Berry v. Elazar
Judgment Obtained Against Brother of Famous Professional Poker Player
The firm has recently obtained, after five years of litigation and a seven day jury trial, a judgment for a client against the brother of professional poker player Eli Elezra. Besides poker, Eli Elezra is “a multi-million dollar businessperson with several successful ventures on the Las Vegas strip”. See link here. His brother, Moshe Elazar, negligently turned in front of our client, while attempting to cut a corner, and hit our client nearly head-on. Besides multiple abrasions and a facial fracture, our client later underwent years of treatment for his neck and back injuries, and has not been able to work or support his family since this accident. Unfortunately, the Defendant, as is all too often the case, did not have enough insurance coverage to compensate our client for this loss. Even worse, in this case, the Defendant, while having many business ties to his brother’s businesses, has taken extraordinary steps to elude taking responsibility for this loss.
While the firm is content with the judgment, we will not be satisfied until our client obtains financial stability and the Defendant pays the judgment against him. As discussed later in this Newsletter, NEVER assume the person who hits you has enough insurance to cover your injuries; always make sure to have enough of your own insurance to cover yourself. If you need an analysis of your uninsured or underinsured coverage, call our office for a free consultation.
Westling v. Yellow Cab
On December 1, 2011, a Ganz & Hauf client was awarded over $950,000 (including attorneys’ fees, costs and interest) following a six-day binding arbitration.
The Plaintiff was hit by a Yellow Cab driver in 2006. She sustained life-altering injuries to her neck, back and shoulder as a result of the crash, and required surgery to her shoulder and neck. As is the goal of all the cases we handle, the surgeries she underwent were extremely successful and the majority of the award was for the payment of her medical expenses. Yellow Cab, as is unfortunately all too often the case with defendants, decided not to take responsibility for the negligent actions of their driver, forcing the Plaintiff into litigation for over five years. Ganz & Hauf is proud to have fought to ensure that this client obtained the necessary medical care she needed and to obtain the compensation she deserved, even if it means taking on a large corporation that refuses to willingly take responsibility for the harm it’s employee caused.
Temple v. NV Star Cab Co.
This case was a matter where a referring attorney associated Ganz & Hauf to litigate the matter. The Plaintiff was rear-ended by a taxi and then subsequently, the taxi was rear-ended by another vehicle causing the taxi to impact the Plaintiff again, this time pushing the Plaintiff’s vehicle into the car in front of it. The Plaintiff had been impacted three different times within seconds of each other, being thrown throughout the vehicle. Prior to the arbitration, the Plaintiff settled his claims with the vehicle that impacted the taxi. Ganz & Hauf arbitrated the case over two days and obtained a finding against the taxi company for $877,054.71.
Drew v. American Family
Ganz & Hauf obtained an impressive Arbitration decision in a case where our client was rear-ended. The person causing the crash took responsibility, but, as is often the case in our community, the person who caused the crash did not have enough insurance to compensate our client for his injuries. Although our client had an underinsured policy to help compensate him for his injuries, his insurer, American Family, did not treat him fairly in its evaluation of his claim, forcing him into a lawsuit. We agreed to resolve both the amount due under his insurance contract for damages for his injury, as well as the bad faith damages for the way American Family treated him, in binding arbitration. The Arbitrator held that insurance companies cannot treat their own insured in such a way! Ganz & Hauf obtained a decision in the amount of $594,757.94.
Smith v. Gung-Ho Concrete
In August, 2011 Ganz & Hauf obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for our client violently rear-ended by a concrete truck driver, when her car was stopped for a pedestrian crossing at a crosswalk. Our client suffered serious injuries including a cervical disc injury that required a three-level cervical fusion. She also suffered neurologic injuries that led to a Convergence Syndrome and a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Unfortunately, her life will never be the same, as a result of another person’s negligence. Ganz & Hauf was proud to obtain a settlement that will help her live as comfortably as possible and obtain the future care she will need.
Centeno v. Coe
Over $2,000,000 Judgment Obtained from Jury Award.
After nearly five years in litigation, Ganz & Hauf obtained a favorable verdict for it’s client on October 14, 2010 following a two week jury trial. The case was tried for the first time by a jury in August, 2007, however, due to a reversible error that occurred during the trial, the Nevada Supreme Court recently affirmed the granting of a new trial.
Robert Vannah, Esq., and John Greene, Esq., of the law offices of Vannah & Vannah, were brought in by Ganz & Hauf as co-counsel for the Plaintiff, and assisted in litigating the case in preparation for the second, most recent, trial. The two firms are proud of the ultimate outcome which resulted in a judgment, which is currently in excess of $2,000,000. The client will finally receive compensation for his injuries and some financial stability for his future.
Lindsey v. Dixon
Client Receives $1,765,000 Settlement
After a challenging two week jury trial, Ganz & Hauf has obtained a settlement for one of its clients that will provide her comfort and supportive care for the rest of her life. The firm recently settled the matter, just before closing arguments, and after two weeks in trial, insuring that the client will have enough money for future needs as well as financial stability.
The majority of cases do not go to trial, but sometimes it is inevitable. The firm believes in the principle that a case should only go to trial when insurance companies refuse to take responsibility and compensate injured people fairly.
This particular settlement was obtained from two different sources for over $1,000,000 above the Defendants’ insurance policy limits. Often times, insurance companies take it upon themselves to deny claims, thereby, allowing Ganz & Hauf to exceed the offending parties’ policy limits of insurance. Ganz & Hauf has settled millions of dollars in claims that have exceeded insurance policy limits. While this case is not representative of everyone’s case, and each case needs to be valued separately and distinctly, understand that the firm is here to insure that their clients get the maximum value for their claims.
Metta v. Rinker
In September, 2006, Ganz & Hauf, in conjunction with Vannah & Vannah, obtained a $5,000,000 settlement at mediation for a client who was severely injured when a 18-wheeler pulled out in front of him on the highway.
Gentry v. Walmart
In March, 2006, following a four day trial, Ganz & Hauf obtained a jury verdict of $708,446 on behalf of a client injured while shopping at Walmart, when she was struck by a pallet of boxes pushed into her by a Walmart employee.
Long v. Reller
Ganz & Hauf, in conjunction with the law firm of Vannah & Vannah, obtained a jury verdict on behalf of their client in the amount of $3,596,331.76, in July, 2006. The client was injured when a vehicle blew a red light, causing him to t-bone the vehicle.
Taylor v. Western States Contracting
In January, 2008, Ganz & Hauf obtained a $2,500,000 settlement for their client, who was injured when her vehicle was hit and dragged by a semi-tuck.
Sparta v. Ascuncion
Ganz & Hauf was retained in May, 2009 as trial counsel for this client. With the trial just two weeks away, Ganz & Hauf was able to prepare and win a jury verdict of $318,125.54 for the client, who had been injured in a car accident.
Hubert v. Century National
In this August, 2010, insurance bad faith case, this Ganz & Hauf client obtained a total settlement of $915,000 from multiple sources. The client was injured in a motor vehicle accident, and quickly settled with the person that caused the accident. He then made a claim against his underinsured motorist carriers, who refused to fairly evaluate his serious injuries, or pay his claim.
Ross v. Sunset Station
In 2013, our client suffered from several spinal injuries after falling off a chair in a local casino. The Casino failed to provide a safe environment for their patrons. As a result of this event, our client had to have a serious, life altering back surgery. Even with this treatment, he will suffer with permanent pain and discomfort for the rest of his life. Also, as a result of the fall, our client is unable to fulfill his work duties, costing his family a considerable amount on loss wages and permanently impairing their income.
Ganz & Hauf was able to obtain a $500,000 settlement to compensate the client for medical bills and the pain and suffering that resulted from this tragic event.
Featheran v. Smith
Failure to share the road with motorcycles is, unfortunately, an all too common problem in our community. It was no more evident, when in 2015, a semi-truck turned directly in front of our client and crashed into his motorcycle. Our client sufferred a femur fracture and several spinal injuries, and was lucky not to have been decapitated as he laid down his bike.
Due to the nature of the crash, this young veteran will always suffer from residual pain in his leg and lower back. Fortunately, Ganz & Hauf was able to obtain a $501,083 settlement; an amount that will allow our client to pay for future medical care and be compensated for the pain and suffering that resulted from this incident.
Breckon v. Fradin
On 2017, Ganz & Hauf obtained a million-dollar settlement for a client who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident. Like it often happens in these types of crashes, the car driver failed to take the necessary precautions and yield to our client. Because of the conduct of the careless driver, our client suffered from several spinal injuries which caused him to have many costly procedures. Unfortunately, due to the damages, our client’s life will never be the same. The attorneys at Ganz & Hauf made it a priority to obtain a settlement that would guarantee our client a comfortable life, as well as ensure our client the ability to obtain the future medical care that he will need.
Fleming v. Maddigan
In 2017, a Ganz & Hauf client, who was still in high school, obtained a million-dollar settlement following several years of litigation.
Our client was driving straight down American Pacific Road, when someone unexpectantly turned in front of her, resulting in permanent spinal injuries. The damages were so severe, that our client was no longer able to continue with her passions and many of her goals in life were adjusted because of her constant pain that she endured. The attorneys at Ganz & Hauf made the well being of our client a vital aspect of the case, ensuring that the settlement would cover future medical care and compensate for the pain and suffering endured by our young client.
Robles v. Burman
In 2013, our client was the passenger of a motor vehicle when another car drove into the vehicle causing the collision. As a result of this reckless driving, our client suffered from several injuries that caused him to seek immediate medical treatment. After several years of litigation, and a neck surgery, the attorneys at Ganz & Hauf were able to obtain our client a settlement of $400,000.
Owen v. Bars
On 2012, our client was driving when another vehicle failed to yield at a stop sign which caused him to T-bone our client. As a result, our client was recommended neck injections and other spinal injuries resulting in significant medical treatment.
Ganz & Hauf obtained a $250,000 settlement to cover his medical bills as well as pain and suffering that resulted from this crash.
McDaniel v. Nishigushi
In 2015, our client suffered from a collision with a negligent driver who failed to yield while pulling out of a private driveway. This crash resulted in permanent spinal injury for our client, am injury for which she will need to receive treatment for the rest of her life. After a brief negotiation process, the attorneys of Ganz & Hauf were able to obtain a $500,000 settlement to cover all future medical costs.
Zamudio v. Lopez
In 2014, our client was driving when the semi-trailer in front of him abruptly made a turn, causing our client to rear-end the semi. Because of the impact, there was an airbag deployment. The immediate severity of the crash caused our client to be taken to a nearby emergency room by an ambulance. As a result of this accident, Mr. Zamudio suffered from several spinal problems. These injuries, such as lumbar and shoulder pains, forced him to undergo costly pain management treatments.
Mr. Zamudio’s main concern was being able to support his daughter and pregnant wife through his recovery, as it was very painful for him to perform his work. Financial stability and support for our clients are always part of our attorneys’ main priorities. After a few years of litigation, Ganz & Hauf was able to obtain a $500,000 settlement for our client; allowing to cover the cost of future care and providing this family with the support that they needed.
Horst v. CSAA
In 2017, Ms. Horst was terribly treated by her insurance company when it denied her coverage after she suffered injuries from a car crash. A Bad Faith claim was initiated by Ganz & Hauf, as a result of the conduct of the insurance company towards their insured.
After a swift negotiation period, the case was settled for $250,000. A sufficient amount to cover for our client’s medical bills and the bad faith damages.
Pham v. Tapias-Rodriguez
In 2016, our client was driving his motor vehicle when a negligent driver crashed into his car. The defendant was driving a company vehicle and failed to take the necessary precautions to avoid a crash. As a result of this incident, Mr. Pham suffered from severe injuries that caused him to seek immediate medical attention and receive surgery. At Ganz & Hauf we make sure that the result of each case is the best possible one for our clients.
Due to the severe nature of the crash, Mr. Pham accumulated a significant amount of medical bills and projected cost for future care. Fortunately, the attorneys at Ganz & Hauf were able to obtain a settlement of $575,000 to cover past and future expenses, as well as to account for the pain and suffering that was caused.
Vidovic v. Verswijvel
In 2015, our client was driving down Las Vegas Blvd when he was hit by a driver who pulled out in front of him, attempting to turn left across three lanes of heavy traffic. The vehicles crashed into each other and our client suffered serious injuries to his low back, requiring a surgery and ending his career as a cab driver. He will likely have residual pain for years to come.
The insurance company tried to blame our client for the crash, but fortunately our client had drive-cam footage that showed exactly what happened. Ganz & Hauf negotiated long and hard with the insurance company and secured a $500,000 settlement on behalf of our client.
Artega-Ramos v. ERC Inc.
In 2016 our client was a backseat passenger in a vehicle that was rear ended by a recycling truck when it failed to slow for traffic. Our client suffered injury to his neck resulting in cervical corpectomy surgery. After filing suit and beginning discovery Ganz & Hauf was able to successfully resolve this matter for $800,00.
Americo v. Lovera
In 2015 our clients were a daughter practicing driving with her learner’s permit while her father rode as her front-seat passenger. When another vehicle attempted to make a lane change without checking his blind spot he encroached in our clients’ lane and forced their vehicle off the roadway into landscaping rocks and trees. The father suffered severe injuries resulting in both cervical and lumbar spine surgeries. The daughter suffered cervical spine strain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction requiring surgery. After filing suit and beginning discovery Ganz & Hauf was able to successfully resolve the daughter’s matter for $100,000 and the father’s matter for $1,250,000.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS:
June, 2017 – Ross v. Sunset Station, $500,001
February, 2017 – Ortega v. Pires-Garcia, $315,000
December, 2016 – Mayen v. Fed Ex Freight, $750,000
December, 2016 – Lay v. Roque, $350,000
November, 2016 – Parker v. Central Telephone Co., $270,000
October, 2016 – Kirkland v. Valley Enterprise, $1,800,000
September, 2016 – Budnick v. John, $100,000
May, 2016 – Montana v. Burton, $600,000
January, 2016 – Hernandez v. Ace Brothers Collision Center, $2,040,785.96
November, 2015 – Felix v. T&O Restaurants, $575,000
October, 2015 – Saranita v. Vagb, $300,000
October, 5015 – Breaux-Williams v. Sunrise MountainView, $750,000
July, 2015 – Thorne v. NV Ready Mix, $2,500,000
July, 2015 – Medina Gomez v. Intermountain, $500,000
June, 2015 – Allen-Yearwood v. Lisle, $250,000
June, 2015 – Shehan v. Overbay, $2,550,000
May, 2015 – Boggs v. Armour, $1,000,000
December, 2014 – Campbell v. NGM Insurance Co., $1,005,000
November, 2014 – Sather v. McNamara, $250,000
October, 2014 – Giscombe v. AAA Cab Service, $900,000
May, 2014 – Gulli v. Henderson Saddle Assoc., $1,025,000