Our client attended a Habitat for Humanity event at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Her brother was being honored for his work for the charity. Prior to the dinner, a reception and silent auction was held. The Hotel set up that reception and silent auction in a driveway behind the hotel, an area otherwise used by delivery trucks for deliveries to the Hotel. The Hotel set up the reception and silent auction in such a way that the Hotel created a bottleneck which congested the 350 guests in an area with a curb. Our client was a guest among a sea of guests, and she did not see the curb. While speaking with another guest, she went off the curb, fell and sustained a fracture of her elbow. The jury determined that the Hotel had acted negligently and awarded our client $100,000 for her pain and suffering. They also found that there was no comparative negligence on her part for the accident.
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The defendant had no insurance and offered this asset in settlement of a claim by his injured employee. In related news: H&W is selling a Bentley!
On March 29, 2013, after 3 years of litigation and a 3 week jury trial in Victorville, California, H&W managed to secure a unanimous, 12-0 verdict, in favor of our client in a complex medical malpractice matter. In trial, H&W successfully established that the defendant cardiologist, Siva Arunasalam, M.D., was negligent in failing to timely treat our client’s ongoing myocardial infarction (heart attack), thereby resulting in avoidable permanent damage to our client’s heart muscle.
Our client, a young woman who went to a restaurant for brunch with her family, sat at the table and the old bench upon which she was seated collapsed. Our client was seated with her legs folded underneath the bench. So, when the bench collapsed, the force came down directly on her legs and knees under her. She underwent injections in the knee. On behalf of our client, we alleged that the bench was defective and that the restaurant maintained the bench in a negligent manner. We were able to avoid much litigation on this one. The case settled early on for a confidential sum. And, in case one wonders, our client is a very slender, young woman.
Our client was motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries when a vehicle pulled out in front of him from a strip mall. The motorcyclist hit the side of the vehicle. He was ejected and flew over the vehicle, landing hard on the pavement. He suffered a compound ankle fracture as well as abrasions and road rash to his legs and knees. The motorcycle itself was destroyed, after sustaining major damage. Our client was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital. He was found to have suffered a severe ankle fracture that required surgical repair. We retained a nurse life care planner to evaluate the extent of the injuries and work with his physicians to create a life care plan for Mr. Wiseman. We did that in order to obtain a proper recovery that would give him access to funds to take care of his future health care needs stemming from the accident. The case recently settled. We wish our client the best of luck in his future.
Heimanson & Wolf obtained a wrongful death jury verdict in Santa Ana Superior Court against Thomas Teich, DDS and Smile Implant Center. Here is the link to the CBS Investigative Report about Dr. Teich and the verdict we obtained against him.
Today, the Supreme Court heard argument from Kim Millbrook. He too wrote his own brief. This time the issue is whether the US has immunity for intentional wrongful acts of prison guards.
Our client is a young girl who underwent a gall bladder surgery, also known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, due to inflammation of the gall bladder. The trouble occurred when the surgeon misidentified her anatomy and cut her common bile duct instead of her cystic duct when removing the gall bladder. Failing to recognize his mistake, he sewed her up and sent her home with bile leaking into her abdomen. The young girl’s parents quickly brought her back to the hospital. By this time, she was very nauseous and vomiting. The fix for the improper cutting of the common bile duct is a much more complicated surgery, called a Roux-en-Y Hepaticojejunostomy. This is a surgery similar to a gastric bypass.
Billboard.com ran an article on Jan. 11, 2013 about a high-profile case Heimanson & Wolf filed against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his touring company. The lawsuit, on behalf of Bieber's former bodyguard Moshe Benabou, claims Benabou is owed more than $420,000 in overtime and other pay and that Bieber assaulted Benabou during a dispute in October.
Ilan Heimanson was quoted in a Jan. 10, 2013 Associated Press article about a lawsuit Heimanson filed against pop star Justin Bieber on behalf of Bieber's former bodyguard. Moshe Benabou alleges that Bieber owes him more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages and that the singer struck him during an argument in October.