but we’re pleased our efforts gained the Hueso heirs a settlement that brought justice and closure to this sad affair. We hope Diestel Turkey will operate and maintain their vehicles in a safer manner to avoid another tragedy.
San Diego, CA (Vocus) July 1, 2010
Attorneys John N. Demas and S. David Rosenthal, partners in the Sacramento personal injury trial law firm of Demas & Rosenthal (http://www.injury-attorneys.com), announce an unprecedented verdict recently returned in the case of Hueso v. Diestel Turkey Ranch, (case number CV 53193 consolidated with CV 53202) which was tried in the Tuolumne County Superior Court in Sonora California. Tuolumne County is known for its conservative jury pool and historically low personal injury verdicts.
Mr. Demas represented the children of Mr. and Mrs. Hueso, husband and wife, who were killed in an auto accident when their vehicle collided with a big rig truck operated by Diestel Turkey Ranch, a local family business and one of the biggest employers in Tuolumne County. The initial investigation by the California Highway Patrol found Mr. Hueso at fault for the accident. However, the family took issue with the thoroughness of the CHP investigation and the officer’s conclusions and filed a personal injury lawsuit to prove Mr. Hueso was not at fault.
The Huesos’ first attorney attempted to work the case towards settlement, but Diestel Turkey denied responsibility for the crash and offered nothing. Just six weeks before trial, the case was referred to John N. Demas, an accomplished trial lawyer with Demas & Rosenthal, a four attorney Sacramento law firm that represents injury victims throughout California. Taking a case over so close to trial is generally a disadvantage since cases go through a lengthy discovery and investigation process.
However, using investigation performed during the last few weeks leading up to trial, Mr. Demas proved that the trailer lights on the Diestel truck involved in the crash were not working, that Diestel’s trucks were not maintained to industry standards, and that Diestel did not provide required safety training to their drivers. Agreeing that Diestel was responsible for the crash, the jury awarded the Hueso children $2,500,000.00, which is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in Tuolumne County, California.
“No amount of money is worth a tragic loss of life,” Mr. Demas stated, “but we’re pleased our efforts gained the Hueso heirs a settlement that brought justice and closure to this sad affair. We hope Diestel Turkey will operate and maintain their vehicles in a safer manner to avoid another tragedy. ”
About Demas & Rosenthal
The law firm of Demas & Rosenthal is a team of Sacramento personal injury lawyers that has been serving injured clients since 1993 in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents and many other issues. The Sacramento injury attorneys at the firm work for plaintiffs who have been wrongfully injured by other parties.
The Sacramento personal injury lawyers at the firm have secured several multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients, and have argued cases in both state and in federal court against both individual and corporate defendants.