Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

CPM has been one of the leading firms in California handling catastrophic and serious personal injury cases. The attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy have a vast array of experience and success in the field, including cases and trials involving pharmaceuticals, aviation, premise liability, product liability, motor vehicles, boats, bicycles, dangerous highways, pedestrians, railroads and wrongful death.

Serious injury and wrongful death cases require not only attorneys with extensive experience, but also the financial resources to properly prepare the case for trial. CPM works with physicians in particular specialities, life care planners who focus on rehabilitation plans, economists and other trained professionals to properly assess the extent of loss of the injured person or surviving family members, and assist in obtaining the best result possible.

The needs of those victims can be overwhelming. The attorneys at CPM have dealt with a wide array of serious and catastrophic injuries and death cases, including amputations, disfigurement, paralysis, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, dog bites and other devastating losses.

RECENT CASES OF NOTE

PG&E “San Bruno Fire” Cases
San Mateo County Superior Court
CPM represented the victims of the September 9, 2010 PG&E pipeline explosion in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, CA. The blast and resulting fire destroyed 38 homes, killed 8 people, and injured many. Plaintiffs alleged that PG&E demonstrated a conscious disregard for safety in failing to properly maintain, test, and operate the pipeline, and requested punitive damages. Frank Pitre was named CAOC 2013 Consumer Attorney of the Year for his work on these cases.

Redwood City Fire Cases
San Mateo County Superior Court
CPM represents dozens of tenants who fell victim to the June 2013 blaze to a major apartment complex fire in Redwood City. The apartment served low-income tenants, including many seniors and those with mental and physical disabilities. The complex did not have a safety sprinkler system, resulting in the entire complex being gutted, causing dozens of tenants to lose all of their possessions and property.

Lisa Seligman-Mazurek, et al. v. American Medical Response, et al.
San Diego County Superior Court
On October 16, 2009, plaintiff’s decedent Michael Mazurek, 41, an orthopedic trauma surgeon for the United States Navy, rode his bicycle to work at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.  While Mazurek was traveling south on Murphy Canyon Road, a medical transport van operated by Gustavo Gonzalez allegedly cut off Mazurek.  As a result, Mazurek struck the back and side of the van, causing him to slide under the rear right tire of the vehicle, which ran him over.  Michael Mazurek’s surviving spouse and children sued American Medical Response Inc., Gonzalez’s employed and claimed Gonzalez was negligent in operation of the vehicle, causing the accident and decedent’s wrongful death.  

Dalson v. Biggs
Solano County Superior Court
Plaintiff was jogging when attacked by three vicious dogs which broke free from owners yard.  Plaintiff sustained life threatening injuries. 

John Doe v. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Monterey, et al.
Monterey County Superior Court
From 2006 through April 14, 2009, Plaintiff John Doe was a victim of a priest's sexual harassment, molestation, and abuse. Defendant Roman Catholic Bishop of Monterey failed to identify, evaluate, and/or supervise the actions of another named Defendant in his role serving the Diocese of Monterey as a Pastor at several local parishes. 

Calderon, Gomez, Saavedra v. Julieta B. Duerr, et al.
Monterey County Superior Court
On November 5, 2011, while in the care of Defendants, Plaintiff was one of six physically and cognitively impaired young residents living at their facility known as Mount Carmel, located at 3239 Seaside Court, Marina, California 93933.  At approximately 11:45 p.m., an intense blaze was reported to police and fire fighters.  When fire fighters and police arrived, they became aware of the dependent adults who were trapped inside the burning care facility.  Five of the six young dependent adults ultimately succumbed to the fire.

Murillo, et al. v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, et al.
Contra Costa Superior Court
CPM successfully represented the family of an elderly couple who were killed by an Amtrak train while their car was trapped at a dangerously designed grade railroad crossing in Crockett, California in an action against the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (“Amtrak”), Union Pacific Railroad Company and the State of California Department of Transportation.

Manlapaz, et al. v. Bills Trucking, et al.
Santa Clara Superior Court
CPM represented the family of a woman who was killed after being crushed by a semi-truck with two dirt hauling trailers while she was crossing the street near a construction site in Mountain View, California.

Gonzalez v. Oil Can Henry’s International
Monterey Superior Court
CPM successfully represented a four-year-old child who suffered brain damage after being struck and run over by a driver at an oil change service shop which failed to properly control vehicle and pedestrian safety in conjunction with its promotion of quick service.

Balcony Collapse
San Francisco Superior Court
CPM represented 13 victims of personal injuries and wrongful death arising out of Franklin Street balcony collapse in 1996.

In re MGM Grand Hotel Fire Litigation
MDL consolidated litigation by personal injury wrongful death claims in the mamoth fire that destroyed the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carnaham v. State of California
Fresno County Superior Court
CPM filed an action against the State of California and more than 100 separate defendants on behalf of scores of individuals killed or injured in a severe dust storm on I-5 over the Thanksgiving weekend in 1991.