Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to provide economic testimony in quantifying the present cash value of lost earning capacity and future medical expenses.
Location: San José, California
Case: Rasheed T. Hilson, a minor, by an through his Guardian ad Litem, Dalette Hilson v. Kim Phuoc Tran, et al.
Court: Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara, Case No. 108CV104376.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Plaintiff’s attorneys Richard Alexander and Jeffrey Rickard of the law firm of Alexander Hawes, LLP, San José, California.
Judge: The Honorable Leslie C. Nichols.
Case Synopsis: On November 14, 2007 at 4:20 pm, Rasheed Hilson, a young African-American student, left a girls’ basketball game at Morrill Middle School in San José, California.
Outside of the gym, Rasheed briefly chatted with four friends before seeing his bus and, in typical 12- year-old fashion, ran to catch it without thinking of anything else. He ran down the school driveway into the street, without looking, directly into the path of a BMW SUV.
Rasheed was hit, shattered the BMW’s windshield and flew over the vehicle. The defendant driver reported she was going 33 mph in a school zone and kept driving 130 yards after impact before turning and stopping. Defendant thought a rock had shattered her windshield.
As a result of the incident, Rasheed suffered the following injuries:
- he had to have a small portion of his brain removed;
- he is hemiparetic and his left arm and left leg will forever be paralyzed;
- he is permanently bedridden and in diapers;
- he has suffered the loss of left visual field in both eyes;
- he had his skull fused to cervical vertebrae 1-3;
- he has had surgical reduction and fixation of his left tibia and fibula, which resulted in his left leg being two inches shorter than his right leg;
- he has suffered a tracheostomy for breathing and a stomach tube for nutrition;
- he has a broken jaw, fractured teeth, fractured pelvis and a fracture to the head of the femur.