Las Vegas, Nevada: Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to provide economic testimony in quantifying compensatory damages and general damages.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Case: Teresa Behena, et al. v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Court: Clark County District Court, Case No. A503395.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Attorneys Albert D. Massi and Chad A. Bowers of The Law Office of Albert D. Massi, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Judge: The Honorable Sally Loehrer.
Case Synopsis: The plaintiffs rented a Ford Econoline 350 15 passenger van from Valley
View Hitch and Truck Rental. The plaintiffs, who consisted of 3 adults and six minors, were going to Missouri to see a boxing event, which was sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.
On August 14, 2006, while Ernesto Torres was operating the van on Highway SR 70 (I-70) near Moab, Utah, the left rear Goodyear tire blew out, resulting in the van going off the road surface and rolling over.
Ervetina Trujillo Tapia, a 65-year-old grandmother, and Frank Enriquez, a single father with 3 children, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Andres Torres died in the hospital shortly after the accident.
Joseph Enriquez suffered profound brain injuries. He is unable to
communicate and is permanently totally disabled.
Expert Testimony: First, Mr. Johnson was retained to calculate the compensatory damages for plaintiffs Frank Enriquez, Ervetina Trujillo Tapia, Andres Torres and Joseph Enriquez. Next, Mr. Johnson was asked to give his expert opinion as to the general damages (intangible value of life and the loss of enjoyment of life) of the case.