Let me share with you a little about the way I think. As a longtime member of the Rancho Cucamonga community, I, like you, have several very basic wishes for my family and myself: to be safe, healthy, and be able to provide for my family. In most cases, California laws and federal laws are in place to protect my family from harm or hardship. Any number of organizations and businesses — from the California Department of Transportation to the California Medical Association, the California Highway Patrol, and the manufacturers of our cars assist to shield us from harm or to care for us in case of an accident.
I wish our system and protections were perfect and would keep all safe from harm, but unfortunately, from time to time, this system fails. A doctor or hospital may make a disastrous, negligent mistake leaving lasting consequences. A drunk driver might plow into a car on the I-210 leaving many dead or seriously injured. An elderly person might be injured in a slip and fall accident caused by the carelessness of another. A son or daughter might be attacked by a neighbor's loose dog. Even after accidents and injuries such as these, an insurance company may refuse the claim and/or deny the payment of the compensation the person or family needs and deserves. In these cases, you need a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury lawyer to find a solution when it seems like there isn't one. This is where I come in. I stand with the injury victims against those who refuse to take responsibility for their actions and fail to pay for the damages they have caused.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, have suffered from medical negligence or malpractice, were hurt on someone else’s property, or were attacked by someone’s pet, call me at (909) 481-0100 to see how I can help. From my office in Rancho Cucamonga, I proudly serve the entire High Desert region. I'm committed to helping our community, and holding people responsible for their negligent actions is an important part of that process.
$9,000,000 Awarded for Medical Battery Case
In 2015, we filed suit against a surgeon who rendered our client permanently impotent, asserting both medical negligence and medical battery. Filing a hybrid action allowed us to pursue a much larger award of non-economic damages than would have been possible if we’d only sued on the grounds of medical negligence, as California law caps non-economic recovery at $250,000 in such cases. This was an appropriate strategy in a case involving an intentional tort, as we firmly believed $250,000 was insufficient compensation considering our client’s extensive injuries and losses.
The jury agreed, finding in favor of our client on both actions, awarding $4 million for past non-economic damages and $5.25 million in future non-economic damages. Economic damages of $22,346.11 were added to the $9.25 million sum, as stipulated by the parties prior to trial.
$1,000,000 Awarded After a Truck Hit an ATV
A woman and her son were on an ATV having nearly completed a dirt road trip with their friends. Only a few hundred yards from their base camp, a truck comes out from a small dirt trail across the larger dirt road used by the ATV. The truck driver never saw the ATV until it was just feet away. The impact between the truck and ATV launched both riders from the vehicle. Both flew from the ATV landing some distance from the impact and both suffering multiple fractures to their right legs. The victims were awarded $1,000,000 for their damages.
$800,000 Awarded After a Car Hit a Pedestrian
As a pedestrian was approaching her home, she was walking past a driveway when a car backed out and struck her. The car backed over her. She suffered multiple serious injuries including closed rib fractures, pneumothorax, open wound of the knee, leg & ankle, hip, thigh, leg and ankle abrasion/friction burn, bruising, pain throughout her body, and multiple back fractures. Many of these injuries were lifelong. She was awarded $800,000 for her damages.
About Personal Injury Attorney David Ricks
Claremont High School, 1974 -'77
Upland High School, 1977 - '78
Brigham Young University, J.D., Juris Doctorate of Law, 1987
United States District Court, for the Central District of California
United States District Court, for the Southern District of California
United States District Court, for the Eastern District of California