My client was a contractor who went to see a client about building a wine cellar. He had been to the house many times during the course of the job. This time, he knocked on the door and opened it. He was immediately attacked by a large Portuguese Water Dog, which bit him in his groin. As a result of the bite, he was unable to work for months and suffered severe psychological trauma. I was able to secure a $1,500,000 settlement for him from the homeowner and the owner of the dog.
My client’s home in Oakland was built many years ago over a natural creek. Over time, the City of Oakland and Alameda County had placed a concrete culvert in the creek to drain water into municipal storm drains. The City and County had allowed the culvert to deteriorate to the point that the top was severely cracked, which caused the ground supporting my client’s foundation to be sucked into the culvert. As a result, an entire wall of my client’s house was destroyed and her house was leaning. We sued the City and County for negligence and won an outstanding jury award.