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FEATURED CASE

ECONOMIST’S TESTIMONY ASSISTS REDWOOD CITY JURY IN AWARDING $6.8 MILLION IN LABORER'S WRONGFUL DEATH


Robert W. Johnson & Associates was solely retained to provide economic testimony in quantifying the present cash values of lost wages and fringe benefits and household services that Mr. Sanchez provided to his family.

Location: Redwood City, California

Case: Maria Peña for herself and as Guardian ad Litem for Ernestina Sanchez and Jennifer Sanchez Peña v. R.J.S. & Associates, Inc.; JPI Westcoast Construction LP; CF & T and Available Concrete Pumping, Inc. and Does 1 to 100

Court: Supreme Court of San Mateo County, Redwood City, California, Case No. CIV 423353.

Plaintiff's Attorneys: Russell L. Moore, Jr., The Boccardo Law Firm, San Jose, California.

Judge: Judge Foiles

Case Synopsis: The decedent, Luis Miguel Sanchez, was a 35-year-old concrete finisher with a wife and two minor daughters. On September 12, 2001, Mr. Sanchez was working when a boom used to pour concrete suddenly fell downward and hit him on the head and shoulder area. As a direct result of defendants’ negligence, Luis Miguel Sanchez sustained a fatal injury.

Expert Consultation: In this case, Mr. Johnson was retained to testify as to the loss of economic support that Mr. Sanchez would have provided to his family. In reviewing Mr. Sanchez’s earnings history, Mr. Johnson was able to calculate an economic range for his annual loss. He first looked at Mr. Sanchez’s average earnings over the three years prior to his death, which yielded $50,796 per annum. He then looked at Mr. Sanchez’s 2001 year-to-date earnings and that annualized figure was $66,048. This earnings range of $50,796 to $66,048 allowed the attorney to argue a loss of $2 million in Mr. Sanchez’s earnings capacity. Mr. Johnson also looked at the fringe benefits package provided by the Laborers Union Local 304, which amounted to over 36% of Mr. Sanchez’s earnings.

Result: On November 18, 2004, the jury awarded $6.8 million that consisted of $1,853,284 for compensatory damages and $5,000,000 for general damages.

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Attorney’s Comments: “Mr. Johnson’s expert testimony was very helpful in putting future earnings and personal consumption into perspective. By Mr. Johnson putting a range on the board, this allowed the jury room to negotiate equitable economic justice for the survivors. In addition, Mr. Johnson gave me information that allowed me to completely and thoroughly destroy both the validity and creditability of the defense expert in front of the jury.”