|Confidential||10 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: David K. Cohn / Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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.
|Confidential||10 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: Plaintiff was burned over 80 percent of his body in an oilfield accident.
More Information: Click here for more information on oilfield accident cases.
|Hiler, et al v. Kern County Sheriff’s Department||8.8 Million||Police Misconduct|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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 | Stiles settlement”
|Rios v. West Coast Casing, LLC||8 Million||Pedestrian Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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 Stiles files lawsuit on behalf of family of jogger killed by driver who allegedly fell asleep
|Doe v. Scotsman||7.55 Million||Pedestrian Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: The plaintiff, a pedestrian, suffered an amputation of both legs above the knee after he was hit by a motor vehicle.
|Moore v. County of Kern||6 Million||Civil Rights|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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”
|Murphy v. Jakov Dulcich and Sons, LLC||4.75 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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.
|Melgar v. M. Cataran, Inc||4.5 Million||Workers' Compensation|
Attorney: James A. YoroSummary: 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.
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|Doe v. TEG & Gas U.S.A||4.15 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Doe v. Neumann Farms||3.7 Million||Auto Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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)
|Clark vs. Market Transport, Ltd.||3.5 Million||Traumatic Brain Injury|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: Plaintiff was rear ended by a truck trailer on Highway 138.
|Maharrey v. County of Kern||3.4 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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 | Stiles 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.
|Silva v. County of Kern||3.4 Million||Civil Rights|
Attorney: David K. Cohn / Neil K. GehlawatSummary: 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 | Stiles 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”
|Garcia-Santana v. Stevens Trucking||3 Million||Big Rig Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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 | Stiles 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.
|Doe v. Bectel Corporation||3 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Elizondo v. National Oilwell Varco||2.95 Million||Wrongful Death|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Todahl vs. J. Perez Mata Trucking, Inc||2.75 Million||Industrial Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: Client was crushed at mid-section of body between truck and company vehicle.
|Confidential||2.7 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. Clark / Chad J. A. BoylesSummary: The plaintiff was riding his motorcycle when the defendant pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, striking and killing him.
|Doe v. Vintage Petroleum, Pride Petroleum||2.36 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: Plaintiff suffered a brain injury from an oilfield accident.
|Soto v. Shred-It USA, Inc.||2.35 Million||Auto Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: Plaintiff was stopped when the driver of a truck failed to stop and rear-ended his vehicle.
|Molina-Vargas v. Ceja, et al.||2.25 Million||Auto Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a van while stopped at a stop sign.
|Beck v. Meadowbrook Meat Company||2.25 Million||Pedestrian Accident|
Attorney: David V. StilesSummary: Plaintiff was walking through a restaurant parking lot when a truck made a U-turn, struck the plaintiff and dragged her a several feet.
|Confidential||2.15 Million||Industrial Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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.
|Doe v. Occidental of Elk Hills||2.1 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Morataya v. City of Bakersfield||2.1 Million||Wrongful Death|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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”
|Casey v. County of Kern||2 Million||Dog Bite|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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.
|Fuentes v. Kern Oil & Refining Co.||1.99 Million||Railroad Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Santivanez v. B & L Casing Service, v. Chilaca||1.825 Million||Auto Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Doe CHP Officer v. H.F. Cox, Inc.||1.6 Million||Big Rig Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Doe v. Transport D||1.53 Million||Big Rig Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: Plaintiff suffered a fractured pelvis and hip after a collision between his vehicle and a big rig truck.
|Contreras vs. Dominguez||1.5 Million||Auto Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: Plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant while slowing down for a red light.
|Walls v. Trino||1.3 Million||Premises Liability|
Attorney: David. K. Cohn / Chad J. A. BoylesSummary: 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 | Stiles represented the injured in this premises liability lawsuit, which settled in April 2018. More Information: “Chain | Cohn | Stiles represents victims in explosive accident garnering media attention“
|Confidential||1.3 Million||DUI Victim|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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.
|Doe v. Shell Oil Company||1.28 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Doe v. Live Oak Cogen||1.275 Million||Oilfield Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: 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.
|Ahadzadeh-Ghanad v. McGill||1.21 Million||Pedestrian Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|McNitt v. Ecology Control Industries||1.13 Million||Workers' Compensation|
Attorney: James A. YoroSummary: Client suffered spinal cord paralysis when he hit his head on top of truck cab.
|Tucker vs. Grapeman Bakersfield Cold Storage||1.1 Million||Workers' Compensation|
Attorney: James A. YoroSummary: 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.
|Wyatt v. Erro Hay Sales, Inc||1 Million||Workers' Compensation|
Attorney: James A. YoroSummary: Client was operating a hay squeeze, and fell on his head from the top of the hay stack, suffering a fractured skull.
|Matheny-Perry v. Dry Creek Mini Barns, Inc.||1 Million||Pedestrian Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: 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.
|Ward v. Griffith||1 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. Clark / Neil K. GehlawatSummary: 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.
|Botts v. PROS Incorporated||1 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: Matthew C. ClarkSummary: Client was driving his motorcycle westbound on Highway 119 when the defendant pulled directly into his path of travel.
|Doe v. Doe Facility||1 Million||Wrongful Death|
Attorney: Matthew C. Clark / Neil K. GehlawatSummary: 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.
|Holt v. Flying Tiger Farms, et al.||1 Million||Motorcycle Accident|
Attorney: David V. StilesSummary: 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.
|Chauhan v. Miranda||1 Million||Big Rig Accident|
Attorney: David K. Cohn / Matthew C. ClarkSummary: Parents died of blunt force trauma in an auto accident involving a big rig.
|Doe v. May Trucking||1 Million||Big Rig Accident|
Attorney: David K. CohnSummary: A pedestrian suffered massive orthopedic injuries when a big rig truck back over him while unloading cargo. (Verdict)
|Sanders v. Stockman||1 Million||Dog Attack|
Attorney: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.