Layfield & Wallace settle horse accident case in Ontario, CA

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Truck collides with horseback rider who was riding in the dark on the roadway resulting in traumatic brain injury and hearing loss; Layfield & Wallace settle the case for $250,000.

Philip Layfield and Kimberly Whang of Layfield & Wallace settled a case arising out of Ontario, California in which a truck collided into the rear of a pregnant horse, knocking the horseback rider off his horse who hit his head on the paved road. As a result, the horseback rider sustained a traumatic brain injury and hearing loss. Tragically, his pregnant horse died from her injuries. The case is “Guillermo Comparan v. Augustino Demelo” (case number CIVDS1400601) and was settled for $250,000.00 on March 3rd, 2015. The court of record was Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino.

According to court documents, on December 25th, 2012, Guillermo Comparan was riding his horse westbound along the shoulder of Edison Avenue in Mira Loma, California. Augustino Demelo was also travelling westbound on Edison Avenue in his truck. Court documents state that the Defendant claimed he did not see the Plaintiff nor his horse until the point of impact, leading Demelo to hit the rear of the horse, knocking Comparan from the horse and causing him to hit his head, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury and the death of the horse, who was pregnant at the time of the accident. Comparan also sustained numerous other injuries, including suffering from head contusions, swelling, convulsions, loss of memory, loss of hearing in left ear, fractured left shoulder and fractured clavicle. Defense experts claimed that Mr. Comparan was intoxicated, wearing dark clothing and was riding the horse in the roadway in violation of the law.

Our trial division is comprised of skilled associates, paralegals, legal analysts, medical doctors, and investigators. Our trial division appears in courtrooms all over the country and handles approximately one jury trial every single month. In fact, we try more cases than 99% of all plaintiff law firms. The insurance companies know this and the defense lawyers understand the risks of going to trial against Layfield & Wallace. The reality is that Layfield & Wallace has the ability to obtain eight figure jury verdicts where most firms might lose the case.

If you believe you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury or business litigation case, please contact Layfield & Wallace. With multiple locations in Southern California and beyond, we can be reached at 949-202-5511 or visit the firm website at

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