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Plaintiff Verdict for Lamborghini Owner

Following his 2017 OC ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year award, Thomas Wianecki receives Plaintiff verdict for Lamborghini owner with help from Michelle Prescott.

Wesierski & Zurek LLP represented the plaintiff, the owner of a 2006 Lamborghini. After getting into an accident in August 2014, our client had his car towed to a “high end” repair facility for the needed repairs. Plaintiff’s insurance company paid $44,500 for these repairs in September 2014.  Sixteen months passed and little to no work was done.  Our client demanded return of the vehicle after 1 year. He was told the car could not be located.  He went to the police to file a report, but was told this was a civil matter.  We then filed a complaint on plaintiff’s behalf.  After filing the lawsuit, the car was located and belatedly released. Our client picked up the car with little repair done. The Plaintiff was lied to and treated with disrespect during the whole ordeal by the facility. Following deliberation, the jury awarded $227,431.85 in damages, plus punitives to the plaintiff.  Thomas Wianecki and Michelle Prescott were the trial attorneys. Congratulations!

Frank D’Oro Obtains Dismissal During Voir Dire on Slip and Fall Case

Frank D’Oro recently obtained a dismissal for waiver of costs during voir dire on a slip and fall case for the defendant. Plaintiff suffered a fall in the defendant’s store and alleged medical expenses of more than $200,000 related to two surgeries and a head injury.  Plaintiff rejected a Statutory Offer of $100,000 early in litigation. As trial approached, Plaintiff made a number of demands, ultimately demanding less than the expired Statutory Offer. The defense team settled on a waiver of costs during voir dire after a successful day of arguing crucial motions in limine excluding a theory of liability based on choice of flooring and excluding evidence of the amount of the medical bills.

 

Christopher P. Wesierski Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County” by Orange Coast Magazine

Christopher P. Wesierski was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County” by Orange Coast Magazine. The selection was based on the following objective factors: verdicts, settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar and/or other professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, education, employment background, and other outstanding achievements.

Terence Carney Obtains Verdict For Ralphs Grocery Store

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Terence P. Carney recently obtained a jury verdict for the exact same amount of money that was originally offered to the plaintiff at the start of trial. The case occurred at a Ralphs supermarket in Los Angeles where the plaintiff, a 41 year old makeup artist, slipped and fell in spilled soda near the self-checkout. Plaintiff alleged injuries to her lower back, right hip and knee and headaches with residuals of dizziness, depression and loss of concentration. The injury to the plaintiff’s lower back was supposedly so severe that it would require a two level fusion. She was seeking a total of $825,000: $35,000 in past medical expenses, $150,000 in future medical expenses, $70,000 for past wage loss, $70,000 for future wage loss and $500,000 for pain and suffering. After a 5 day trial, the jury returned a verdict for $100,000, the exact same amount that had been offered prior to the start of the trial. Congratulations to Mr. Carney!

Frank D’Oro Receives Outstanding Value Award at Kroger Conference

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Last month, Frank D’Oro attended the Kroger Investor Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the conference, he received the Outstanding Value Award for his dedication and commitment to the Kroger community for many years. It is an honor to receive such an award from one of our long-standing clients. Congratulations Frank!

Ron Zurek Awarded Top Defense Case by Daily Journal

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Wesierski & Zurek partner Ron Zurek recently had a trial that was featured as the Daily Journal Top Defense Case of the week on November 3, 2017. It was a trial for personal injury damages that arose out of a car accident that occurred when Ron’s defendant, intending to turn into the driveway of his home on the right side of the street, veered considerably to the left on the roadway before turning back to the right and into the driveway. The plaintiff who sued him was driving behind him. When the car veered far left, toward an intersecting street, plaintiff thought it was a left turn so he proceeded forward and past the defendant car. A collision ensued when defendant car came back to the right.

Plaintiff hurt his back in the accident. His doctor recommended a microdiscectomy operation and he had it. As a result of that operation, one of the vertebrae in plaintiffs back cracked and fractured, rendering the back unstable. The instability condition is very serious and every doctor in the case said that the plaintiff is now in need of another major operation, a fusion to several levels of the spine. Medical costs were well into the six figure range. Plaintiff is now significantly disabled. At trial, the defense position was that the defendant driver was just not negligent despite turning right from the left side of the street. As to injuries, the contention was that the first microdiscectomy was unnecessary and unreasonable, thus all of the consequential injury was not fairly attributable to accident caused injuries.

Plaintiff had previously offered to settle for $250,000, which was all of the insurance coverage available to the defendant. A settlement offer of $75,000 was made before trial. The jury ultimately decided in favor of the defendant, finding that he was responsible for zero because he was not negligent. Congrats to Ron and his client!

30th ANNIVERSARY WESIERSKI & ZUREK LLP NOVEMBER 1, 2017

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Wesierski & Zurek LLP is pleased to commemorate 30 successful years of business. The firm has
handled thousands of cases with outstanding results and is very proud of all the hard work that has gone into helping all the companies and individuals over the years.

Wesierski & Zurek LLP has won numerous awards and honors through the years from various
organizations including many verdicts selected as verdict of the week or year. Multiple attorneys have been selected as trial lawyers of the year by a variety of organizations as well. Wesierski & Zurek LLP is honored that so many companies large and small as well as individuals have entrusted our firm to protect their rights.

The firm has handled multiple appeals, arbitrations, hearings and trials in the past thirty years and is pleased to still offer services in cases involving employment, products liability, premises liability, bad faith, intellectual property, food problems, business litigation, real estate issues, legal malpractice, appraiser malpractice, real estate malpractice, hospitality, transportation, governmental issues, and expert work.

Wesierski & Zurek LLP thanks all those who have made these past thirty years go by so quickly.
We look forward to many more successes and results in the years to come.

Wesierski & Zurek LLP is also pleased that effective November 1, 2017 the firm will be moving its Los Angeles office to:

100  E. Corson Street, Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91103
L.A. phone and fax numbers will remain the same:
(213) 627-2300 (Phone)
(213) 629-2725 (Fax)

Our Irvine office and phone numbers will remain the same:

One Corporate Park, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 975-1000 (Phone)
(949) 756-0517 (Fax)