San Mateo, CA: Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to provide economic analysis of the lost earning capacity and future life care plan expenses.
Citation: Zachary Rowe, a minor, by and through his Guardian ad Litem, Cabot Peters Jr. and Michelle Peters v. Pacific Gas & Electric Company, County of San Mateo, Western Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Does 1-50, Inclusive, No. CIV515962, Superior Court of San Mateo County. Plaintiff’s attorney was Timothy G. Tietjen of Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn, San Francisco, CA. The judge was the Honorable Steven L. Dylina.
Case Synopsis: On July 25, 2012, plaintiff Zachary Rowe, 12, was camping with his family in an approved campground in San Mateo County Memorial Park. He was injured when a rotten 72-foot-tall tanoak tree collapsed and fell onto his tent as he slept, causing catastrophic injuries.
Although Zachary suffered multiple injuries, his cousin, who slept next to him, was not injured. Zachary fractured his left femur and a crushed pelvis, which prevented blood flow to his right leg. As a result of the injuries, doctors determined the only way to save Zachary’s life was to perform an amputation of his pelvis, buttocks and right leg. Zachary endured over 50 surgeries and initially spent six months in the hospital. All of his procedures have exceeded $5 million in hospital bills.
Zachary, through his guardian ad litem, Michelle Peters, sued the owner and operator of the campground, the County of San Mateo, the owner of the power line, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), and the vegetation management contractor for PG&E, Western Environmental Consultants, Inc. (WECI). The company hired by the County to inspect its campsites for hazardous trees, The Davey Tree Expert Co., was later added as a defendant.