Robert Glassman is a trial attorney at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP where he litigates large and complex personal injury, wrongful death, and product defect cases on behalf of individuals. Mr. Glassman is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America®, named 2018 “Rising Star” in Personal Injury Litigation by Law360 and recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication since 2013 where he has been consistently selected as one of the “Up-and-Coming 100 Southern California Rising Stars”, the list of lawyers who rank at the top of the Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.
In 2019, Mr. Glassman was selected by the Consumer Attorneys of California as a finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year award for his work on Pierce v. Murrieta Valley Unified School District; the top honor is awarded to a CAOC member who significantly advanced the rights or safety of California consumers by achieving a noteworthy result in a case. Mr. Glassman was selected for the same distinction in 2018 for his work in Lee v. Pupil Transportation Cooperative.
Opening Statement & Closing Argument
50 year old Raquel Manzo was rear ended by a big rig in October 2018. She drove away from the scene in her car. She didn’t see a doctor for 3 days. She complained to that doctor that her back hurt. She didn’t complain about neck pain until 15 days later at a chiropractor. She then had injections in her neck and back and had a neck fusion about a year later on her C6-7.
Defense contended that the accident was a 2-5 MPH delta v and the forces from the crash could not have caused a disc injury. They hired a biomechanical engineer to give that opinion. Plaintiff did not have a biomech. Defense also contended that the past medical bills were too high and the reasonable value was only 100k. Plaintiff did not have a billing expert either.
Defense argued at most plaintiff suffered a sprain in her neck. Defense asked jury to award $165,000.
Jury deliberated for 3 hours and came back with 1,125,000.
Riverside is a conservative venue and plaintiff was Mexican lady who didn’t speak English.