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[March 07, 2014]

California Bicyclist Collects $15.5 Million Following Fall Rendering Him Paraplegic

SANTA ANA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

On March 6, 2014, a three-judge panel in Santa Ana, CA (News - Alert), awarded Vince Colarossi more than $15,512,000 for the injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident on August 23, 2009 that rendered him paraplegic.

Daniel J. Callahan, Callahan & Blaine, represented a California man who was awarded $15.5 million fo ...

Daniel J. Callahan, Callahan & Blaine, represented a California man who was awarded $15.5 million for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. (Photo: Business Wire)

Vince Colarossi, 58, of San Juan Capistrano, CA, and four other plaintiffs settled their action against contractors that failed to properly resurface a public roadway in Malibu. The action filed by Colarossi and four other plaintiffs (LASC Case No. SC109408) was settled for $16.9 million in November of 2013.

Following that settlement agreement, the five plaintiffs entered an allocation agreement and arbitration hearing. Three of the plaintiffs settled for a combined $400,000. On February 11, 18 and 19, 2014, Colarossi through his attorneys Callahan & Blaine, and another plaintiff arbitrated before a three-judge panel th issue of how the remaining $16.5 million should be divided.


Colarossi, represented by Daniel Callahan and Sarah Serpa of Callahan & Blaine, presented evidence that Colarossi had suffered broken vertebrae leading to paraplegia as well as a broken collar bone and separated shoulder. The three-judge panel awarded Colarossi the sum of $15,512,101.91. The other plaintiff was awarded $987,898.09.

Daniel Callahan, counsel for Vincent Colarossi, stated: "Mr. Colarossi suffered a terrible accident with horrific injuries that totally changed his life. He went from a strong, active, virile man to a person in constant pain, relegated to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. We are pleased for Vince that he now has ample funds to take care of his needs indefinitely into the future. It is hoped that this settlement will compel contractors to be more diligent in the maintenance of public thoroughfares so as to protect the interest of the many bicyclists on the road."

Daniel J. Callahan received the highest personal injury settlement for an individual plaintiff in United States history in the amount of $50 million in 2007. He also has the highest jury award in Orange (News - Alert) County history in the amount of $934 million. He was listed as one of the Top Ten Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers in 2013 and one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County by Super Lawyers from the inception of the publication to the present.

For any further information please contact Daniel J. Callahan at (714) 241-4444 ext. 309 or via email at Daniel@callahanlaw.com.

About Callahan & Blaine

Callahan & Blaine is California's premier litigation firm and one of the leading complex personal injury and business litigation firms in the state of California. Callahan & Blaine previously represented two women in a record breaking $50 million settlement against the City of Dana Point for injuries suffered while jogging down Pacific Coast Highway. That settlement is the highest personal injury settlement ever in United States history. (Neria v. City of Dana Point, Orange County, CA Superior Court, Case No. 06CC10395).

Callahan & Blaine also obtained the highest jury verdict in Orange County history, $934 million, representing Beckman Coulter of Fullerton, California in a business dispute with Flextronics (News - Alert), a large multi-billion dollar corporation in Northern California (Beckman Coulter Inc. v. Flextronics Int'l Ltd., Orange County Super. Ct. No. 01CC08395). For more information, visit www.callahan-law.com.


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