Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to (a) present testimony that would assist the jury in quantifying the economic impact of the amputation of one leg and the degloving of the other leg and (b) prepare a LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDAR© that would graphically illustrate how the injury has changed the plaintiff’s life.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Case: Pogosyan, et al., v. Southern California Rapid Transit Division, et al.
Court: Los Angeles County California Superior Court, No. BCO70359.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Attorneys Brian J. Panish, Brown Greene (Greene, Broillet, Taylor & Wheeler - Santa Monica) and Robert S. Shtofman (Law Offices of Robert S. Shtofman - Los Angeles, California).
Case Synopsis: Mrs. Lusik Pogosyan, a 45-year old mother, was getting into her car when she was struck by a vehicle involved in a police pursuit. The Plaintiff suffered a left leg amputation through the knee, a degloving of the right leg and crushing injuries to her pelvis and other areas. The life care plan estimated that Mrs. Pogosyan's future medical expenses would be approximately $2,400,000.
However, her profound injuries prevented her from ever entering the labor force and drastically reduced her quality of life.
Attorney Comments: “Damages were difficult because the plaintiff was both unemployed at the time of the accident and was taking ‘English as a Second Language’ to qualify for a job. Your (Robert Johnson) presentation of her lost earnings capacity gave the jury a logical, rational and understandable way to quantify these difficult areas of damages. During cross examination, your answers were succinct, direct and complete.
The LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDAR© your office prepared powerfully validated the plaintiff’s family testimony so well that the defense offered no rebuttal.”
Results: Prior to trial the defense originally accepted plaintiff’s demand of $435,000, but later denied it. The jury returned a verdict of $22,000,000 which included $3,250,000 in economic (lost wages and medical expenses) damages and $17,000,000 in general damages.