The Law Office of Michael D. Waks has a notable record of success for victims in a wide range of personal injury cases including:
$4,875,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a settlement of $4,875,000.00 for an 86-year-old man who sustained fractures to his thoracic spine at T7. The case was litigated for 1 1/2 years and settled on the eve of Trial.
$1,750,000 Product Liability Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $1,750,000 settlement for a man whose hand was amputated due to a defective machine.
$1,515,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a settlement of $1,515,000 for a 40-year-old woman who sustained injuries from a car accident resulting in a three level cervical fusion at C4-7. The Defendant, who refused to offer any money, settled the case on the eve of Trial when Mr. Waks prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgment.
$1,505,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a settlement of $1,505,000 for the parents of their 25-year-old daughter who died while a passenger in a vehicle driven by her boyfriend. Mr. Waks obtained the full policy limit of the Underinsured Motorist Policy for the parents.
$1,500,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $1,500,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident victim after her previous attorney tried to settle the case for $250,000.
$1,000,000 Neck Injury Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a 61-year-old man who was in a car accident and required neck surgery. The defendant did not have sufficient insurance to cover all of Mr. Waks’ client’s damages. So Mr. Waks first obtained a $100,000 Policy Limit Settlement from the defendant’s insurance company and then obtained an additional $900,000 Policy Limit Settlement under the client’s own Underinsured Motorist Coverage
$900,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $900,000 settlement for a 57-year-old office manager who was injured in a motor vehicle accident and required a bi-level fusion of his neck at C5-7. The defense tried to contend the Plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing, but ultimately settled the case days before Trial.
$850,000 Brain Injury Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a combined $850,000 settlement for a client who sustained a concussion in an automobile accident. Although all diagnostic studies including MRI’s, CT Scans, Glascow Score etc. were normal, the specialists Mr. Waks employed in neurology, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry and orthopedics determined the client was exhibiting symptoms consistent with post concussion syndrome. After settling the case just before Trial, for the Defendant’s insurance policy limit of $500,000, Mr. Waks obtained an additional $350,000 settlement under the Plaintiff’s own Underinsured Motorist Coverage. Prior to filing the case, the defense had only offered $100,000.
$750,000 Vehicle Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a settlement of $750,000 for a Sheriff who was injured while attempting to give a parking ticket to a motorist who was illegally parked. The motorist pulled away from the illegal spot while the Sheriff’s arm was still inside the vehicle handing him the ticket.
$750,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $750,000 settlement for a woman who injured her neck in an automobile collision.
$665,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $665,000 settlement for a 26-year-old woman who, after being injured in a car accident, required a cervical fusion at C6-7.
$500,000 Sexual Assault Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $500,000 settlement for a mentally disabled woman who claimed a janitor, employed by the nursing home where she resided, sexually assaulted her. The janitor, who was a registered sex offender, denied the assault ever occurred.
$500,000 Car Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $500,000 settlement for a man involved in a head-on collision. The defendant was intoxicated and driving the wrong way on the freeway. The Plaintiff sustained a torn tendon in his shoulder that was surgically repaired by arthroscopic surgery. He made a complete recovery. The highest offer by the Defense at Mediation was $225,000. Mr. Waks continued litigating the case which then settled for $500,000 as Trial approached.
$500,000 Motorcycle Accident Settlement
Facts: Waks represented a 76-year-old man who was injured when his motorcycle was struck by a U.S. Postal Truck. The Plaintiff fractured his leg and required a total knee replacement as a result of his injuries. The case was in Federal Court and was eventually settled with the help of a Mediator right before Trial for the sum of $500,000.
$451,837 Slip and Fall Accident Verdict
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $451,837 Jury Verdict for a woman who slipped and fell in the Compton Court House. The woman broke her wrist and developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. The County offered the Plaintiff no money to settle the case. The Plaintiff had only $5,000 in medical bills at the time of Trial.
$388,000 Dog Bite Accident Verdict
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $388,000 Jury Verdict for a pool maintenance man who was attacked by a dog. The Verdict, according to the Los Angeles Daily Journal, was one of the largest dog bite verdicts ever recorded in Los Angeles at the time.
$337,222 Car Accident Verdict
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a Jury Verdict in excess of the Defendant’s insurance policy limit, for a woman who was injured in a car accident. The Defendant’s insurance company offered only $50,000 of the Defendant’s $100,000 insurance policy limit to settle the case. The Jury awarded Mr. Waks’ client $337,222, all of which was eventually paid by the Defendant’s insurance carrier.
$326,473 Car Accident Verdict
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a Jury Verdict of $326,473 for a man who was injured in an automobile accident. The Defendant offered nothing prior to Trial.
$322,434 Bus Accident Verdict
Facts: Michael Waks represented a man who was hit by a bus while he was crossing the street. The man’s injury consisted of a broken wrist. The Defendant contended that the Plaintiff ran out in front of the bus and thus caused his own injury. The Jury disagreed and awarded Mr. Waks’ client $322,434.
$300,000 Dog Bite Injury Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $300,000 settlement for a 4-year-old boy who was attacked by a dog while with his baby sitter. The baby sitter took the young boy to the home of the Defendants who had hired the baby sitter to feed their dog while they were away. While the little boy was at the Defendant’s home their dog attacked him. The bites to his face required multiple stitches. In addition, the child suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and needed therapy to deal with his extreme fear of dogs.
Confidential Sexual Assault Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a significant confidential settlement from a County Government arising from the County’s failure to properly monitor 2 foster children. Their biological mother’s boyfriend, a convicted child molester, raped the children. Mr. Waks argued the County should not have placed the children into a home occupied by a registered sex offender.
$254,523 Burn Injury Accident Settlement
Facts: Michael Waks obtained a $254,523 settlement for a 2 1/2-year-old girl who sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burn injuries to her feet while in a foster home. His client was awarded the settlement against the foster care agency that licensed the foster parent.