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$36.5 Million Verdict

Landmark Case:

Sheth v. Schneider National

The Verdict:

$36.5 Million


A Riverside County Superior Court jury has awarded Jaishree and Prakash Sheth $36,482,302.56  in the big-rig truck crash that left Jaishree Sheth catastrophically injured.  The Sheths were represented at the four week trial by Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Brian Panish, Tom Schultz and Ryan Casey.  This is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in Riverside County history.

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents Jaishree and Prakash Sheth in claims arising out of a multi-vehicle accident. The collision occurred when the Camry in which the Sheths were passengers was struck by a big-rig tractor trailer owned by Schneider National. The truck’s impact caused the Camry to spin out of control across the highway where it hit the median barrier and was then struck by a another vehicle traveling in the #1 lane. As a result of the impact, the Camry then careened back across all three freeway lanes, beyond the asphalt shoulder, and across a collection of large boulders off the freeway, where it came to a rest teetering over a man-made wash, with a 20 foot drop below.

At the time of the 2010 accident, the Sheths were visiting the United States from India and were on the way to the Orange County airport for a long-planned family vacation to Hawaii. The accident occurred on the 10 westbound freeway and the Oak Valley Parkway off ramp, in the city of Beaumont, California.

Jaishree Sheth was 58 at the time of the accident and was seated in the backseat of the Camry behind the driver, Gamanial Shah, her cousin’s husband. Mr. Shah was driving in the #3 lane when the speeding Schneider big-rig improperly attempt to pass the Camry, negligently entered into the #3 lane and struck the car, causing the catastrophic accident. Schneider National and its employee driver, Jimmy Morgan, contended that Mr. Shah negligently entered the #2 lane, causing the initial impact between their vehicles, a fact not supported by the evidence.

As a result of the catastrophic accident, Mrs. Sheth suffered a C5-6 fracture and spinal cord injury. On admittance to the hospital, Mrs. Sheth was completely paralyzed. She underwent two emergency surgeries, experienced respiratory failure and was hospitalized for two months. Mrs. Sheth had to undergo intense physical rehabilitation where she had to learn how to stand and walk again. Mrs. Sheth still requires 24-hour attendant care. Her husband, Prakash Sheth, also suffered injuries and has damages resulting from the limitations now faced by his wife of over 30 years.

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