wrongful death

Confidential Settlement Involving Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain

2003 – DISNEYLAND’S BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN Just five years after the “Columbia Incident,” Aitken Aitken Cohn handled the wrongful death suit of 22-year-old Marcelo Torres. The Big Thunder Mountain locomotive landed on top of Marcelo’s passenger car, crushing his chest and ultimately causing his death due to an improperly tightened and unsecured guide wheel. As… read more

Confidential Settlement Involving Disneyland’s Columbia

1998 – DISNEYLAND’S COLUMBIA Aitken Aitken Cohn represented the grieving family of a 34-year-old man who was killed on Christmas Eve in front of his wife and children as they waited to board Disneyland’s “Columbia” Sailing Ship. On that fateful evening, a defective cleat broke loose and struck both the man and his wife, killing… read more

$2,500,000: Firm Represents Three-Year-Old Boy Who Lost Mother in a Vehicle Accident

CASE DESCRIPTION: A three-year-old boy lost his mother in a vehicle collision caused by a military service member on active duty. Decedent was a 26-year-old housekeeper who was fatally injured when defendant, operating a military Humvee as part of a vehicle convoy, caused a head-on collision on State Route 62 in the County of San… read more

$1,250,000: Father of Two Killed When Defendant Drove Them Both Home While Heavily Intoxicated

CASE DESCRIPTION: On the day of the collision, November 6, 2011, at approximately 5:00 p.m., David W. and Michael H. went to Angels Sports Bar in Corona in Michael H.’s vehicle. At approximately 8:00 p.m., the bar manager called a taxi for David W. so that he could travel home safely. However, Michael H. told… read more

Confidential Settlement Secured for Electrocution Deaths of Three Family Members From Downed Power Line

CASE DESCRIPTION: This is an action for wrongful death arising out of the fatal electrocution of Steven V. and Sharon V. from a live, downed power line on January 14, 2011, which occurred at 5465 Acacia Avenue in San Bernardino, California. Steven V. and Sharon V., along with their twenty-one year old son Jonathan C.,… read more

$15,000,000: Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Two Killed in Rear-End Accident Involving Cal Fire Truck

CASE DESCRIPTION: On Aug. 1, 2012, Defendant CalFire Chief Timothy M., who was driving a state vehicle within the course and scope of his employment, was heading east on I-210 in Highland when he changed lanes as traffic slowed. He rear-ended the car driven by Gregory K. at 70 miles per hour (mph), pinning the… read more


FINAL RESULT: $4,200,000 Fu $1,800,000 Ashe $6,000,000 Total CASE DESCRIPTION: In the early morning hours of June 11th, 2014, the plaintiff and his car passenger waited for help, parked in the shoulder of the 210 freeway with emergency flashers on. At 3a.m., the defendant, driving a semi-truck, was on his way home after being dismissed… read more