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 * $1,000,000.00 Head-on Collision/Wrongful Death of 50 year old father and husband.

A head-on collision caused the death of a 50 year old father and husband who was on his way to a business appointment. The defendant negligently crossed over the center line and collided head-on.  The wife of the deceased husband contacted my office after she was informed by her then current attorney that the only insurance available was $15,000.00. The wife was already distraught and grieving over the loss of her husband of 25 years. Additionally, she had lost her husband her only source of financial support as well her emotional support. The $15,000.00 settlement would barely cover the medical and burial expenses of her husband. Once retained by the widow, our firm immediately launched an investigation into all of the possible sources of underinsured motorist coverage. Through our investigation, we found what the other attorney had completely missed; a 1,000,000.00 Underinsured Motorist Policy through his employer. After s few months of litigation, the insurance carrier tendered the policy limit of $1,000,000.00 which helped the client cover the loss of financial support her husband would likely have provided over his remaining working life.  It also provided damages for the loss of love, companionship, solace and the enjoyment of the relationship between her and her husband of 25 years.

 * $2,000,000.00 Garbage Truck rear ends Tahoe/Herniated Disc/Medical Negligence-punctured Spinal Cord during Cervical Facet Injections.

A municipal garbage truck failed to brake and struck the rear end of a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe at approximately 45 miles per hour. My client was a 43 year old female that worked for the state of California, DMV. The rear end collision caused her to suffer a herniated disc at C6/C7 causing radicular pain and symptoms down her right arm.  While treating at a hospital, cervical facet injections were being administered to the C6/C7 disc. Due to the medical negligence of the doctor, the client’s spinal cord was punctured 3 times. The client was released and not informed that the cervical facet injections had went wrong and punctured her spinal cord a very serious condition.  The client returned to the Hospital emergency department where she was hospitalized for a week. The punctured spinal cord causes chronic pain prevents the client from returning to work. The garbage truck company settled for $1,000,000.00 and the hospital settled for $1,000,000.00 after extensive litigation in both cases.

 * $2,300,000.00 T-Bone Automobile     Collision/Compound Fractures both legs and ankle injury

A 60 year old female sustained severe compound fractures in the tibia and fibula in both legs when the defendant failed to stop for a posted stop sign. The client could not take evasive action to avoid the impending collision. The client was hospitalized for three weeks. She developed blood clots in her legs that dislodged and she developed pulmonary embolisms from the blood clots. She was hospitalized and eventually recovered from that complication. The client sustained permanent injuries, has chronic pain and was unable to return to work employment. This result allowed her to support herself for the rest of her life something she would have been able to do had the accident not happened. This helped give the client back some of the dignity and self-respect her disability from the collision caused her to lose.

 * $500,000.00 Dog Bite-Attack/Several puncture wounds, crushed and fractured distal ulna, surgery

Client was offered a German Sheppard, Spurs with no disclosure of the dog’s prior aggressive tendencies toward other dogs. The owner’s agent brought Spurs to the client’s home where it met the client’s dog, Bandit. Within two minutes of being delivered to client’s home, Spurs violently and viciously attacked and repeatedly bit the client and her dog, Bandit. The defendants denied liability and stated they were not responsible through their insurance company.  The defendants claimed that ownership transferred to the client upon delivery of the dog to her home under Menches v. Inglewood Humane Society (1945) 51 Cal.App.2d 41. This would have relieved the defendants from being strictly liability and having a legal obligation under Civil Code section 3342(a) to pay damages to the client. Defendants brought a Motion for Summary Judgment to have the case dismissed by the court as having no legal merit. If the Motion for Summary Judgment would have been granted, our client would have lost her entire case. Our firm countered that argument by establishing that the client had made a conditional acceptance of the German Sheppard, Spurs that conditioned transfer of ownership on Spurs being able to share the backyard with the client’s dog, Bandit. The court ruled on the case and held that the there was no transfer of ownership and that our client’s case had significant merit. The client prevailed after extensive and relentless written opposition to the Motion for Summary Judgment after oral argument in court by Mr. Mazzela.  Within two weeks of our firm winning the opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment, the insurance company accepted the client’s policy limit demand served by our firm for $500,000.00.

Fresno County Superior Court

 * Premises Liability/550 Gallon Gravity Feed Diesel Fuel Tank Collapses/Broken Neck
/Jury Verdict $785,196.76


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To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your accident claim, contact us or call us at (559) 297-1118. Our offices are conveniently located on the North East side of Fresno. We are open during normal business hours. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We also accept telephone calls 24 hours a day. We will travel to the hospital or your home to meet with you, when necessary. Mr. Mazzela also handles larger  personal injury cases throughout the state of California.

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At the Law Office of Timothy W. Mazzela, in Fresno, we represent individuals throughout the Central Valley in California, including Madera, Clovis, Selma, Hanford, Merced, Modesto, Tulare, Visalia, Oakhurst, Coarsegold, Lemoore, Bakersfield, Lancaster, Palmdale and Los Angeles; in Kings County, Fresno County, Kern County, Merced County, Tulare County, Stanislaus County and Los Angeles County; and throughout the communities around Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Millerton Lake, Shaver Lake and the San Joaquin Valley. Mr. Mazzela also handles larger  personal injury cases throughout the state of California.

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