Plaintiff had rejected the defense CCP 998 offer of $108,000 before trial.
- Case Name: Girgis, S. v. City of Culver City, et al.
- Court and Case Number: Los Angeles Superior Court / BC674090
- Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, June 04, 2019
- Date Action was Filed: Monday, August 28, 2017
- Type of Case: Vehicles - Bus vs. Other
- Judge or Arbitrator(s): Hon. Cary Nishimoto
Plaintiffs: S. Girgis
Defendants: City of Culver City
- Type of Result: Jury Verdict
- Gross Verdict or Award: $40,000
Attorney for the Plaintiff:
Bausch Law Group by Natalie Bausch and Sarah Browne, Santa Monica
Attorney for the Defendant:
McCune & Harber, LLP by Kenton E. Moore and Nazli Alimi, Los Angeles.
Plaintiff’s Medical Expert(s):
Stepan Kasimian, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Glendale.
Pablo Pazmino, M.D., spinal surgery, Los Angeles.
Rami Hashish, biomechanics, Los Angeles.
Defendant's Medical Expert(s):
Clive Segil, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Los Angeles.
James Baharvar, M.D., internal medicine, Santa Monica.
Plaintiff's Technical Expert(s):
Rami Hashish, biomechanics.
Defendant's Technical Expert(s):
Michael Callahan, accident reconstruction, Los Angeles.
Mark Gomez, Ph.D., biomechanics, San Diego.
Facts and Background
Facts and Background:
On November 18, 2016 in Culver City, a City of Culver City bus rear-ended plaintiff's vehicle that had stopped at a yellow light at the intersection of Washington Blvd. and Washington Place.
Plaintiff alleged the City's bus driver was negligent in her operation of the bus and that the City was vicariously liable. Plaintiff claimed injuries to her neck and back as a result of the accident. She further claimed her accident-related injuries led to permanent spinal injuries that would require surgery.
At trial, defendants admitted liability, and the remaining issues were causation and damages.
Injuries and Other Damages
Physical Injuries claimed by Plaintiff:
Plaintiff claimed the accident caused cervical disc compression and herniation that developed cervical myelopathy; as far as her lower back injuries, they were unspecified, but there was some evidence presented regarding an alleged lumbar disc herniation, and lumbar sprain/strain.
Demands and Offers
- Plaintiff Final Demand before Trial: $550,000.
- Defendant §998 Offer: $108,000.