vehicle accidentS

Our client was lawfully driving below the speed limit when the defendant turned left in front of our client’s vehicle.  The high force collision caused lifelong orthopedic injuries which required multiple surgeries and future joint replacement procedures.  Defendants denied the nature and extent of the client’s injuries as well as the need for our client to obtain future medical treatment.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices litigates and proves the reasonableness of the past treatment and the future treatment needs.  Confidential settlement in excess of $1,000,000. 

Our client was injured in a T-bone type car accident.  Our client needed neck surgery.  The defendant claimed our client’s need for neck surgery was related to pre-existing conditions, not the accident.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices proved the causal relationship between the accident and the client’s need for surgery.  The case resolved for the limits of the defendant’s insurance policy as well as the limits of our client’s underinsured motorist coverage resulting in a six figure recovery for our client. 

Major head on motor vehicle accident resulted in multiple orthopedic fractures and surgeries to our client, who had to be airlifted to the hospital from the scene of the accident.  We argued that the accident was caused by a combination of the other driver’s negligence and defective brake repairs by a national automotive repair chain.  We successfully obtained policy limits from the adverse driver’s insurance company and substantial additional compensation from the insurance company for the automotive repair facility, resulting in total settlement of $735,000. 

Our client was stopped at a red light when he was rear ended at high speed by the defendant.  Defendant’s insurance company denied that our client’s chronic neck and back pain were related to the accident.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices litigated and obtained a six figure settlement after proving the causal relationship between the accident and our client’s injuries. 

Our client was riding her motorcycle when the defendant turned left in front of her causing her serious orthopedic injuries.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices obtained the limits of defendant’s insurance policy, as well as the limits of our client’s own underinsured motorist coverage resulting in a $250,000 recovery to our client.

Our client’s car was stopped at a red light when he was struck from behind by a commercial truck causing a traumatic brain injury as well as orthopedic injuries.  The defendants denied causation of the traumatic brain injury.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices litigates and proves causation of the client’s injuries resulting in a settlement of more than $1,000,000.    



Severe eye injury case settled for $210,000.  Our client’s minor child was struck in the eye when a neighboring boy was roughhousing and threw a stick striking our client in the eye.  Through our investigation, we determined that the neighboring boy had a reputation for being rambunctious and that his parents were negligent in supervising the activities of their son.  We ultimately had to file a lawsuit and engage in substantial discovery and depositions.  The case ultimately settled at a mandatory settlement conference supervised by the judge.   

Our client was out for a bike ride with her husband when a dog bit her causing a disfiguring injury.  We obtained substantial compensation for our client’s past medical bills and future reconstructive surgery. 

Our client was burned when a built-in propane barbeque exploded.  The defendants denied liability.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices proved that the defendant knew or should have known of the leaking propane fuel line resulting in a $150,000 settlement reached at mediation.    

Toddler injured by dog bite to scalp and forehead settled for $100,000.  Our client was injured while attending daycare when he was bit by a dog.  He ended up needing multiple stiches to his forehead and scalp.  We cooperatively worked with the adverse party’s homeowner’s insurance company and were able to obtain a favorable settlement for our client which paid for all of the child’s medical bills and will go a long way toward paying the minor’s future college and other expenses. 



Wrongful death case settled for $1,225,000.  Our client’s spouse was unfortunately involved in a catastrophic highway collision wherein an oncoming commercial truck misjudged a curve, went over the double yellow line, and struck the decedent’s vehicle in a head on collision.  We were able to settle the case to our client’s advantage for substantially more than the insurance policy limits. 



Trip and fall case against local Mexican restaurant.  Our 76 year old client was attending her granddaughter’s birthday party.  Unbeknownst to our client, this particular restaurant had multiple uneven flooring surfaces which failed to comply with building code requirements.  Our engineering expert proved the location where our client tripped and fell constituted a dangerous condition.  Our client fell onto her outstretched arms, injuring her shoulder which required surgical repair.  We were able to obtain a settlement of $130,000, which greatly assisted our client who was retired and on a fixed income. 

Trip and fall case favorably settled for our client.  Shortly after the grand opening of a national pharmacy chain story, our client unexpectedly tripped and fell while walking toward the store entrance.  We were able to prove that the entrance, which had multiple obstacles and visual obstructions, was negligently designed.  The fortune 500 pharmacy company vigorously defended the case and denied any responsibility.  As a result of our aggressive discovery after filing suit, we were able to prove that the pharmacy and its management were aware of the dangerous condition prior to the subject accident and took no corrective action until after our client was injured.  Our client sustained a fractured hip requiring surgical repair and use of a hip prosthesis.  The matter ultimately resolved for a confidential six figure settlement.

Slip and fall case against large grocery store settled for $110,000.  A customer accidently knocked a jar of food product from a shelf, which splattered onto the floor.  A store clerk reported to the spill and picked up the pieces of glass, leaving the liquid food substance remaining on the floor.  He then left the area to retrieve cleaning supplies and caution signs. This left the spill unattended with no warning to other customers.  Our client, unaware of the spill, stepped on it, causing his feet to slip out from under him.  He landed hard on the concrete floor and sustained significant injury.  We were able to settle the case for $110,000, which greatly assisted the client in terms of paying for his medical bills, time off of work, and pain and suffering. 

Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices’ client was a patron of national restaurant chain when she was seriously injured during a fall in the parking lot.  Property owner denied liability for the dangerousness of the parking lot.  We proved that a handrail was necessary to protect against an unguarded fall risk in the parking lot of more than four feet resulting in a six figure settlement. 

Our client was walking toward the entrance of a large national retailer, when she unexpectedly encountered a tripping hazard near the company’s entrance.  She sustained significant orthopedic injury to her knee resulting in surgery.  The case ultimately settled at mediation for $250,000. 

Confidential settlement in slip and fall case where our client slipped on a puddle of dog urine in a grocery store.  This is an evolving area of law, where more and more customers are deciding to take their pets into stores with them while shopping.  In our case, the customer who brought his puppy into a grocery store had allowed it to “piddle” on the hard concrete floor surface.  Our client did not see the puddle of puppy urine on the floor.  She slipped and fell very hard causing significant knee and spinal injuries.  We demonstrated that the grocery store had no safety procedures in place regarding customers bringing pets in the store and were negligent in keeping their store premises in a reasonably safe condition for its customers. 



Defendant claims an inability to pay our client in a breach of contract action.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices investigates defendant’s assets and refuses low settlement offer.  During litigation defendant ultimately agrees to $520,000 settlement in favor of our client. 

National Insurer breaches insurance contract obligation to our client in the handling of claim.  Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices brings a lawsuit against the insurer alleging bad faith on the part of the insurance company.  Case resolved favorably to our client by way of a confidential six figure settlement reached at mediation.

Confidential six figure settlement with national pharmacy benefit management company (PBM).  Large PBM allegedly committed multiple violations of our client’s privacy rights relating to her confidential medical records.  Our client had a very complex medical history with multiple medical issues.  The alleged mishandling of her confidential medical information by the PBM caused her significant emotional distress and nearly resulted in her losing her long time primary care physician.  The large PBM company hired the San Francisco office of a large, nationwide law firm to defend the matter.  We aggressively litigated the case, took multiple depositions of key witnesses, hired expert witnesses, and ultimately settled the case at a mandatory settlement conference on the eve of trial resulting in a very favorable settlement to our client.

Pro-bono representation of cancer patient whose insurance company originally denied coverage for necessary medical treatment as “experimental.”  Our client was diagnosed with stage three metastatic cancer, and all forms of treatment to date had been unsuccessful. Our client’s physicians ultimately prescribed autologous stem cell transplant with high dose chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy as a last resort to cure our client’s cancer.  Time was of the essence to appeal the health insurance company’s denial of coverage as our client’s cancer was aggressive.  Our office promptly appealed the health insurance company’s decision arguing that the procedure was not “experimental” and that the health insurance company’s continued denial of coverage was in “bad faith.” We threatened suit against the insurance company unless it promptly reversed its decision. Our appeal was successful, and the insurance company authorized the prescribed treatment.  Our client ended up receiving the bone marrow treatment recommended by her doctors and has remained cancer free for more than 10 years.  We felt privileged providing our client with assistance in receiving this life-saving treatment.