Herman vs. Cardiel
Verdict or Settlement: $57,947,402
Rizio Law Firm obtained a $57,947,402 million verdict for a 25-year old man who will need a lifetime of care after a 2011 accident on Interstate 15 left him unable to speak or move his limbs. The amount was the highest-ever personal injury award (catastrophic injury / brain injury) in Riverside County. It was also the highest personal injury award in the State of California, and the 2nd highest personal injury award in the nation, for the year.
Palumbo vs. City of San Dimas
Verdict or Settlement: $9,000,000
Rizio Law Firm obtained a $9,000,000 settlement against the City of San Dimas, California, for a dangerous condition of public property case. The case centered on a 16-year-old pageant queen who was severely injured when her car, for unknown reasons, veered off the road and crashed into a city-installed equestrian fence, sending a wood post through her forehead. The plaintiff suffered a catastrophic brain injury and massive facial injuries in the crash. The accident led to criticism over the City's installation of equestrian fences along roadways, which were redesigned and replaced with a safer design following the lawsuit.
Evans vs. ABC Drug Rehabilitation
Verdict or Settlement: Confidential
Rizio Law Firm earned a large settlement for a client whose mentally ill son killed her husband after being taken off his medications and carelessly released by a rehabilitation center. So as to not violate the confidentiality of the settlement, additional details cannot be provided. Rizio Law Firm has also changed the names of the defendant so as to abide by the confidential terms of the agreement.
Estrada vs. Sheldon
Verdict or Settlement: $2,500,000
Rizio Law Firm obtained a settlement of $2,500,000 in a case where a nurse driving a county vehicle caused a collision with the plaintiff, who was riding a motorcycle. The plaintiff suffered significant injuries including fractures to his pelvis, knee, femur, and shoulder. Although the plaintiff had a good recovery, he was discharged from the military, forcing him to seek employment in the private sector.