Rear-ender with back injury and surgery. $1 million. Ventura County.


Liability is admitted but extent of injury and care is disputed.

The Case

  • Case Name: Mayra Silva v. James Allen Ramos
  • Court and Case Number: Ventura County Superior Court / 56-2014-00454537
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, March 17, 2017
  • Date Action was Filed: Monday, June 23, 2014
  • Type of Case: Vehicles - Auto vs. Auto, Vehicles – rear-ender
  • Judge or Arbitrator(s): Hon. Rocky Baio
  • Plaintiffs:
    Mayra Silva, 23, fast food worker.
  • Defendants:
    James Allen Ramos
  • Type of Result: Jury Verdict

The Result

  • Gross Verdict or Award: $1,090,716.75
  • Net Verdict or Award: $1,090,716.75
  • Economic Damages:

    Past medical expense: $159,043.65

    Future medical expense: $42,033.10

    Past lost earnings: $64,640

    Future lost earnings: $25,000

  • Non-Economic Damages:

    Past pain and suffering: $250,000

    Future pain and suffering: $550,000

  • Trial or Arbitration Time: 7 days.
  • Jury Deliberation Time: 2 1/2 days.

The Attorneys

  • Attorney for the Plaintiff:

    Quirk Law Firm, LLP by Trevor Quirk, Ventura.

  • Attorney for the Defendant:

    Hoppe Law Group by Theodore Hoppe, Fresno.

The Experts

  • Plaintiff’s Medical Expert(s):

    Richard Scheinberg, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Santa Barbara.

  • Defendant's Medical Expert(s):

    Richard Kahmann, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Santa Barbara.

  • Plaintiff's Technical Expert(s):

    Barbara Greenfield, life care planning, South Pasadena.

    Phillip Sidlow, vocational rehabilitation, Los Angeles.

  • Defendant's Technical Expert(s):

    Joanne Latham, life care planning, Encino.

    Stephanie Rizzardi, economics, San Marino.

    Rick Sarkisian, Ph.D., vocational rehabilitation.

Facts and Background

  • Facts and Background:

    Plaintiff was rear-ended on Highway 101 in Ventura on November 8, 2013. Negligence was stipulated by defendant. Plaintiff's back and neck were injured and she underwent back surgery.

  • Plaintiff's Contentions:

    That defendant's negligent driving caused plaintiff's injuries.

  • Defendant's Contentions:

    That plaintiff's back surgery was unnecessary and that plaintiff needed minimal future care.

Injuries and Other Damages

  • Physical Injuries claimed by Plaintiff:

    L4-5 discectomy, soft tissue neck injuries.

Special Damages

  • Special Damages Claimed - Past Medical: $159,043.65
  • Special Damages Claimed - Future Medical: $147,000
  • Special Damages Claimed - Past Lost Earnings: $64,640
  • Special Damages Claimed - Future Lost Earnings: $954,000

Demands and Offers

  • Plaintiff §998 Demand: On May 20,2016: $699,000.
  • Plaintiff Final Demand before Trial: In 2014: policy limits of $100,000.