Casillas v. Landstar Ranger, Inc.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP obtained a $34,555,220 jury verdict for a young man who was hit and severely injured when he was run over by a tractor-trailer while he was stopped on the sidewalk of a Los Angeles, California street. Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Brian Panish, Tom Schultz, Erika Contreras, Deborah Chang and William Douglas and co-counsel Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid, P.C. all represented the plaintiff in the case.
19-year-old Alan Casillas was on the sidewalk at an intersection when a semi-truck tried to make a right turn and its 55-foot-long truck trailer crossed over the sidewalk hitting Mr. Casillas. The accident resulted in Mr. Casillas having a below-the-knee amputation of his left leg. Landstar refused to accept responsibility for the accident until immediately before the start of trial, and even attempted to place blame on Mr. Casillas for not paying attention and avoiding the truck. Defense counsel argued during closing arguments that Mr. Casillas should only be compensated around $5,000,000 to $7,000,000 for his injuries. The jury rejected those arguments, finding that Mr. Casillas should receive $738,639 for past and future lost wages, $5,941,581 for past and future medical costs, and $27,875,000 for past and future pain and suffering.