Category: Appeals

Elder Abuse Judgment Affirmed

The Court of Appeal has affirmed a $1.6 million elder abuse judgment in favor of Martin’s clients for the wrongful death of their mother caused by the reckless neglect of a skilled nursing facility.

Judgment in Truck Rollover Reversed Again

Martin has won a second reversal for the plaintiff in a wrongful death case involving a water truck rollover. In a prior appeal, the Court of Appeal reversed a judgment in favor of the defendant due to jury instruction and evidentiary errors. In the appeal decided today, the Court of Appeal reversed another judgment because the jury rendered a compromise verdict and the court gave a defective special verdict form.

Ninth Circuit Allows Jail Suicide Case to Proceed

In a published opinion, the Ninth Circuit has allowed a case to proceed against the City of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Police Department, and individual officers for the attempted suicide of a troubled young man who hung himself with his own belt while left unattended in a holding cell in violation of the department’s own policies. Martin represented the young man, who suffered permanent brain injury and is now unable to communicate or care for himself.