A Passion For Justice Resulting In Record Verdicts and Settlements

We are proud to have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and across California since our founding in 1995. Fighting against injustice and righting wrongs is what motivates our attorneys. We know a serious injury, harassment or act of discrimination can be devastating – emotionally, physically, and financially. We are tenacious and relentless advocates in seeking justice their clients. We are fully prepared to take our clients’ cases to trial and prevail should the defendant refuse to settle on just terms. As a result we have been told by judges and mediators that the settlements we achieve are often far above industry averages. The list of trial verdicts and settlements below is a sample of our successes.  Please click each header for a full list of successes by case type.

Bike, Car, Motorcycle and Other Vehicle Crash Cases

Bicycle Crashes

bicycle accident lawsuits, settlements and verdicts

$5 million settlement for bicyclist hit by motorcycle.

$365,000 verdict for bicyclist “doored” by driver of parked car in San Francisco.

$238,000 verdict for bicyclist’s injuries due to careless pedestrian.

Car Accidents

Dolan Law Firm San Francisco Car Accident Lawyers, car accident lawsuits, settlements and verdicts

$6 million settlement for fatal head-on collision.

$2 million settlement for collision on roadway lacking divider called for in design plans.

$1.5 million settlement for severe injuries in collision.

Motorcycle Crashes

motorcycle accident lawsuits, settlements and verdicts

$6.5 million settlement for motorcyclist injured due to defects in roadway.

$3.2 million settlement for family of motorcyclist fatally struck by truck. Watch a video testimonial for the Dolan Law Firm from the mother of victim.

$2.4 million settlement for another family of a motorcyclist in fatal collision with truck.

Truck Accidents

truck accident lawsuits and settlements

$1.68 million settlement in major tanker truck collision.

$1.1 million settlement in truck accident.

Collisions with Pedestrians

pedestrian accident lawsuit, settlements and verdicts

$16 million settlement in fatal collision with pedestrian.

$4.26 million settlement for child pedestrian struck by vehicle who suffered permanent brain damage.

$1.25 million settlement for pedestrian struck and killed by San Francisco MUNI bus.

Elder Abuse and Neglect

elder abuse lawsuits, verdicts and settlements

$915,000 settlement for senior who died at skilled nursing facility who died due to undiagnosed and untreated decubitus ulcer (pressure ulcer or bed sore) on his tailbone.

$900,000 settlement for development of decubitus ulcers (pressure ulcers or bed sores) on knees of resident at nursing home resulting in amputation of his left leg.

Medical Malpractice

medical malpractice lawsuits, verdicts and settlements

Note: California law sharply restricts damages for pain and suffering and mental anguish due to medical malpractice.

$1.136 million verdict against physician failed to manage patient’s blood thinner after her mitral valve replacement resulting in patient’s death. Note: Medical Malpractice damages are limited by law in California.

$686,000 verdict for failure to properly diagnose pregnancy.

$586,500 arbitration award for misdiagnosis of pregnancy-related complications resulting patient’s death.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents/Premises Liability

pedestrian accident lawsuit, verdict and settlement

$2.38 million settlement for  severe spinal injury due to slip and fall on an uneven public sidewalk.

$2.25 million settlement for spinal fracture as a result of falling at public facility.

$2 million verdict for pedestrian who stepped into pothole in crosswalk resulting in lower leg paralysis.

Catastrosphic Accidents

  • $1.25 million SETTLEMENT. Plaintiff suffered potentially career-ending injuries when an uninsured contractor dropped a 30 to 50-pound bag of roofing materials onto her head from the third-story roof of a large apartment complex. The Dolan Law Firm brought claims of premises liability, negligence and negligence per se against the contractor and the apartment complex.
  • $700,000 SETTLEMENT for personal injuries arising out of a Vespa accident. The Vespa hit a pothole adjacent to railroad tracks dating back to the 1800’s in dilapidated road in Mission Bay.
  • $650,000 Nishihama v. Raley’s for a “stick and fall” at a Raley’s store in Modesto. While Raley’s was undergoing renovations, it held an employee awards ceremony in a recently demolished area of the store. Plaintiff became glued to the floor during the ceremony by residual glue left on the floor by Raley’s subcontractors. When the plaintiff attempted to walk forward, she fell forward, injuring her knee, shoulder and neck.
  • $300,000 SETTLEMENT. Plaintiff suffered serious personal injuries when a large plate glass window shattered on him while he was working out at a 24 Hour Fitness club in Oakland. The Dolan Law Firm brought claims of premises liability, negligence and negligence per se against 24 Hour Fitness and Swig, arguing the plate glass window should have been safety tempered glass rather than plate untempered glass.
  • $175,000 SETTLEMENT. A San Francisco renter was injured when a stair gave way as she descended an old staircase, causing ankle fracture with surgical plate fixation.
  • $149,000 SETTLEMENT. A San Francisco nightclub patron was injured when struck by a security guard, suffering a fractured nose and a decrease in the sense of smell.

Muni Accidents

  • $113,000 VERDICT, jury trial, Wanvig v. CCSF Muni, San Francisco Superior Court. Muni bus passenger injured falling on plastic bag on steps of bus that had not been cleaned. Zero offer from defendants.
  • $100,000 SETTLEMENT, personal injury. An elderly woman was injured while riding a San Francisco Muni bus. To avoid a collision with a Honda making a right turn as the bus was leaving a scheduled stop, the bus driver slammed on his brakes suddenly. This caused the plaintiff to be thrown off her seat, hitting the seat in front of her and landing on the floor. The plaintiff was taken to the hospital by emergency personnel. As a result of this accident, the plaintiff, once a fairly healthy 70-year-old woman, developed knee, shoulder and back problems and headaches. According to investigation, the bus driver acted in a careless manner for a public transportation driver who is responsible for the safety of passengers. The Honda driver did not expect the bus driver to move forward, blocking his turn, because the bus was stopped at a bus stop. Case was settled for $100,000 in favor of plaintiff, including attorneys’ fees.

Harassment Cases

  • $60 million VERDICT, California jury awards $50 million in punitive damages, $11 million in compensatory damages, to Arab-American FedEx drivers.
  • $750,000 SETTLEMENT, racial employment harassment of an African-American female by the manager of major transportation company, resulting in wrongful discharge. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $375,000 SETTLEMENT, DOE v. CCSF, sexual harassment. A female employee of a public works department was sexually harassed by her co-worker. She reported it to management and management began retaliating against and harassing her. In addition to financial compensation, the client was transferred to a different department, free from harassment.
  • $320,000 SETTLEMENT, San Francisco. A hotel worker was harassed on the basis of race, retaliated against for taking medical leave, denied accommodation and wrongfully terminated. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $275,000 SETTLEMENT, employment retaliation case versus City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Works. A male employee stood up for female employee, protesting sexual harassment by shop workers, and suffered retaliation in the form of discipline.
  • $230,000 SETTLEMENT, sexual harassment. Mr. Dolan and Ms. Pusey recently achieved resolution in a sexual harassment case involving a prestigious car dealership in Southern California. The plaintiff, a manager, was sexually harassed by her supervisor, who made a series of sexually suggestive comments to the plaintiff. When one of the plaintiff’s employees came to her and complained of also being subjected to unwanted conduct, the plaintiff came forward and complained to Human Resources. The plaintiff was never informed as to the status of an investigation or whether the supervisor had been reprimanded. Within one week of having made her complaint, the supervisor engaged in actions that were perceived to indicate a physical threat. The plaintiff complained that she was fearful for her safety. The employer took no steps to assure the plaintiff that she would be safe, leaving her with no choice but to resign.

Employment Discrimination

  • $2.5 million+, Gender Orientation Discrimination and Retaliation. Female employee of Fortune 500 company brought a claim against her employer alleging that she was terminated for having protested the use of homophobic slurs and statements in the workplace wade by senior company executives. Employee was stripped of all responsibilities and slated for termination when she retained the Dolan Law Firm to file a complaint on her behalf. The matter was resolved without the need for a trial. The names and identities of the parties are withheld due to confidentiality agreements.
  • $750,000 SETTLEMENT, disability discrimination of a disfigured amputee by a large corporation. An employee who had suffered burns, losing his hands and disfiguring his face, was denied employment because of his burns. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $710,000 SETTLEMENT for race and sexual orientation discrimination. The Dolan Law Firm represented four employees of a major corporation for discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. Derogatory and racial slurs were frequently used in the workplace by managers when referring to The Dolan Law Firm clients. When the clients complained, nothing was done to correct the harassment, rather, the clients were retaliated against and/or wrongfully terminated. The matter was resolved prior to trial. The names and identities of the parties are withheld due to confidentiality agreements.
  • $650,000 SETTLEMENT, Pregnancy discrimination, San Francisco, California. A pregnant woman was harassed, called a “fat cow,” asked to provide breast milk to her supervisor, denied full pregnancy disability leave, and demoted based on the perception that she would not be able to do her job while raising a family. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $545,000 SETTLEMENT, disability discrimination (depression), failure to provide medical leave, failure to accommodate (provide time off work for hospitalization), and wrongful discharge. A 60-year-old employee of a major financial institution was denied the right to take time off to seek psychiatric care for depression. Disciplinary action started after requested time off, leading to termination the day before medical leave was to be taken. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $435,000 SETTLEMENT, housing discrimination case in which a San Francisco man with AIDS was denied an apartment because of his disease. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $345,000 VERDICT, jury trial, Justet v. United Airlines, San Francisco Superior Court. Disability discrimination/failure to accommodate. Case brought by a diabetic who required sick time because of distal neuropathy. United stopped providing the accommodation that it had offered for eight years and began disciplining the employee. The defendants made a $200,000 offer before trial. Attorneys’ fees pending because United filed bankruptcy.
  • $200,000 gender discrimination, Hastings v. Seton Medical Center, Daughters of Charity. Charlene Hastings, a trans-gender woman, sought to have breast augmentation surgery done at Seton Hospital, a hospital run by the Daughters of Charity, a Catholic-affiliated facility. The hospital provided breast augmentation services for other women, but Ms. Hastings alleged that the hospital refused to provide her with breast augmentation surgery. Ms. Hastings claimed that hospital administrators indicated they would not provide sex surgery for her, a trans-gender, because “God made her a man.” Ms. Hastings brought suit pursuant to the UNRUH Act, California Civil Code, Section 51.7, et seq., which prohibits discrimination in the provision of goods, services and contracting. This law requires that businesses treat all people equally regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, age and trans-gender status. Following the filing of the lawsuit, Seton Hospital agreed to change its policy so as to provide for plastic surgeries on trans-gender women to the same extent it would provide them for other women. The hospital also agreed to pay Ms. Hastings $200,000.
  • Six-figure SETTLEMENT, failure to accommodate disability. Mr. Dolan and Ms. Pusey assisted a man who suffered life-threatening, disabling injuries while riding his motorcycle to work in San Francisco. The plaintiff remained in a coma for four days after he was run off the freeway by an unidentified driver who failed to stop. The plaintiff’s roommate called the plaintiff’s employer to say that the plaintiff was severely injured and was in the hospital. As soon as the plaintiff was released from the hospital, he visited his place of employment to provide information about his disabling condition. The plaintiff was promised job security and told to focus on “getting better.” The plaintiff returned to the workplace several times throughout his recovery to provide his employer with medical documentation. On the last visit, only weeks before the plaintiff was to be released to work, he was told that his employment was terminated. The plaintiff submitted a demand letter and the parties participated in pre-litigation mediation. The opening offer of settlement was $7,500. The plaintiff was able to contact another manager during the mediation who confirmed that management knew of the plaintiff’s condition prior to submitting termination paperwork. The case ultimately settled in the six figures.

Wrongful Termination

  • $20 Million VERDICT for employee who was wrongfully terminated after reporting timeshare fraud directed at seniors by her superiors. The lawsuit, Williams v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, showed the power of the law provided whistleblowers in California who bring wrongful termination lawsuits.
  • $1.1 million SETTLEMENT, on behalf of disabled employee whose employment was terminated following a medical leave.
  • $587,500 SETTLEMENT, medical leave, disability and retaliation claims. Employee who was injured at work required a medical leave and temporary light duty reassignment during recovery. Employer failed to provide light duty, refused to permit employee to take medical leave, and retaliated against employee for filing a workers compensation claim by terminating employment. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $500,000 SETTLEMENT wrongful discharge and retaliation of male field worker for a major energy company who protested the sexual harassment of his female co-workers by his supervisors. The employee was reinstated in addition to the financial award. Names confidential as condition of settlement.

LGBT Rights

  • $300,000 SETTLEMENT, gender orientation discrimination/retaliation. Lesbian employee of a high-tech company was not given equal promotional opportunities and was terminated on trumped-up charges by a homophobic supervisor. Names confidential as condition of settlement.
  • $220,000 SETTLEMENT, sexual orientation harassment. A San Francisco nurse was harassed on the basis of his being gay. The supervisor trumped up false charges to cause wrongful termination.

Employment Wage Claims

  • $140,000 SETTLEMENT, employment/wage claim. Five employees sued their employer for failure to pay minimum wage, overtime, and meal and rest breaks. The group of employees received compensation for all their wages, plus interest, penalties and attorneys fees.

Contact the Dolan Law Firm

The cases above are just a small sampling of the successes that the Dolan Law Firm has had since we started in 1995. As the settlement and verdict amounts prove, we have the skills necessary to prevail in even the most complex cases. Contact The Dolan Law Firm for a free case evaluation by calling 888-452-4752 or emailing us.
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