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$55 Million Costa Mesa Car Accident Award is the Largest Orange County, California Personal Injury Award Ever Issued

December 31, 1969

In Orange County, California, a mother and her 11-year-old daughter are to receive $55 million for injuries they sustained in a 2002 Costa Mesa car accident on Mother's Day. Leilaini Gutierrez is now paralyzed.

The judgment was originally awarded in 2007, but the federal government, the defendant in the car accident lawsuit, filed an appeal. Today, a judge awarded the 11-year-old girl about $54 million ($31 million in damages and $23 million for medical costs). Leilani's mother, June Gutierrez, is to receive $1 million for her physical and emotional injuries. The California civil award is being called the largest Orange County, California personal injury award to ever be issued. The Gutierrezes' civil complaint was filed against the US government because the driver of the car that caused the accident, Michael Leinert, worked for the US Department of Defense at the time of the motor vehicle collision.

The catastrophic car accident took place in the early evening as June was driving on Newport Boulevard. Leinert was in a rental car when he ran a red light on Wilson Street, striking the Chevrolet Suburban that June and Leilani were riding. The suburban struck a utility pole and flipped.

Leilani, then four, sustained a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed. As a quadriplegic, she is dependent on 24-hour nursing care and a ventilator. She has undergone 24 surgeries and spent 275 days in the hospital since the tragic Orange County, California car accident. Procedures she has had to undergo have included a bone graft, a tracheotomy, and spinal cord stabilization. Her life expectancy has been shortened to 35 years.

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
• 250,000 people in the US suffer from spinal cord injuries.
• 11,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year.
• Common causes of SCIs are motor vehicle crashes, acts of violence, fall accidents, sports-related injuries, and other injuries.

If someone you love sustained a catastrophic injury because a motorist or another party was negligent, your loved one may be entitled to California personal injury compensation.

A person that is suffering from quadriplegia is paralyzed from the shoulders down. This means that he or she will need help to do most tasks. A quadriplegic will also likely require specialized medical care, procedures, and devices in order to live as normal a life as possible. Obtaining financial recovery from all negligent parties can provide the necessary funds for all these special needs.

Mom, daughter get $55 million award in 2002 crash, OC Register, June 24, 2009

$55 million judgment for quadriplegic Costa Mesa girl, OC Register, September 13, 2007


Related Web Resources:
Quadriplegia, Spinal Injury Network

Spinal Cord Injuries, Medline Plus

In Orange County, California, a mother and her 11-year-old daughter are to receive $55 million for injuries they sustained in a 2002 Costa Mesa car accident on Mother's Day. Leilaini Gutierrez is now paralyzed.

The judgment was originally awarded in 2007, but the federal government, which was the defendant in the car accident lawsuit, filed an appeal. Today, a judge awarded the 11-year-old girl about $54 million ($31 million in damages and $23 million for medical costs) Leilani's mother, June Gutierrez, is to receive $1 million for her physical and emotional injuries.

The California civil awarded is being called the largest Orange County, California personal injury award to ever be issued. The Gutierrezes' civil complaint was filed against the US government because the driver of the car that caused the accident, Michael Leinert, worked for the US Department of Defense at the time of the motor vehicle collision.

The catastrophic car accident took place in the early evening as June was driving on Newport Boulevard. Leinert, in a rental car, ran a red light on Wilson Street, striking the Chevrolet Suburban that June and Leilani were riding The suburban struck a utility pole and flipped.

Leilani, then four, sustained a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed. As a quadriplegic, she is dependent on 24-hour nursing care and a ventilator. She has undergone 24 surgeries and spent 275 days in the hospital since the tragic Orange County, California car accident. Procedures she has had to undergo have included a bone graft, a tracheotomy, and spinal cord stabilization. Her life expectancy has been shortened to 35 years.

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
• 250,000 people in the US suffer from spinal cord injuries.
• 11,000 new spinal cord injuries are incurred each year.
• Common causes of SCIs are motor vehicle crashes, acts of violence, fall accidents, sports-related injuries, other injuries.

If someone you love sustained a catastrophic injury because a motorist or another party was negligent, your loved one may be entitled to California personal injury compensation. A person suffering from quadriplegia is paralyzed from the shoulders down. This means that he or she will need help to do most tasks. A quadriplegic will also likely require specialized medical care, procedures, and devices in order to be able to live as normal a life as possible. Obtaining financial recovery from all negligent parties can provide the necessary funds for all these special needs.