Pam and Eric Obtain Verdict of $669,623!
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Pam and Eric Obtain Verdict of $669,623
46-year-old Christie Wilson was injured in a rear-end collision on February 19, 2015.  She suffered neck and low back strains.  As a result of her physical limitations, she was unable to begin a specialty shoe sales position at SAS shoes. The owner of the company had agreed to a salary of $150,000. At trial, plaintiff waived her $12,000 in past medical specials, which was mostly chiropractic care. She claimed $594,623 in past and future lost income and  $100,000 in general damages. Plaintiff called Todd Simpson, D.C. of Brea. He saw plaintiff on 53 visits over 9 months. He testified her pain was chronic and that his care did not totally resolve her injuries. Plaintiff called economist David Fractor Ph.D., to provide opinions about the lost job opportunity and the offset earnings. His calculations were used by the court in determining the verdict.  

The defendant disputed the entire lost earnings claim. Defense orthopedic surgeon Daniel Kaplan, M.D. (La Habra) testified that plaintiff had soft-tissue injuries that should have resolved within weeks of the collision and that the only reasonable care would have been 8-10 physical therapy visits and home exercise. Defense CPA, Alan Lurie, testified he did not believe there was any lost income because he did not have enough documentation to allow him to evaluate the claim. He further contended that he believed that SAS shoes could not afford to pay the claimed $150,000 salary.

Defense counsel waived jury the morning of trial. Following a 3-day bench trial in Orange County, Pamela S. Liosi and Eric V. Traut of the Traut Firm obtained a verdict of $669,623.    

The pre-trial offer from Allstate was $10,000 and in closing, defense counsel asked that the judge award only that amount. Plaintiff served a C.C.P. § 998 for $100,000, which Allstate allowed to lapse. At the conclusion of the trial, the judge awarded plaintiff $75,000 in general damages and $594,623 in loss of income.  

The defendant’s policy with Allstate policy was $1 million. With interest and costs, the verdict will exceed $700,000. Read more...
Eric Speaks at CAALA Vegas 2017 Panel
Eric spoke at Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles insurance bad faith issues panel for CAALA Vegas 2017, known as the nation's largest trial lawyer convention. Eric spoke on the topic of "Handling UM/UIM Claims and Spotting Bad Faith Issues". Read more...
Eric Wins Verdict in Auto v. Auto Trial!
Eric won the Bailey v. Ake trial in August where the plaintiff's 1972 restored classic GMC truck was totaled in a collision caused by Ake. The defendant's insurance company offered only $5,000 for the truck while plaintiff Bailey demanded $17,000. The verdict was $15,300 following the testimony of opposing classic vehicle appraisers, the plaintiff, and the plaintiff's father who spent two years restoring the vehicle.
Eric to Speak at ASCDC 57th Annual Seminar
Eric will speak at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel's Annual Seminar on a panel comprised of mediators, a plaintiff attorney, a defense attorney, and potentially a judge with the LASC settlement program. Eric will present the plaintiff’s perspective on this issue. Read more...
Eric Makes America’s Top 100 High Stakes
Eric has been selected to the list of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Southern California, an honor reserved for only the top one-half of one percent of all litigators in the country! Read more...
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Vine Restaurant & Bar

Says Eric of Vine Restaurant & Bar: "Best gourmet burger both south and north of the border appropriately named the Mexicali. Describing its perfect construction would not do it justice." Read more...
A Reputation for Results
Over the years, Eric Traut has achieved dozens of six- and seven-figure verdicts. In fact, Traut Firm wins over 95 percent of their cases.
Employee Profile:
Graciela Castejon

A former OCBF Project SELF intern, Graciela is now working with Traut Firm as a part time file clerk and is a special part of our Traut Firm team.
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