California Bicyclist Collects $15.5 Million Following Fall Rendering Him Paraplegic

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California Bicyclist Collects $15.5 Million Following Fall Rendering

Him Paraplegic

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 6, 2014, a

three-judge panel in Santa Ana, CA, 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.

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 the 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 the United States history in the amount of

$50 million in 2007. He also has the highest jury award in Orange

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.

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, 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


Daniel J. Callahan Callahan & Blaine Santa Ana, CA (714) 241-4444 ext. 309 Cell: (949) 584-4434


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