduran immigrant, who was also intoxicated, was paralyzed in the accident.
Vindel v. State of California, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Central.


$10 MILLION CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Mark Algorri

October 2006
The underlying case went to trial and Plaintiff received a verdict well in excess of the Defendant's $15,000.00 liability insurance policy. Plaintiff then took an assignment from the Defendant. Both Plaintiff and the former Defendant then filed suit against the insurance company. The case settled at mediation.
Confidential Settlement, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Central.


$1.5 MILLION 
WILLIS v. UNDERWOOD

Mark Algorri

October 2006
Defense argued a minimal impact and hence no injuries caused by the accident. Plaintiff had low back surgery.
Willis v Underwood. San Bernardino County Superior Court, Rancho Cucamonga.


$8 MILLION CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Mark Algorri

December 2005
After more than six years of hard fought litigation that included two successful appeals to the California Supreme Court, DeWitt Algorri & Algorri lawyers, acting in association with other counsel, represented various homeowners and residents of a Southern California city and successfully prosecuted several industries that polluted this area's aquifer with toxic chemicals over the course of many years. The pollution caused cancer and serious health complications.
Confidential Settlement, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Central.


$2.83 MILLION CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Louis DeWitt

July 2005
Plaintiff, a plumber, was scalded on his lower body by hot water when a valve failed.
Confidential Settlement. Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance.


$268,000 JURY VERDICT

SHANA SMITH vs. DANIEL VILLAROSA

Ernest Algorri

July 2005
Plaintiff's baby died at birth due to the negligence of the doctor. The doctor could not explain his absence from the hospital and he blamed the nurses for not handling the situation differently. The jury found the doctor fully responsible and awarded Plaintiff for her emotional distress.
Shana Smith v. Daniel Villarosa. San Bernardino County Superior Court, Victorville.


$5.55 MILLION SETTLEMENT
COMACHO v. MADRID LASER SCREED & BOOM PUMP, ET AL.

Mark Algorri

January 2005
Plaintiff was paralyzed when he was struck and injured by a heavy piece of equipment at Mt. San Antonio Junior College. The plaintiff also received extensive worker compensation benefits.
Camacho v. Madrid Laser Screed & Boom Pump, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona.


$25.1 MILLION VERDICT
PULLEN v. LEMASTERS

Mark Algorri and Bruce Palumbo

October 2004
Automobile v. Motorcycle, left-turn accident. The defendant argued that the plaintiff, who admitted to drinking and speeding, was wholly at fault, The defense offered their $15,000.00 Safeco policy to settle too late.
Pullen v. LeMasters, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Glendale.


$6.5 MILLION CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT

Mark Algorri & Louis DeWitt

June 2003
Plaintiff was paralyzed in a single vehicle rollover over accident, when the rear tire de-treaded and his van rolled over. The roof crushed down upon him causing his injuries.
Plaintiff filed suit against the vehicle manufacturer as well as the tire manufacturer. The case settled during trial.
Confidential Settlement, Riverside County Superior Court.