We are pleased to congratulate Terry Rowland on his defense verdict in Azizian v. Hartman, a hotly contested case where the defense offered $100,000 prior to the 3-week jury trial, in response to a 7 figure demand. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after less than an hour of deliberation.
Plaintiff Azizian was represented by Gary Chambers, Orange County Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. His pretrial demand was $1,500,000, reduced to $750,000 during trial. He claimed that his client had sustained severe injuries following a rear-end accident, making him incapable of working and resulting in multiple surgeries. Plaintiff sought $317,000 in past medical specials and presented a life care plan asserting $1,281,455 in future care. He also claimed the loss of his plumbing business, with past and future losses of over $4,000,000. The defense was that there was only a minor impact, that the plaintiff had extensively over-treated with doctors selected by his attorneys and that his prior medical records and surveillance tapes refuted his claims of significant orthopedic injuries and posttraumatic stress disorder. The jury ultimately concluded that the plaintiff sustained zero damages as the result of the defendant’s admitted negligence.