At Yates Law Firm, we take on complex cases in a wide range of practice areas, and are not afraid to take those cases to trial.
Below are just a few of our courtroom victories.
A woman subjected to ongoing harassment and sexual assault by a fellow employee was awarded a verdict of $95 million against her employer. During her tenure at the company, she suffered a humiliating and degrading sexual harassment campaign from male employees, led by the store manager. She had reported the assault to other managers at the store and called the company’s sexual harassment hotline to request help, but her complaints were never investigated, opening the company up to liability.
A woman’s death was caused by the misdiagnosis of her ectopic pregnancy. Her husband and five children were awarded $41 million in damages after a five-hour deliberation by a Los Angeles jury. The plaintiff was aware she was several months pregnant when she started experiencing severe stomach pains, but after two visits to the hospital she was misdiagnosed with a urinary tract infection. She died three weeks later while waiting for an ambulance to arrive after an Emergency Medical Services team refused to carry her down the stairs and take her to hospital. The hospital responsible conceded negligence.
A woman who went into a hospital for lung surgery and ended up having her hand amputated was awarded $40 million in damages against the hospital responsible. She had had an operation on her lung to remove an abscess. In the recovery room, an intravenous tube feeding blood to a vein in her left hand dislodged and instead began pumping blood into her hand tissue, which became gangrenous. Her attorney also argued that the doctors had also provided the plaintiff with the wrong medication, which constricted her blood vessels and compounded the problem.
A 40-year-old man was awarded $30 million in compensation after he fell onto subway tracks and lost both of his legs as a result. He was leaning forward in an attempt to see the train when he lost his balance and fell, knocking himself unconscious. Evidence indicated that other passengers ran to the southern end of the platform and began waving to warn the train operator to stop, but the operator was traveling too fast and ran over both of his legs, causing them to require amputation.
A former Wall Street executive who contracted polio from changing his infant daughter’s diaper after she had been given an oral polio vaccine was awarded $22.5 million in a lawsuit against the vaccine’s producer. The plaintiff became paralyzed, spent months on a hospital ventilator in intensive care, lost his job due to a lack of wheelchair access and suffers partial paralysis, 30 years after contracting the disease. The Los Angeles jury found the vaccine company responsible for his injuries for having manufactured an unreasonably dangerous product, and that the company failed to warn doctors about risks associated with the vaccine’s use.
On June 29, 2015 a Los Angeles federal jury awarded a young woman $18,000,000 against a Wall Street CEO after a 2 week trial. Her case included proof of inappropriate sexual conduct by her boss throughout her employment as well as defamation, retaliation and stalking for more than a year after she was fired for refusing to give in to his advances. Defendants denied all allegations, contended that defamation of the Plaintiff fell within the company CEO’s First Amendment rights, and attempted to frame the lawsuit as extortion. The jury found for the plaintiff on her sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation counts and awarded the Plaintiff $2,000,000.00 in compensatory damages for her emotional upset and damage to her reputation as well as $16,000,000.00 in punitive damages.
A 76-year-old woman who became severely brain damaged after a speeding truck made a negligent turn and collided with her vehicle, was awarded damages to the tune of $11.2 million. As a result of her brain damage, the plaintiff lost her ability to speak, walk or use her arms, but the jury accepted that despite this, she was fully aware of her plight and a prisoner in her own body. The jury found the truck driver 100% negligent, and damages were awarded to her for past and future pain and suffering and past and future medical expenses, and to her husband for past and future loss of services.
Yates Attorney at Law obtained a $9.1 million medical malpractice verdict in Los Angeles, CA.
Yates Attorney at Law obtained a $5.5 million verdict for a pedestrian who was struck while crossing the street.
A 44-year-old delivery man who was the victim of a traumatic motor vehicle accident was awarded settlement monies over $5.4 million to compensate for his injuries. The man was riding his bicycle through Downtown when he was hit by a truck, which collided with his right leg. He was transported to hospital by ambulance, where his injuries were surgically treated with above the knee amputation and skin grafting. He remained in hospital for a period of two months and is permanently disabled as a result of the accident.
A woman who entered a medical center for leg surgery and left with severe injuries to her genital area, was awarded $5 million in compensation. She had sustained a fractured leg as a result of a motorcycle incident, and alleged that while in surgery a doctor had improperly positioned her and used excessive force on her leg, causing pain, swelling and even necrosis in her vaginal area. The Los Angeles jury apportioned 60% liability against the doctor and 40% against the medical center.
A man who was accosted in his own apartment building and later shot was awarded $4.9 million against the security companies that could have prevented the attack. The Los Angeles man, was confronted in the lobby of his building by an unknown man who was looking for drugs. The assailant pushed the victim outside and shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down. The victim claimed that the owner of the building was negligent in that the magnetic security locks on the lobby door failed to function, allowing the perpetrator to gain access to the building, which resulted in the attack.