KTL Honored for Multiple Past Verdicts and Settlements

October 16th, 2018

Since 2016, KTL has been consistently honored as a top trial firm. Top Verdict has included several cases in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 lists for Personal Injury and Labor & Employment cases.

Top Verdict searches the nation’s best verdicts, awards, and settlements for recognition on their prestigious and limited lists. Inclusion on one of Top Verdict’s lists is not based on peer or panel review, but rather is based on the facts of the case and the outcome achieved.

Triplett v. City of Los Angeles, et al. (2016) was a slip and fall case that occurred at the Los Angeles International Airport. Based on Defendant’s failure to install slip-resistant tile in the restroom, Ms. Triplett suffered severe and permanent back injuries after slipping on liquid on the floor. The jury awarded $2,160,000 to our client and found no comparative fault. This verdict was listed as the #32 of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California for 2016.

Abarca v. Citizens of Humanity, et al. (2017) was a joint effort with co-counsel Michael Burgis & Associates. When our client, Mr. Abarca, was injured at work, he sought modified duty and provided a doctor’s note to his employer, Citizens of Humanity. Citizens ultimately terminated Mr. Abarca only days after his doctor’s note expired. In trial, the jury found Citizens had wrongfully terminated Mr. Abarca, and had discriminated against him on the basis of disability, awarding Mr. Abarca $650,000 including punitive damages for Citizens’ malice, oppression, and fraud in terminating Mr. Abarca. This verdict was listed as #26 of the Top 50 Labor and Employment Verdicts in California in 2017.

Theis v. Mayboroda et al. (2017) involved a rear end car crash that occurred in January 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. At the time of the crash, the defendant driver was leaving work but was heading to a customer’s home to drop off items she had forgotten at the store. As a result of being hit, Mr. Theis suffered neck and back injuries requiring multiple surgeries. With multiple motions pending, and the trial date close, KHS was able to secure a settlement against both the defendant driver and his employer totaling $1,799,999.99. This settlement made it onto the Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements of 2017 at #24.

Salazar v. Cannon Constructors et al. (2018) was a trip and fall case that occurred at a construction site in Los Angeles, California. Our client, an electrician, was walking to his work station early in the morning when he tripped and fell into a four foot deep trench that had been dug directly in his path of travel, fracturing several ribs and lacerating his spleen. There were no warning signs, trench plates, or other indications that the trench was there. The lawsuit named both the general contractor in charge of the construction site as well as the subcontractor who dug the trench as defendants. Although the defendants continually denied liability, either pointing the fingers at each other or at plaintiff for failing to watch his step, the jury awarded $2,847,500 and found no comparative fault on our client. This verdict was listed in the top 50 Work Accident Verdicts and top 50 Premises Liability Verdicts in the United States for 2018, as well as the #2 Construction Accident Verdict in California for 2018.

Perez v. Hibachi Buffet (2019) was a slip and fall case that occurred in the restroom hallway of a restaurant in Inglewood, California. Our client slipped and fell on a stream of liquid in the hallway, fracturing his kneecap into several pieces. The defendant restaurant denied all liability, and claimed that they could not have known about the liquid on the floor in time to mop it up, and that our client was at fault. In less than an hour, the jury came back with a verdict of $850,000, finding no comparative fault on our client. This verdict was honored as one of the top 100 Personal Injury Verdicts in California for 2019.

These are just a few of KTL’s successes to date. If you have a personal injury or employment case, contact us for more information on how we can help.