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Over the years, the Bakersfield personal injury and accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Clark have successfully represented people who had been seriously injured due to the fault of another person or entity, as well as injured workers in workers’ compensation cases. We have obtained more multi-million dollar personal injury case results on behalf of our clients than any other law firm in Kern County. On this page is a list of just some of our successful results. Click each case below to display more information.

DISCLAIMER: These results do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

2022 | Pedestrian Accident | Case: Case: Confidential

$22.1 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Details of this pedestrian accident case involving a truck are confidential.

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Confidential

$10 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was burned over 80 percent of his body in an oilfield accident.

More Information: Click here for more information on oilfield accident cases.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Confidential

$10 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn, Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Defendant entered the roadway and did not allow enough room for the plaintiff on a motorcycle to enter with traffic approaching, causing him to be hit by crane. Plaintiff lost his right leg.

2020 | Police Misconduct | Case: Hiler, et al v. Kern County Sheriff’s Department

$8.8 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiffs were pushing the motorcycle to a relative’s house crossing Norris Road in Oildale when they were struck and killed by a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy patrol car, speeding with lights and sirens off.

More Information: News story “Media covers record-breaking Chain | Cohn | Clark settlement

2020 | Pedestrian Accident | Case: Rios v. West Coast Casing, LLC

$8 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

The driver left the roadway onto the sidewalk, where he struck and killed the decedent as he was out for a morning jog.

More Information: News story: Chain Cohn Clark files lawsuit on behalf of family of jogger killed by driver who allegedly fell asleep

2020 | Pedestrian Accident | Case: Doe v. Scotsman

$7.55 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

The plaintiff, a pedestrian, suffered an amputation of both legs above the knee after he was hit by a motor vehicle.

2020 | Civil Rights | Case: Moore v. County of Kern

$6 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was beaten to death by more than a dozen Kern County Sheriff’s Department detention deputies.

More Information: News story, “County Settles For $6 Million In Jail Death Lawsuit

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Confidential

$6 Million

Attorney: Chad J. A. Boyles, Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

A disputed liability trucking accident case where the plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury. Other details on the case are confidential.

2020 | Truck Accident | Case: Confidential

$5.575 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark, Tanya D. Alsheikh

Summary:

Confidential plaintiff was driving when confidential defendant, driving a truck, ran the stop sign and collided with our client.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Murphy v. Jakov Dulcich and Sons, LLC

$4.75 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff was riding a motorcycle when the defendant in a truck that was parked on the side of the road pulled out in front of the motorcyclist. The crash caused the plaintiff to be thrown 50 yards down the road, and suffered severe injuries.

2020 | Workers' Compensation | Case: Melgar v. M. Cataran, Inc

$4.5 Million

Attorney: James A. Yoro

Summary:

A farm worker suffered brain injuries when he was struck by a truck while on his tractor. It was one of the largest such settlements in Kern County history at the time.

More Information: For more information on workers’ compensation cases, click here.

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Doe v. TEG & Gas U.S.A

$4.15 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Decedent was killed in a well blowout as a result of defendant’s failure to use correct equipment, methods, and “mud” when coming out of the hole.

2020 | Truck Accident | Case: Confidential

$3.85 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was rear-ended at a stop due to dusty conditions on the roadway caused by field work.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Doe v. Neumann Farms

$3.7 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered a brain injury, as well as severe orthopedic injuries, when he was involved in an auto accident caused by blinding dust from an almond harvester. (Verdict)

2020 | Traumatic Brain Injury | Case: Clark vs. Market Transport, Ltd.

$3.5 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff was rear ended by a truck trailer on Highway 138.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Maharrey v. County of Kern

$3.4 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

On July 14, 2015, Larry Maharrey was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Norris Road, when a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy abruptly made a left turn against a red light onto Airport Drive directly into Maharrey’s path. Maharrey was unable to avoid the collision with the deputy’s patrol vehicle, and died as a result of the crash. The deputy violated KCSO policies and procedures by failing to pre-clear the intersection before turning left against a red light. Chain | Cohn | Clark filed a wrongful death claim against the County of Kern on behalf of Maharrey’s wife, Paula, and other family members. A settlement was reached in April 2018.

More Information: “Law firm files wrongful death claim in fourth deputy-involved fatal crash in four years

2020 | Civil Rights | Case: Silva v. County of Kern

$3.4 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

On the night of May 7, 2013, David Sal Silva fell asleep in front of a home in east Bakersfield, across from Kern Medical Center. Several law enforcement officers arrived on scene and proceeded to use unreasonable and excessive force in striking Silva with batons several times all over his body, while he screamed for his life and repeatedly begged the officers to stop. After being repeatedly beaten, bitten and hog-tied, Silva stopped breathing. And shortly after midnight, Silva was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. These events and those that followed after this night made international news, including the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Chain | Cohn | Clark on behalf of Silva’s family in 2013, to the settlement reached in May 2016.

More Information: “The wrongful death case of David Sal Silva

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Kok v. Brinderson LP

$3.25 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

This case arises out of a motor vehicle collision occurring on October 7, 2013 on State Route 46 in unincorporated Kern County. Plaintiffs were stopped for traffic on Highway 46 when they were rear-ended at a high rate of speed and pushed them into the vehicle in front of them, causing major injuries. The defendant was in the course and scope of his employment with Brinderson, L.P. at the time of the wreck.

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Confidential

$3.125 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn, Tanya D. Alsheikh

Summary:

Plaintiff was a passenger in a pick-up truck being driven by his boss on Highway 99. Traffic ahead was slowing to a stop due to a lane closure, and as the truck slowed, they were rear-ended by the defendant, causing injuries.

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Garcia-Santana v. Stevens Trucking

$3 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Jesus Garcia-Santana was travelling on Highway 101 just north of Paso Robles to his son’s home in Bakersfield when his car became inoperable. He pulled to the side of the road, exited his car, opened the hood, and called for assistance. He then sat in his car on the passenger side, and waited for help.

As he waited, a Stevens Trucking tractor pulling two trailers full of carrots veered onto the shoulder and struck Garcia-Santana’s car. As a result, Garcia-Santana suffered significant life-threatening injuries.

Chain | Cohn | Clark successfully resolved a negligence claim alleging that the truck driver was not paying attention, not scanning the road ahead of him, when he overreacted to a car changing lanes in front of him.

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Doe v. Bectel Corporation

$3 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiffs suffered serious injuries as a result of defendant’s negligent design and construction of a kiln burner, rail system, and trolley system. At the time of the accident, plaintiffs were using the trolley and rail system, when the kiln burn fell and seriously injured plaintiffs.

2020 | Wrongful Death | Case: Elizondo v. National Oilwell Varco

$2.95 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when the defendant crossed a double yellow line while driving and slammed head-on into decedent. Defendant slept 35 minutes in 48 hours.

2020 | Industrial Accident | Case: Todahl vs. J. Perez Mata Trucking, Inc

$2.75 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Client was crushed at mid-section of body between truck and company vehicle.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Confidential

$2.7 Million

Attorney: Chad J. A. Boyles, Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

The plaintiff was riding his motorcycle when the defendant pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, striking and killing him.

2020 | Wrongful Death | Case: McGowan, Blanco v. County of Kern

$2.5 Million

Attorney: Doug Fitz-Simmons, Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Chain | Cohn | Clark filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of 72-year-old Nancy Joyce Garrett, who was killed when a Kern County Sheriff’s Office patrol car operated by Deputy Nicholas Clerico struck and killed her.

More Information: Chain | Cohn | Clark files lawsuit for family of woman killed in crash with Sheriff’s deputy

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Doe v. Vintage Petroleum, Pride Petroleum

$2.4 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered a brain injury from an oilfield accident.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Soto v. Shred-It USA, Inc.

$2.4 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was stopped when the driver of a truck failed to stop and rear-ended his vehicle.

2020 | Premises Liability | Case: Walls v. Trino

$2.3 Million

Attorney: Chad J. A. Boyles, David K. Cohn

Summary:

Russell Lester and Bryan Walls were attending a party on Fourth of July in west Bakersfield, celebrating our nation’s independence and wedding reception. By the end of the night, they were in local hospitals The two arrived at the party where party-goers were allegedly setting off illegal fireworks and explosives. Four people were severely injured in the blast, including Lester and Walls. Chain | Cohn | Clark represented the injured in this premises liability lawsuit, which settled in April 2018.

More Information:Chain | Cohn | Clark represents victims in explosive accident garnering media attention

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Molina-Vargas v. Ceja, et al.

$2.25 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a van while stopped at a stop sign.

2020 | Pedestrian Accident | Case: Beck v. Meadowbrook Meat Company

$2.25 Million

Attorney: David V. Stiles

Summary:

Plaintiff was walking through a restaurant parking lot when a truck made a U-turn, struck the plaintiff and dragged her a several feet.

2020 | Industrial Accident | Case: Confidential

$2.15 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Claim brought by a truck driver who suffered injuries when PVC pipes fell onto him after being improperly loaded onto his trailer by the defendant.

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Doe v. Occidental of Elk Hills

$2.1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered serious injuries as a result of defendant’s failure to adequately maintain, inspect, repair, and control their high pressurized flammable gas pipeline in accordance with standard engineering practices. Defendant’s negligence resulted in catastrophic failure and explosion because of internal pipe corrosion.

2020 | Wrongful Death | Case: Morataya v. City of Bakersfield

$2.1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was sleeping in a park when he was run over and killed by a truck driven by a city of Bakersfield worker. (verdict)

More Information: News story “Over $2.1M Awarded To Family Of Man Killed By City Worker

2020 | Industrial Accident | Case: Confidential

$2 Million

Attorney: Chad J. A. Boyles, Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff was receiving a load when the load fell on him, causing death.

2020 | Dog Bite | Case: Casey v. County of Kern

$2 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered major leg injuries when she was attacked by a Kern County Sheriff’s Office K-9 that has escaped from its patrol car. The settlement is the largest against a public entity in California, according to VerdictSearch.

More Information: Chain | Cohn | Clark settles K-9 dog bite case against County of Kern for record $2 million

2020 | Railroad Accident | Case: Fuentes v. Kern Oil & Refining Co.

$1.99 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Client was moving pipes to an area where he needed to cross railroad tracks. In the process of crossing the tracks, another employee was moving tank cars and was hit and severely injured by the tank cars.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Santivanez v. B & L Casing Service, v. Chilaca

$1.825 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Client had stopped at the stop sign, and among the heavy fog, she did not see any vehicles approaching. As she began to cross the intersection, she collided with defendant’s vehicle, which did not have headlights on, and suffered injuries in the crash.

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Doe CHP Officer v. H.F. Cox, Inc.

$1.6 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff, a California Highway Patrol officer, underwent multiple surgeries to the shoulder following a collision between his parked CHP patrol vehicle and a big rig.

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Doe v. Transport D

$1.53 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered a fractured pelvis and hip after a collision between his vehicle and a big rig truck.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Contreras vs. Dominguez

$1.5 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant while slowing down for a red light.

2020 | DUI Victim | Case: Confidential

$1.3 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff was the mother of a teenage girl who was struck and killed by a drunk driver while she was walking home. The driver was in a company truck at the time of the crash, and fled the scene.

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Doe v. Shell Oil Company

$1.28 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered serious injuries while working on a rig, when the sand line failed and struck plaintiff as he was coming out of the hole.

2020 | Oilfield Accident | Case: Doe v. Live Oak Cogen

$1.275 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered fatal injuries when a tank exploded as he instructed to perform pneumatic testing as part of the process for repairing a leak at the bottom of a tank. The pneumatic testing was unsafe and ultimately caused the explosion, which resulted in one man’s death and another man being seriously injured.

2020 | Pedestrian Accident | Case: Ahadzadeh-Ghanad v. McGill

$1.21 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

The plaintiff pulled off the side of Highway 58 to take pictures. While doing so, he was hit by a truck and suffered severe brain and bodily injuries.

2020 | Workers' Compensation | Case: McNitt v. Ecology Control Industries

$1.13 Million

Attorney: James A. Yoro

Summary:

Client suffered spinal cord paralysis when he hit his head on top of truck cab.

2020 | Workers' Compensation | Case: Tucker vs. Grapeman Bakersfield Cold Storage

$1.1 Million

Attorney: James A. Yoro

Summary:

The plaintiff was working as a refrigeration technician when he was sprayed in the face with anhydrous ammonia. The employer failed to assure the equipment met manufacturer design specification and was working properly, failed to provide employees with proper safety equipment, and other safety failures, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The injury required multiple surgeries for stem cell transplants and corneal transplants in both eyes.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Doe v. Tolf

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff suffered a brain injury from a motor vehicle collision. (Verdict)

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Frick v. Zenith Insurance

$1 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Defendant ran a stop sign and crashed into the plaintiff’s car on Brimhall Road, causing severe injuries.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Holt v. Flying Tiger Farms, et al.

$1 Million

Attorney: David V. Stiles

Summary:

Plaintiff was driving a motorcycle west on Highway 119 when the defendant driving a semi truck drifted over to pull into a mini mart, and struck plaintiff.

2020 | Burn Injury | Case: Jane Doe v. Kern Regional Center

$1 Million

Attorney: Chad J. A. Boyles, David K. Cohn

Summary:

Confidential plaintiff suffered severe burn injuries at a confidential residential care facility due to the negligence of an employee.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Keeler-Collins v. MS Transport Corp.

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was turning onto the roadway when the defendant failed to see her turning and rear-ended her vehicle, forcing her vehicle to roll.

2020 | Pedestrian Accident | Case: Matheny-Perry v. Dry Creek Mini Barns, Inc.

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was walking to her vehicle after she had gotten off of work. On the way to the vehicle, the defendant drove the wrong way on a one-way street and struck the plaintiff. She suffered severe rib and spinal injuries from the the collision.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Ward v. Griffith

$1 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Plaintiff was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson. The driver of the motorcycle lost control of the bike, tried to lay it down, hit an obstruction in the dirt, and tumbled and flipped, suffering skull injuries in the process.

2020 | Auto Accident | Case: Willingham v. PSF Trucking, Inc.

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn, Doug Fitz-Simmons

Summary:

At the time of the accident, plaintiff was stopped on Taft Highway behind other cars. The defendant rear-ended a vehicle that was behind the plaintiff causing a chain reaction that injured the parties.

2020 | Workers' Compensation | Case: Wyatt v. Erro Hay Sales, Inc

$1 Million

Attorney: James A. Yoro

Summary:

Client was operating a hay squeeze, and fell on his head from the top of the hay stack, suffering a fractured skull.

2020 | Motorcycle Accident | Case: Botts v. PROS Incorporated

$1 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Client was driving his motorcycle westbound on Highway 119 when the defendant pulled directly into his path of travel.

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Chauhan v. Miranda

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn, Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

Parents died of blunt force trauma in an auto accident involving a big rig.

2020 | Wrongful Death | Case: Doe v. Doe Facility

$1 Million

Attorney: Matthew C. Clark

Summary:

The decedent was a resident of a residential care facility and was involved in an altercation with staff members of the group home. He died of asphyxiation when group members restrained him.

2020 | Big Rig Accident | Case: Doe v. May Trucking

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

A pedestrian suffered massive orthopedic injuries when a big rig truck back over him while unloading cargo. (Verdict)

2020 | Dog Attack | Case: Sanders v. Stockman

$1 Million

Attorney: David K. Cohn

Summary:

Plaintiff was riding horses with her friend when the defendant’s dogs attacked them and the plaintiff’s horse, causing her to fall and suffer injuries.

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