Tom Wianecki receives overwhelming Defense Verdict for County of Orange

On October 18, 2016, Tom Wianecki and the W&Z defense team triumphed in trial when the jury ruled in favor of the County of Orange in a personal injury case.

This case was brought by the parents of a 3 ½ year old girl who was hanging on a County table, which caused it to tip and fall onto her. The young girl sustained a laceration to her face, adjacent to her eye, which left a raised scar. Plaintiff alleged the table constituted a dangerous condition of public property under the Government Claims Act. The table was only a few years old, however, and there had been no prior incidents nor was the table defective or in disrepair. Opposing counsel claimed the table needed to anchored to the floor, wall, or to other adjacent tables. The County personnel asserted the table was secured and successfully served 3,000 clients per month for 2 ½ years without incident.

At mediation, Plaintiff asked for $185,000. That amount was reduced to $75,000 in closing argument at trial. After 20 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict, 10-2, that the table did not constitute a dangerous condition of public property.