$715,234.96 Santa Clara County Car Crash Verdict - Casey Hultin, Claire Plotkin, & Sam Fareed - Webinar hosted by Daniel Kramer
Casey Hultin of the Dolan Law Firm, along with Sam Fareed from United Citizen Law, represented Tamiko Carrillo, a 51 year old makeup artist who fractured her femur in a car crash. Tamiko and the defendant, Daniel Forzano, both claimed to have the greenlight entering the intersection. The crash happened at a very busy intersection and there were tons of eyewitnesses, however, the only eyewitness police spoke to at the scene claimed Tamiko ran the red light. The police found Tamiko at fault for the collision as a result.
Liability was the biggest discovery concern. Tamiko was able to locate two eyewitnesses who saw the collision, and whose versions supported Tamiko’s. Then, the police ultimately walked back their conclusions at deposition. The witness who claimed Tamiko had a red light also walked back his statements in a recorded call with an adjuster, but was not willing to appear for deposition and left the state. The defense then subpoenaed for deposition every caller in the 911 call logs and eventually located a man who claimed that he spoke with Tamiko at the scene and she admitted to texting while driving. He also testified that he found her lit cell phone in her car displaying a recent text message exchange. The defendant driver also had a passenger in his car who claimed that he had a green light, not Tamiko.
While no one disputed Tamiko fractured her femur in the collision and required emergency surgery, the defense disputed the need for any future care and claimed that to the extent she did need future care, it was a result of a second collision Tamiko was in six months after this one. She also had multiple gaps in treatment, including a nearly three-year gap prior to trial.