Verdicts & Settlements
Based in West Los Angeles, the Law Offices of Ronald M. Papell represents clients throughout Southern California in personal injury cases, including claims involving auto, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. Ron resolves cases through mediation, arbitration, and trial, depending on his clients’ best interests. Below are some examples of his numerous successful verdicts and settlements.
- Million Dollar Verdicts & Settlements
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Dangerous Condition of Public Property / Premises Liability / Products Liability / Dog Bites
- Wrongful Death
- Business Torts / Insurance Bad Faith
Million Dollar Verdicts & Settlements
- A 42 year old wife and mother of three children was killed when struck by an automobile while on her morning walk. Mr. Papell alleged that the driver was in the course and scope of her employment and was distracted by her laptop computer found on the front seat of her car. After protracted litigation the case was settled for $9.5 million in 2013.
- The clients’ vehicle hydroplaned and flipped on a wet roadway, rendering one of the clients an incomplete quadriplegic. Ron brought suit against the State of California, the vehicle manufacturer, and the contractor who worked on the freeway. The case was settled after extensive litigation for over $6.5 million.
- 16 year old girl front seat passenger sustained a wrist injury in T-bone collision. After surgery to repair wrist client developed complex regional pain syndrome. Case settled in 2014 for $4.5 million dollars.
- Due to excessive pressure exerted by a doctor during delivery, the client’s child sustained injury to the nerves in the neck and chest, commonly known as Erb’s palsy. Ron took the case to trial and the jury returned a verdict of over $3.9 million. A few years later, in a second Erb’s palsy case, Ron obtained another jury verdict of over $4.4 million.
- The client sustained head injuries as well as other severe injuries after being ejected from a vehicle. Although the client made a miraculous recovery, he was still left with significant injuries. After accounting for all of the liable parties, including both drivers involved in the accident, a valet parking service, a restaurant, and the State of California, the client received a total settlement of $3.7 million.
- The clients, a 72-year-old grandmother and her four-year-old grandson, were struck by a turning vehicle while crossing the street. Together, they incurred approximately $190,000 in medical expenses. Although the driver had no insurance, Ron contended that the driver was within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident. The driver’s employer denied liability, and the case went to trial. The jury awarded Ron’s clients $2,957,889.07. When the employer’s insurance company appealed, the case entered mediation proceedings and finally settled for $3.2 million.
- Ron’s client was travelling down Pacific Coast Highway with his two dogs after taking them for a walk along the coast. A vehicle pulled from the curb and collided with the right front of the client’s vehicle. As a result, the client’s car went up on two wheels and came crashing down. The client sustained a neck injury requiring surgery and the placement of metal fixation devices in the client’s neck. Although the client was able to return to his pre-accident activities, he is left with a fused cervical spine. After a ten hour mediation, the case was settled for $3 million in 2010.
- When a pedestrian, and father of five, was struck by a car and killed instantly, the driver’s insurance company offered the man’s family $100,000. Ron asserted that the driver was acting in the scope of his employment, and thus, the driver’s employer should be responsible for the driver’s acts. After an erroneous ruling at the trial level, Ron appealed the case, and the appellate court concluded that the employer was liable. The deceased’s family received over $2.1 million.
- In a freeway accident, the client’s hand was crushed when the wheel detached from the defendant’s unsafely rigged truck and struck the client’s car. After eight surgeries, the client’s hand remains deformed, and after incurring approximately $100,000 in medical expenses, it is projected that he will incur approximately $40,000 in future medical expenses. Also, the client’s estimated future lost earnings total over $660,000 should he never work again. In binding arbitration, the client was awarded over $1.5 million.
- Representing a client involved in an auto-truck accident, Ron uncovered that the truck driver had a history of drug use and that the driver’s employer was aware of it. Even though his client only suffered an ankle fracture, Ron attained a $1.4 million settlement.
- The client’s husband died after his medical providers failed to diagnose and treat cryptococcal meningitis. The neurologist, physician, and hospital settled with the surviving family members for a total amount of over $1 million.
NOTE: THESE ARE SOME OF THE NUMEROUS MILLION DOLLAR AND MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CASES RESOLVED BY MR. PAPELL THROUGH TRIAL AND SETTLEMENT.
- A 27 year old school teacher was riding her bicycle within a crosswalk at the entrance to a freeway onramp when she was struck by a negligent driver who tried claim that the client was at fault. The client sustained facial abrasions and a small scar as well as a fractured wrist. Just prior to trial, the case settled in 2013 for $200,000.00.
- After being rear-ended, the elderly client incurred over $145,000 in present and future medical expenses. Also, his wife suffered emotional distress due to the accident and the harm it caused to both her and her husband. Ron settled the claim before trial for $550,000.
- In a case in which the client did not realize the severity of her injuries until after she received compensation for vehicle damage, Ron helped her recover the maximum amount of $500,000 under the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
- After an accident, the client suffered a bowel injury that required extensive exploratory procedures to discover the source of his injury. His wife also suffered emotional distress as a result of the accident. The case was settled in the client’s favor for a total sum of $365,000.
- After being partially ejected from a vehicle, the teenage client incurred approximately $66,000 in medical expenses, and also suffered from emotional distress. The at-fault driver’s insurance company only paid the policy limit of $25,000 on the client’s claim. Ron filed an underinsured motorist claim against the client’s own insurance company for additional benefits. In arbitration, the client was awarded $310,929.
- In a rear-end collision, the client suffered significant shoulder injuries that required surgery. The case was settled in the client’s favor for $100,000.
- After being broad-sided by a negligent driver, the husband and wife clients suffered significant injuries and damages. Ron brought a motion to add punitive damages to the clients’ claims. Because the judge planned to grant the motion, the defendant insurance company offered the maximum policy amount of $100,000 to Ron’s clients.
- A 22 year old college student was a passenger in a school van that was traveling in the #1 lane when a vehicle lost control while going in the opposite direction and crossed the center median where it collided into the front of the van. There were multiple injuries to the van occupants including Mr. Papell’s client who sustained a traumatic brain injury. A product liability action was brought claiming various defects in the two vehicles involved in the collision. After protracted litigation the case the eventually settled in January of 2016 for $675,000.00
- A 60 year old woman who suffered from osteoarthritis for many years was a passenger in her family automobile with her husband driving while stopped at an intersection. Without warning, their vehicle was rear-ended with a heavy jolt. Eventually, her osteoarthritis worsened and she was forced to use a cane and ultimately a walker for mobility. The defendant’s policy limit was $50,000.00 and as the insurance company refused to offer their policy limits the case was put into binding arbitration. The Arbitrator awarded the client the policy limit of $50,000.00. As the client carried Underinsured Motorist limits of $100,000.00 Mr. Papell demanded that they pay the balance of their policy limit in settlement of the underinsured motorist claim. When the client’s carrier offered $1,000.00 in settlement of the underinsured motorist claim Mr. Papell again demanded Arbitration for a second time. The second Arbitrator heard testimony and argument and awarded the additional $50,000.00 remaining under the policy for a total recovery of $100,000.00 in May of 2016.
- A 63 year old man was stopped in traffic when rear-ended. He suffered neck and back injuries that caused symptoms for several years. The adverse driver had only $15,000.00 in coverage which his insurance company tendered. An underinsured motorist claim was pursued and after Arbitration was demanded the client’s insurance company paid the client’s policy limit under his underinsured motorist coverage of $100,000.00 in September 2016.
NOTE: THESE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE HUNDREDS OF AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT CASES HANDLED BY MR. PAPELL DURING THE PAST 35 YEARS
- A 14 year old girl was riding on her step fathers motorcycle when they were struck by a left turning motorist in an intersection. The client sustained a severe foot injury requiring surgery. After settling with the left turning driver for his policy limits, Mr. Papell sued the City of Los Angeles and the State of California contending that the traffic signals were improperly sequenced resulting in numerous avoidable accidents at the intersection. After extensive litigation the case was settled in late 2012 for a total of $950,000.00. Note: The client’s step father was referred to an associate as Mr. Papell could not represent both victims and his case was settled for $850,000.00 for a total recovery of $1,800,000.00.
- The client, a yoga instructor, was travelling on Pacific Coast Highway on her motorcycle when a driver travelling in the opposite direction made a left directly in front of her. As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist was thrown through the air landing on the hood of defendant’s car and then onto the roadway. She suffered neck and back injuries and settled with the defendant’s insurance company for its policy limits of $15,000. Ron then made a claim under the client’s underinsured motorist coverage in the amount of $100,000. When the client’s insurance company refused to offer more than $30,000, the case was taken to binding arbitration and Ron obtained an award of the full policy limit of $100,000 in 2010. As a result of the insurance company’s failure to negotiate in good faith, Ron is pursuing a bad faith claim against the insurer, which is currently pending.
- A 40 year old motorcycle designer was test driving a custom motorcycle when he entered an intersection in Burbank and was struck by a left turning SUV. The vehicle was being driven by an employee of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles within the course and scope of her employment. The client sustained a compound fracture of his lower right leg as well as a left knee injury that eventually required surgery and lower back complaints. Although the client incurred $85,000.00 in medical expenses he did not make a loss of earnings claim as his business could not establish that he had earned any income in the years before the accident. Mr. Papell sued the owner and driver of the SUV as well as the employer of the driver and the City of Burbank and State of California on the theory that the intersection was a dangerous condition. During jury selection the case was settled for $637,500.00 in October of 2011.
- A 32 year old motorcyclist was traveling through a major intersection in Los Angeles. He entered the intersection on a green light along with other cars that were ahead of him. As he was approaching the other side of the intersection a driver in a rental car made a left turn and struck the motorcycle. The rider suffered fractures to his left leg and ankle which were successfully repaired with the placement of hardware. Although two independent witnesses observed the driver of the car making a sudden left turn into the motorcycle the driver of the car and his two passengers claimed that they were stopped in the left turn lane when the motorcyclist suddenly “ran into their stopped vehicle”. Mr. Papell filed a lawsuit and after 18 months of litigation and the taking of numerous depositions of witnesses and the hiring of three expert witnesses, the defendant’s insurance company offered $80,000.00 which was rejected. Finally, and just prior to trial, the case was settled for $450,000.00.
- A 65 year old motorcyclist was struck by an inattentive SUV driver in a low speed impact in a parking lot in Del Mar, California. Although the driver of the SUV tried to claim that the motorcyclist was speeding and made a sudden lane change, his insurance company eventually acknowledged the fault of their insured after a lawsuit was filed by Mr. Papell. The motorcyclist sustained shoulder and knee injuries and underwent arthroscopic surgery. At a mediation prior to trial the case was settled for $225,000.00.
- A motorcyclist was driving down Hollywood Blvd when a driver made a sudden U turn resulting in a collision. The motorcyclist suffered multiple injuries but did not require surgery. After a lawsuit was filed, the case was settled for the policy limit of the defendant who made the U turn in the amount of $100,000.00.
- Two motorcyclists were traveling down Sunset Blvd when they slowed while approaching an intersection. The driver of a Corvette pulled between their motorcycles and swung to his left to make a right hand turn. In doing so he struck both motorcycles injuring both of the riders. Although the Corvette driver claimed the motorcyclists were speeding, after Mr. Papell took his deposition his insurance company paid their policy limits of $50,000.00 to each of the motorcyclists.
- 29 year old female sustained multiple cuts and bruises with neck and back pain while a passenger on a motorcycle in HOV lane of I-5 freeway which was struck by vehicle that changed lanes without looking. As defendant claimed motorcycle speeding and “lane splitting” lawsuit was filed and defendant’s deposition taken. After defendant’s deposition taken in 2016 defendant’s insurance carrier paid their $100,000.00 policy limit.
- 30 year old female passenger on motorcycle that made left turn at 4th and Main Street in Santa Monica when it was struck by westbound taxi that had been stopped at intersection. Although plaintiff claimed to have green arrow, taxi had on board video camera establishing it had green light at time of collision. Mr. Papell contended that taxi driver failed to yield to vehicle in intersection and was otherwise inattentive. Client sustained multiple injuries including laceration and fractured toes to right foot with residual pain and disability. Defendants denied liability and lawsuit was filed. After numerous contentious depositions defendant taxi company paid their policy limit of $100,000.00 in September, 2016.
NOTE: THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASES THAT MR PAPELL HAS SUCCESSFULLY HANDLED.
- In an accident involving two commercial trucks, the client incurred $16,000 in medical expenses, and he could not work for a long period of time. When the at-fault driver’s insurance company failed to make a reasonable settlement offer, Ron prepared to take the case to trial. In lieu of trial, the insurance company increased its settlement offer, and the client received $180,000.
NOTE: THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY TRUCK ACCIDENTS THAT RON HAS HANDLED.
- A sixty five year old woman was crossing in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a left turning vehicle. The client sustained a shoulder injury but had not undergone surgery. The defendant’s insurance company refused to offer more than $30,000.00 so the case was submitted to binding arbitration in 2012. As the defendant had policy limits of $100,000.00 the parties agreed to hi/lo limits of $30,000/$100,000. At the arbitration the insurance company produced a well known defense doctor who claimed that plaintiff’s shoulder was not injured in the accident at all. After the defense doctor was impeached during cross examination, the Arbitrator awarded Ron’s client the maximum recovery of $100,000.00.
- The client suffered a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury after being struck by an oncoming vehicle while crossing the street. Not withstanding the client’s intoxication and her crossing against a red traffic signal, the matter settled for $275,000 in pre-trial mediation.
- A college student was crossing Pacific Avenue in Venice when she stepped out from behind a parked truck into the roadway where she was struck by defendant’s automobile. The client sustained multiple facial injuries requiring surgery to her face and nose. Although the investigating officer found the client at fault, Ron filed suit against the driver who he felt was speeding and inattentive. The case was settled in 2010 for the defendant’s policy limit of $100,000.
- A young woman was crossing Fairfax Avenue on her way to work when she was struck by a left turning driver who failed to yield the right of way. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her pelvis and shoulder. Although the client has returned to work with minimal physical disability, she continues to suffer from emotional distress related to the accident. The case was settled in 2010 for defendant’s policy limit of $100,000.
- 62 year old infusion therapist was crossing Wilshire boulevard northbound in the marked crosswalk when a southbound out of town motorist driving a
relatives car attempted to turn right from the left hand lane and collided with vehicle in the right lane. The right turning vehicle continued into the crosswalk causing the client to back up suddenly and fall to the pavement fracturing her hip. After a lawsuit was filed defendants tendered their policy limit of $250,000.00. Mr. Papell took the deposition of defendant driver and learned that she had an additional policy on her own vehicle in New York. After extensive discovery the policy was finally located and the case was settled for the total sum of $350,000.00 in August 2016.
- 64 year old woman was walking in a marked crosswalk at the end of a freeway offramp when she was struck by a vehicle whose driver was looking to his left for oncoming traffic when he pulled into the crosswalk. She was thrown to the ground and suffered numerous injuries including a tibial plateau fracture of her right knee. Although defendant driver’s insurance company paid their insured’s policy limit of $50,000.00 plaintiff carried underinsured motorist coverage of $300,000.00. After Mr. Papell made a Demand for Arbitration the client’s insurance company paid their policy limit of an additional $250,000.00 for a total settlement of $300,000.00 in June of 2016.
NOTE: THERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CASES WHERE MR. PAPELL HAS REPRESENTED PEDESTRIANS WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED BY VEHICLES OR OTHER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS
Dangerous Condition of Public Property / Premises Liability / Products Liability / Dog Bites
- The client suffered severe burns because of a defective water heater in her apartment. Her landlord only offered $200,000 to settle the case even though the client’s medical expenses totaled over $190,000. At trial, Ron obtained a verdict of $951,405 on behalf of his client.
- After the client’s tire blew out, causing an accident that injured the client and her five children, Ron brought a claim against the manufacturer of the defective tire. The matter settled in the client’s favor for the total sum of $825,000.
- A 34 year old man was walking to the mailbox area of his apartment house when he slipped and fell on painted concrete stairs that had been left wet by the landlord’s gardener. The young man fractured a vertebrae in his spine which was eventually operated upon. Due to the severity of the injuries Mr. Papell filed a lawsuit against the landlord claiming a dangerous condition existed and that the owner had failed to use available methods to lessen the chance of such a slip fall accident including the use of friction tape and using grit or sand in the paint that was used to paint the stairs. Although the landlord had installed a hand rail it was located too far from the area where the accident happened and where the majority of tenants would walk to the mailboxes. It was also established that the handrail was in violation of the applicable building code. The case was settled prior to trial in November 2012 for the sum of $750,000.00.
- A 66 year old woman was visiting a friend at her home when she tripped and fell on a raised brick area on the landing leading to the front door. The client sustained a fracture to her arm with associated nerve damage. Mr. Papell alleged that the landing was dangerous and concealed a trap condition that was not readily observable to visitors to the home. When a lawsuit was filed an early mediation was requested by the defendant homeowner’s insurance company at which the case was settled for $650,000 in 2014.
- The client, a supermarket employee, fell and suffered a head and shoulder injury at work when a dock leveler malfunctioned and dropped. Ron settled the matter on behalf of his client for the total sum of $456,000.
- Due to a hidden landing with no warning sign posted, the client fell and suffered severe leg injuries. Ron brought a premises liability action against the landlord, and the case settled for $400,000.
- After the client, a ten-year-old boy, suffered severe burns in a restaurant, Ron obtained a settlement on behalf of his client for $350,000.
- The client suffered second and third degree burns while shooting a television commercial outdoors. The production company failed to have medical personnel on set and failed to take other protective measures. After extensive litigation, the case was settled for $308,000.
- Because of negligent countertop installation, the client fell and suffered a compound fracture of her ankle. Ron filed suit against the apartment house owner for maintaining a dangerous premises, and the case settled in client’s favor for $275,000.
- A one-year-old infant had crawled away from her mother and into the kitchen of her aunt’s home. She began to reach into the food bowl of the family dog in the kitchen when the dog came into the kitchen and attacked her inflicting severe wounds to the child’s face requiring surgery. The case was ultimately resolved by payment of the aunt/uncle’s policy limits of $300,000.00 in 1987.
- The owner of a dog with a history of biting when in a crowd of people was left with a friend who knew of the dog’s history. Nonetheless, he invited the client and two of her friends into his apartment and the dog bit the young woman inflicting a facial wound and lesser wounds to her hand and thigh. The facial wound healed leaving a noticeable scar at the corner of her mouth. The dog owner had no insurance coverage and had specifically warned her friend about the dog’s propensities around a group of people. A claim was made against the dog sitter’s insurance policy and was settled for his policy limit of $100,000.00.
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS OF PUBLIC PROPERTY/ PREMISES LIABILITY CASES WHERE MR. PAPELL HAS REPRESENTED PEDESTRIANS WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED BY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS OF PROPERTY OR BITTEN BY ANIMALS.
- The clients’ 79 year old mother died of injuries sustained after being struck by a car while she was crossing the street. The driver’s insurance company refused to offer the family more than $250,000 in compensation. Ron took the case to trial, and the jury returned a verdict of $822,084 in favor of his clients.
- The decedent’s health care provider failed to provide necessary and appropriate tests and treatment for his symptoms. When he switched providers, he was diagnosed with cancer, but it was too late to prolong his life. His family recovered the amount of $800,000.
- A husband and father died because his feeding tube became infected with bacteria. Ron brought a medical malpractice/wrongful death suit against the doctors who failed to diagnose the condition. The case was settled in the clients’ favor for $800,000.
- The client’s mother was killed during a horseback riding lesson. The case was settled with the riding school’s insurance provider for $350,000.
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY WRONGFUL DEATH CASES WHERE MR. PAPELL HAS REPRESENTED CLIENTS WHO HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF A RELATIVE DUE TO THE NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS.
Business Torts / Insurance Bad Faith
- After the client was involved in an accident with an underinsured motorist, the client’s insurance company refused to the pay the policy limit on the underinsured motorist insurance coverage that the client had purchased. In arbitration, Ron’s client recovered the full amount of $260,000 based on his insurance coverage. In addition, Ron associated counsel to bring a bad faith action against the client’s insurance company; the claim was settled for $550,000.
- The client was rear-ended by an uninsured motorist. Threatening suit, Ron accused the client’s insurance company of acting in bad faith because it improperly handled the client’s claim. As a result, the insurance company settled for $440,000.
- Client sustained neck injury in auto accident. After settlement with defendant for their policy limit Mr. Papell made a demand for the policy limit of client’s underinsured motorist coverage. After insurance company denied coverage Mr. Papell filed suit for broker negligence and bad faith. Case settled in 2014 for $325,000.00
- The clients were involved in an accident with an underinsured drunk driver. In arbitration, the judge awarded Ron’s clients $550,000 — almost three times the amount offered by the insurance company. Because the insurance company failed to handle the clients’ claims fairly, Ron threatened suit based on bad faith. Before the suit was filed, the insurance company settled the potential case for $125,000.
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY BUSINESS TORTS / INSURANCE BAD FAITH CASES WHERE MR. PAPELL HAS REPRESENTED CLIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY BUSINESS TORTS OR INSURANCE BAD FAITH