Offices in El Cajon, Chula Vista & Mission Valley

Case Results

 

At the Law Offices of Howard Alan Kitay, we have successfully handled thousands of San Diego personal injury cases over twenty years. A few examples:

 

 

 

$7.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict to Motorcyclist for Pain and Suffering


Attorneys Nicholas C. Rowley and Courtney Yoder, working together with attorneys Howard Kitay and other members of his law office, obtained a jury verdict of over 7.5 million dollars in El Cajon Superior Court on December 16, 2011.

The Plaintiff was an active duty sailor, 23 years old at the time he was injured. He had been married for one month and was about to leave on Westpac. He was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle to work at the Submarine base in San Diego.

A shuttle van from a local auto dealership turned left in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the side of the van. The Plaintiff was thrown forward and hit his groin on the handlebars; he broke his pelvis and smashed his testicles. As a result of the collision, Plaintiff, now 27, has permanent injuries. He incurred $43,000.00 in medical bills and lost $10,000.00 in wages.

Plaintiff's lawyers argued that the shuttle van violated Plaintiff's right of way and was 100% at fault. The Defendant corporation hired an accident reconstruction expert who testified Plaintiff was speeding and not paying attention, and the collision was Plaintiff's fault. The defense also argued Plaintiff's injuries were exaggerated.

After a two week trial, the jury determined the corporate auto dealership was 100% at fault, and awarded Plaintiff $53,000.00 for medical bills and lost wages, and 7.5 million dollars for pain and suffering.

 

$220,000.00 Jury Verdict For East County Man Injured When Car Turns Left in Front of Motorcycle

Attorney Howard Kitay obtained a $220,000.00 jury verdict for a Portrero man who was injured when a car turned left in front of his motorcycle. Mr. Kitay's client sustained a mild traumatic brain injury and an injured hand.

 

The insurance company for the driver of the car insisted the motorcyclist was speeding, and that the crash was the motorcyclist's fault. The driver of the car denied any fault for the crash.

Howard Kitay filed suit in El Cajon Superior Court. The driver of the car continued to deny fault for the crash. At trial, Mr. Kitay presented expert testimony demonstrating the motorcycle was not speeding, and that the driver of the car failed to look before turning. After a five day trial, the jury found the defendant was negligent, and rendered a verdict for Mr. Kitay's client in the sum of $220,000.00.

 

TOOL STORE ACCIDENT

$1,010,000.00 Settlement For Man Struck by Falling Box in Tool Store

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $1,010,000.00 settlement for a 41 year-old man who was struck by a falling box while shopping in a tool store in east San Diego.  

The owner of the east San Diego tool store claimed that plaintiff assumed the risk of injury when plaintiff went to the aid of a store employee who lost his balance on a ladder.  The store employee was attempting to remove a heavy box from a high shelf when he began to lose his balance.  Seeing that the employee was in danger of falling, the plaintiff rushed over to steady the ladder.  The plaintiff steadied the ladder and saved the employee from falling, but the heavy box fell on the plaintiff's neck.  The plaintiff sustained a head and neck injury in the accident.

The tool store argued that nobody asked the plaintiff for help, and, therefore, the plaintiff assumed the risk of the injury that resulted.  The tool store refused to offer any money to settle the claim.

Howard Alan Kitay filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, East County Division, and demanded $1,010,000.00 to settle the claim.  In preparing for trial, Mr. Kitay deposed every person in the store at the time, and proved that the employee on the ladder called out for help and plaintiff was the only person close enough to help him.  The tool store then offered $500,000.00 to settle the claim.  The $500,000.00 settlement offer was rejected.   

 

Less than thirty days before trial, the tool store settled plaintiff's case for $1,010,000.00.

The plaintiff sustained a bruise to his brain. Although he was at risk for seizures for a period of time after the accident, he made an excellent recovery, and eventually returned to full activity.

 

 

REAR END AUTO COLLISION

$100,000.00 Settlement in Rear-End Crash with Minimal Property Damage

 

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $100,000.00 settlement for a 52 year-old woman who was rear-ended while traveling east on Broadway, in El Cajon, California.  Plaintiff sustained $713.85 in property damage to the rear of her 1998 Toyota Corolla.

 

Following the collision, the plaintiff, a Registered Nurse, drove herself to Kaiser Permanente Emergency Department complaining of neck pain.  She was treated and released.

 

One month later, the plaintiff returned to Kaiser complaing of pain in her left shoulder.  She was prescribed Naprosyn for pain, and eventually received physical therapy at Kaiser.   

After physical therapy at Kaiser, the plaintiff consulted an orthopedic surgeon, who ordered an MRI.  The MRI revealed a herniated disc in plaintiff's neck.  The orthopedic surgeon opined that plaintiff may require surgery in the future. Plaintiff's medical bills totalled $4,043.00.   

 

Howard Alan Kitay filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, East County Division, and demanded $100,000.00 to settle the claim.  In preparing for trial, Mr. Kitay deposedthe defendant driver and all expert witnesses designated by the defendant.  Defendant's insurance company, Safeco, offered $2,500.00 to settle the claim.  The $2,500.00 settlement offer was rejected.   

 

Less than thirty days before trial, attorney Howard Alan Kitay negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement for his client.

 

REAR END AUTO COLLISION

$100,000.00 Settlement in Rear-End Crash with Minimal Property Damage

 

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $100,000.00 settlement for a 45 year-old woman who was rear-ended while traveling west on Blossom in Spring Valley, California.  Plaintiff sustained $479.73 in property damage to the rear of her 2000 Mazda 626. Following the collision, plaintiff went to Kaiser Permanente Emergency Department complaining of back and shoulder pain.  She was treated and released.

 

Three days later, plaintiff presented at a local chiropractor complaining of neck pain and stiffness, lower back pain and stiffness, and numbness in both hands.  She treated with the chiropractor, and later with Kaiser Permanente.

 

Plaintiff eventually had spine surgery at Kaiser Permanente.  Her medical bills totalled $57,769.00.  Attorney Howard Alan Kitay negotiated a medical bill discount, so that plaintif's medical bills were reduced to $2,750.00.

 

Howard Alan Kitay filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, East County Division, and demanded $100,000.00 to settle the claim.  In preparing for trial, Mr. Kitay deposedthe responsible driver and designated expert medical witnesses to testify on plaintiff's behalf.  Defendant's insurance company, Mercury Insurance, insisted that plaintiff sustained only minor soft-tissue injuries.

 

On the eve of trial, attorney Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $100,000.00 settlement for his client.  All of plaintiff's medical bills were paid, and plaintiff received $55,537.55.

 

DOG BITES OWNER

$100,000.00 Settlement After Man Bitten by His Own Dog

 

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $100,000.00 settlement for a 41 year-old man who was bitten on the right hand by his own dog. Mr. Kitay's client was visiting his sister's house with his dog. A neighbor's Rottweiler broke through a restraining fence and attacked the dog. Mr. Kitay's client was standing between the two dogs, and, while trying to separate them, was bitten in the right hand by his own dog.

 

Following the attack, the man was treated in the Hospital Emergency Room, and required surgery on his hand. After the wound healed, the hand remained stiff, and it was difficult to make a fist. The medical bills were approximately $20,000.00.

 

Howard Alan Kitay filed a claim with the Homeowners Insurance Company of the owner of the Rottweiler. The claim was denied. The insurance company said they were not responsible because the man was bitten by his own dog.

 

Howard Alan Kitay filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, East County Division, and demanded $100,000.00 to settle the claim. In preparing for trial, Mr. Kitay deposed the owners of the Rottweiler. At a court-ordered settlement conference, the judge agreed with Mr. Kitay and recommended the insurance company settle the case before trial. The insurance company refused.

 

On the eve of trial, the Homeowner's Insurance Company agreed to pay the $100,000.00 policy limit to Mr. Kitay's client.

 

SLIP AND FALL ON WET GRASS

$100,000.00 Settlement For Woman Who Slipped and Fell on Wet Grass

 

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $100,000.00 settlement for a 48 year-old woman who slipped and fell on wet grass while visiting a friend's house. The owner of the San Diego home invited plaintiff to come into her backyard, which required walking down a ramp with a six-inch-wide "well-worn path." While navigating the path, the plaintiff slipped and fell, fracturing her right ankle.

 

Plaintiff was taken to Sharp Cabrillo Hospital, where a complete examination was performed. X-rays revealed a fracture dislocation of the right ankle. Plaintiff was given intravenous Morphine for severe pain. The dislocation was then reduced and the ankle was placed in a splint. Immediately prior to release, plaintiff was given Percocet for increasing pain.

One week later, an open reduction internal fixation surgery of plaintiff's right ankle was performed at Mercy Hospital. After surgery, plaintiff's right ankle was placed in a splint. After healing, plaintiff underwent physical therapy to strengthen her ankle. Her medical bills totaled approximately $18.000.00.

 

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay filed a claim with the homeowner's insurance company, alleging the well-worn path was dangerous and defendant knew it was dangerous. The insurance company denied the claim, saying the accident was plaintiff's fault and that the 'well-worn-path' was not dangerous. The insurance company refused to offer any money to settle the claim.

 

Attorney Howard Alan Kitay filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, East County Division, and demanded the homeowner's policy limit of $100,000.00 to settle the claim. The insurance company again stated the accident was plaintiff's fault and refused to offer any money to settle the claim.

 

Mr. Kitay prepared for trial. He retained an engineering expert who inspected the "well-worn path" and reported: "The ramp where [plaintiff] experienced a slip and fall accident was an excessively sloped ramp, without a slip-resistant surface or handrail. This is a violation of the Building Code ... The slope of the ramp measures 36% which far exceeds the maximum permissible 12-1/2% slope of ramps."

 

Mr. Kitay forwarded the engineering report to the insurance carrier, noting the violation of the building code and citing Jury Instruction BAJI 3.45: "If you find that a party to this action violated the Building Code just read to you and that such violation was a cause of injury to another, you will find that such violation was negligence."

 

Notwithstanding the engineering report, the insurance company refused to settle the case, and hired their own expert to testify the well-worn path was not dangerous.

 

Mr. Kitay then deposed the homeowner, who testified she had warned the plaintiff to "be careful" on the well-worn path. In response to questions by Mr. Kitay, the homeowner admitted warning plaintiff to "be careful" because she knew the well-worn path was dangerous. One week later, the insurance company paid the $100,000.00 policy limit to plaintiff.

 

 

FALLING LIGHT FIXTURE

$45,000.00 Judgment For Man Struck by Falling Light Fixture In El Torito Restaurant

 

The Law Offices of Howard Alan Kitay obtained a $45,000.00 Judgment for a Chula Vista man who was struck by a falling light fixture in an El Torito Restaurant. The insecurely attached light fixture came loose due to vibrations from loud disco music played in the bar area. The plaintiff sustained an injury to his shoulder, which eventually healed. He was evaluated in the Emergency Room, diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon, and received physical therapy. His medical bills totaled $8300.00.

 

El Torito insisted the incident was not their fault, and refused to settle the case.

The Law Offices of Howard Alan Kitay filed suit in San Diego Superior Court. At trial, El Torito again claimed the incident was not their fault, as they had no prior notice the fixture was loose. After a four day trial, the jury determined the fixture came loose as a result of the loud disco music, and that El Torito should have periodically checked to make sure the fixture was secure. Because they did not, the jury found El Torito negligent, and awarded plaintiff $45,000.00.