Attorney Eric Traut on Costco Shooting Controversy and Obtaining Video Footage from Inside Large Retail Chains

Traut Firm

Corona, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2019 – After the contested death of a nonverbal individual left a community reeling, personal injury and wrongful death attorney Eric Traut of Traut Firm has insight into the steps that the family must take in order to get the available evidence from the Costco retail security cameras before it is too late.

In April, Traut was able to obtain previously shielded retail footage by court order from a home improvement store following the life-altering injury of an employee resulting in a unanimous verdict on behalf of the person who was injured. The turning point in the trial was the retail security camera footage, only obtained by following the steps Traut outlines below:

1. Send a preservation of evidence letter to the business to maintain all records, electronic, and video data
2. Once the lawsuit is filed, serve discovery requests or subpoenas for store receipts and video footage
3. Request a court order if the business refuses
4. Match time stamps of video to receipts, if necessary
5. Hire a private investigator, if necessary, to identify witnesses
6. Obtain statements from witnesses corroborating events depicted in video footage

With 30 years of experience litigating injury and death cases including over 100 civil jury trials, Traut says, “In my opinion, the video should be made available to the public. Transparency is a must. At a minimum, family members of the victims should have immediate access to enable them to learn the truth of what actually occurred.”

Having experience as one of the attorneys representing the families of victims of the infamous “Seal Beach Shootings” in 2011, sadly, Traut knows that there are unspeakable tragedies that leave family members with a hole in their hearts and an insurmountable loss. While closure will perhaps never come, some semblance of justice can come from obtaining all available information as soon as possible after a tragedy occurs.

Says Traut, “A family with special needs should never have to fear routine community outings, but it is understood by many, including law enforcement, that interactions with community members can be dangerous for those with special needs at times. Security cameras are there to keep all members of our community safe and to receive justice when something goes wrong, including those in our community with and without disabilities.”

About Eric V. Traut

Attorney Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC’s “Primetime.”

About Traut Firm

Partners of Traut Firm have litigated cases for a combined 70 years, serving as plaintiff’s attorneys primarily in areas of personal injury, wrongful death, vehicle accidents, assaults, and animal attacks.

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New Jersey Woman Awarded 1.6 Million Dollars for Spinal Surgery Caused by Rear End Crash

Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2019 – A New Jersey woman has recently been awarded a $1.6 million jury verdict due to injuries she sustained in a rear end automobile accident. The collision occurred in 2013 when a negligent driver crashed into the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle. Despite the relatively minor damage to the vehicles, the impact nonetheless caused the plaintiff significant injuries, requiring treatment for years and culminating in surgery to her cervical spine.

The plaintiff was represented by the attorneys at Petrillo & Goldberg Law, with offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Attorney Scott M. Goldberg, one of the partners at the firm and a certified civil trial attorney in New Jersey, was the lead attorney in the litigation. Attorney Goldberg stated, “Even what appear to be minor car accidents can still have a jarring impact on people inside the vehicle being struck. Our client was severely injured in her neck when she was struck hard from behind. She has suffered from these injuries for years. We took on the case to help her through this time and to get the compensation she deserved.”

After the crash, the plaintiff sought conservative, non-invasive treatment for over four years. This treatment included medications, physical restrictions on her movement and physical restrictions on her ability to work full time. It also included a significant amount of physical therapy as well as steroid injections in her cervical spine. When all of these treatment modalities did not work, her treating physicians suggested a cervical spine fusion where the damaged discs are removed from her cervical spine and the vertebrae are fused with bone, attempting to strengthen the area. After significant rehabilitation with physical therapy, the plaintiff recovered to the point where she could return to full time work without physical restrictions.

Attorney Goldberg stated that, “As with all our cases, this was a team effort. In the end we were gratified that the jury awarded such a tremendous verdict to our very deserving client.”

Ultimately, the plaintiff prevailed and was awarded $1.6 million to compensate her for the economic damages as well as the significant pain and suffering she endured. Attorney Goldberg wants the general public to understand that, “Even if the impact does not seem that significant, if you are injured in a car or truck crash, get treatment just in case your injuries are more serious than you realize.”

The attorneys and staff at Petrillo & Goldberg fight for their clients and win even difficult cases. They do not give up trying to make sure their injured clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries. Injured in a car or truck crash? Please contact the attorneys at Petrillo & Goldberg for a free consultation at (856) 486-4343.

Petrillo & Goldberg Law

6951 North Park Drive
Pennsauken, NJ 08109

19 South 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

70 South Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Phone: 856-486-4343
Fax: 856:486-7979

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Sobo & Sobo Names Michael D. Wolff, Esq. Partner

Michael Wolff, Esq.

Middletown, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2019 – On May 20, 2019, Sobo & Sobo, the largest personal injury firm in the Hudson Valley with over 45 attorneys, announced that Michael D. Wolff, Esq., has been named a partner. “Michael has decades of experience representing clients in all aspects of the law,” says Greg Sobo, the firm’s owner. “We are pleased to launch this next phase of Sobo & Sobo with him as a partner.”

Michael is a graduate of State University of New York at Brockport and received his law degree at Quinnipiac College School of Law. He is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars as well as those of the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of the U.S. District Court. He has been practicing law in the Hudson Valley for over 25 years, representing victims of crimes and those who suffer personal injury. He has long established himself as a preeminent trial attorney and advocate.

He has been named a “Super Lawyer” since 2017, one of the “Top Attorneys in the Hudson Valley” in 2018, and was named in the 2019 Hudson Valley Parent Magazine’s Favorite Lawyers Guide. He is also active in the Orange County community having been a coach for the Minisink Valley Mock Trial team through the New York State Bar Association, is a former Board member and coach for the Minisink Valley Little league and Minisink Valley Soccer.

Offices In: Monticello, NY; Middletown, NY; New York, NY; Newburgh, NY; Pine Bush, NY; Poughkeepsie, NY; Spring Valley, NY.

About Sobo & Sobo, LLP

The Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo, one of the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firms in the country, is driven by a commitment to superior service and world-class representation. It all begins with listening to the victim’s story during a free consultation. Sobo & Sobo has offices conveniently located throughout New York in Middletown, Newburgh, Spring Valley, Warwick and Poughkeepsie as well as New York City. To explore information about their decades of Winning Together, visit or call 1-855-GOT-SOBO.

Lawsuit Filed Against Microsoft Connector Shuttle

Davis Law Group, P.S.

Seattle, WA (Law Firm Newswire) May 14 25, 2019 – A pedestrian accident lawsuit has been filed against Microsoft Corporation and The City of Redmond on behalf of a 30-year-old woman that was hit by a Microsoft Connector shuttle in Redmond, WA in February 2016.

Seattle personal injury attorney Chris Davis represents the victim and filed the complaint for damages in King County Superior Court (19 2 04219 2 SEA) in February of 2019.

According to the complaint, at approximately 6:46 p.m. on February 26, 2016, the female pedestrian was lawfully walking in a marked crosswalk at the intersection located at Northeast 40th Street and South 148th Street in Redmond on the perimeter of Microsoft’s corporate campus.

A Ford passenger van registered to MV Public Transportation, Inc. driven by Harold A. Vallee and contracted by Microsoft Corporation to operate the Microsoft Connector turned left onto NE 40th Street from 148th Ave NE, failed to yield to the pedestrian and struck her.

The impact caused the pedestrian to be thrown far into the street and sustain serious bodily injuries as a result of the collision. She suffered four fractures to her spine as well as injuries to her pelvis.

Nearby street lamps were not operational, making the crossing area dark and difficult for motorists to see pedestrians. Although it was dark outside at the time of the collision the police report notes, “there were no street lights on…”

Prior to the date of the accident, the City of Redmond and/or Microsoft Corporation had notice that there were no working street lights at intersection. The City of Redmond and/or Microsoft failed to take the necessary corrective actions to make the roadway street lighting operational and safe for pedestrians and motorists.

“The Microsoft Connector bus driver had a duty to safely operate the vehicle and yield to pedestrians. However, the City of Redmond also has a duty to properly maintain street lights,” said attorney Chris Davis. He went on to say, “street lights help to create a nighttime environment in which people and drivers can quickly and accurately identify objects and pedestrians. The operation and maintenance of street lights is critical to public safety.”

Defendants: MV Public Transportation, Inc.; Harold A. Vallee (Shuttle Driver); City of Redmond; and Microsoft Corporation.
Docket: 19 2 04219 2 SEA
Court: Superior Court of King County for Washington
Lawsuit Filed: 2/14/2019
Trial Date Scheduled For: 02/10/2020

Davis Law Group, P.S.
2101 4th Ave, #1030
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-539-0939
Fax: (206) 727-4001
Toll Free: 877-812-0613

Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Not Just Sports Related

Brooks Schuelke, Esq.
Schuelke Law PLLC

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2019 – Typically, when people discuss traumatic brain injury, they are usually speaking about sporting events. However, it is not just athletes who sustain traumatic brain injuries.

According to researchers in Phoenix, Arizona a recent study reveals traumatic brain injury (TBI) is rife among domestic violence survivors, and a great number of domestic violence victims are living in homeless shelters. “This particular study included 115 homeless women,” explained Austin traumatic brain injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke, “and 88 percent of this group had lost track of the number of blows to the head they had sustained.”

According to the study, 81 percent of the women blacked out at least once, but not many sought treatment. Trauma study social worker and co-author of the study, Ashley Bridwell, says, “You start looking at these cases and you have to ask yourself . . . how many of these people were ‘failing’ as a result of the cognitive impairment.” This is an often-asked question when an athlete, at any level of accomplishment, starts having issues that seem to point to a brain injury and/or concussion.

A TBI is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the result of a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a body hit that results in the brain twisting or bouncing around inside the skull, resulting in damaged brain cells and chemical changes in the brain.
Bridwell and lead researcher Dr. Glynnis Zieman were not surprised by the results of their study because they see the results of concussions frequently. Through the study they wanted to educate others about this overlooked segment of society that is victim of physical abuse.

Although brain injuries have received more attention due to stories about professional football players and combat veterans sustaining injuries, many people still do not understand the frequency and consequences of brain injuries. “Until fairly recently, few have thought much outside of the box about how brain injuries may affect others in our society,” added Schuelke.

TBIs are far more common than many think. In fact, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) estimates 3.5 million children and adults struggle with a significant brain injury every year and that one in 60 Americans is coping with a traumatic brain injury disability. To find out more about brain injuries, visit BIAA.

Some of the more common signs of a concussion include:
* Loss of consciousness
* Dizziness
* Delayed response to questions
* Headaches
* Tinnitus
* Vomiting
* Slurred speech
* Blurred vision
* Nausea
* Confusion

“If you have sustained repetitive head concussions while playing sports, and feel that you were not adequately warned about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries, please do not hesitate to call my office. We can explain your legal rights to you and what would happen should you choose to file a lawsuit seeking damages,” said Schuelke.

Schuelke Law PLLC
3011 N. Lamar Blvd
Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78705
Call (512) 476-4944

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    J&Y and PSB Co-Counsel Successfully Again, Win Damages of 3.65 Million for Victim

    Javaheri & Yahoudai
    Professional Law Corporation

    Century City, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2019 – Once again, the accomplished personal injury law firm of J&Y has successfully collaborated with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP (PSB) on a personal injury case arising out of a traffic accident.

    In accordance with recent legal trends, it is by no means unusual for J&Y to join forces with other first-rate law firms in order to win the highest possible settlements for clients.

    In this most recent case, which took place in the city of La Habra in April of 2016, the client was riding a mountain bike southbound on Harbor Boulevard when he was run over twice by a commercial truck. Both the defendant and the plaintiff were riding southbound on Harbor Boulevard. When the commercial truck began to turn right at 301 North Harbor Blvd, the two parties collided and the defendant rode over the plaintiff. As a result, the mountain bike was destroyed and the plaintiff suffered severe injuries, including approximately 25 broken bones. Among other treatments and surgical procedures, the victim was required to go through a spinal fusion surgery. Eventually, by collaborating with PSB, the shared client won $3.65 million for his exorbitant medical costs, lost income, and extensive pain and suffering.

    About J&Y

    J&Y Law serves clients throughout Northern and Southern California, working out of 20 conveniently located offices. Over the years we have recovered tens of millions of dollars in negotiated settlements as well as through jury verdicts. We have a well-earned reputation for providing all of our clients with personal attention and compassion as well as outstanding legal representation. Our recent victory in collaboration with PSB is another example of how we always make our client’s interests our top priority.

    Javaheri & Yahoudai
    1875 Century Park East
    Suite 920
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 310.774.0778
    Toll free: 877.735.7035

    Creative Lawyering Leads to 2,000,000 Dollar Settlement in Multi-Vehicle Accident

    St. Louis, MO (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2019 – Car Accidents are already complex lawsuits. Determining fault, the amount of the medical expenses that relate to the accident, and the amounts of recovery that can be obtained from the insurance policy versus the number of medical expenses that have to be covered add additional layers. But what happens when you add in poorly tied down playground equipment, a median wall, and two additional vehicles?

    A case like this might seem impossibly complex, but Gary Burger of Burger Law was able to use what has been labeled “creative lawyering” to make sure that his client, Concetta Wills, received the full amount of recovery that she was owed. How much was her settlement? Court documents state that she recovered nearly $2,000,000, and a large portion of it was awarded from a Homeowners’ Insurance policy. One may be thinking, “but it was a car accident, how can homeowners insurance be involved?”

    In 2010, Wills was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that happened on I-270 in St. Louis, one of the main thoroughfares in the city. The accident was allegedly caused by improperly tied-down playground equipment falling from the back of a truck. Wills swerved to avoid the equipment that fell out of the truck but unfortunately still hit it. This impact caused her to collide with the median wall where she was then subsequently hit by two additional vehicles that were behind her. Wills was seriously injured in the accident and she suffered several different abdominal injuries as well as broken ankles.

    Gary pursued Concetta Wills’ case and held 4 defendants liable for their actions and insurance policies. Gary was able to collect the maximum allowable amount for the auto insurance policy of the driver of the truck, as well as the maximum allowable through the homeowners’ insurance. But how is that possible in a car accident claim?

    The playground equipment in the back of the truck was covered under the homeowner’s insurance policy. This means that when the equipment fell out of the vehicle and struck Wills’ car, the homeowner’s insurance policy then also became liable for the damages caused to Wills. Gary was able to establish this coverage and the homeowners insurance company was required to cover the damages.

    Court documents allege that the driver’s daughter was responsible for tying down the playground equipment but failed to properly do so, which subsequently resulted in the equipment falling out of the back of the truck and causing the accident that injured Wills. Gary pursued a recovery against the daughter as well for this alleged action.

    Gary was able to collect a $1 million homeowners insurance settlement and $250,000 auto insurance settlement from the mother, another $600,000 from the daughter, and a combined $75,000 from the final two defendants who drove the two additional vehicles that struck Wills.

    Here is a direct link to the article on Burger Law, as well as a related article from the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly with the case number 11SL-CC00410/June 1, 2012.

    Gary Burger of Burger Law is a car accident lawyer in St. Louis who prides himself on fighting for the rights and recoveries of those who are injured by reckless and negligent acts. If you have any questions about this case call or contact Burger Law now at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.

    Gary Burger
    500 N. Broadway
    Suite 1860
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    (314) 542-2222
    (618) 272-2222

    J&Y Law and PSB Co-Counsel on 1.957 Million Dollar Distracted Driving Case

    Javaheri & Yahoudai Law Firm

    Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2019 – As a premier personal injury practice serving clients in California, J&Y Law routinely collaborates with a network of credentialed law firms to maximize our clients’ recovery. Most recently, we co-counseled with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP (PSB) on a case in which our client was awarded $1,957,500 after sustaining injuries in a distracted driving accident in San Diego.

    The Backdrop

    In November 2014, our client was driving his white 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, headed southbound on 30th Street in San Diego. While traveling through a green traffic signal at the intersection of 30th and Broadway, he was struck by another driver traveling westbound on Broadway who failed to stop for a red traffic signal. As a result of the collision, our client sustained two injuries to his lower back.

    After 7 months of conservative chiropractic treatments, he received two spinal injections and resumed work as a tile setter. When the pain persisted, he sought additional treatment including a lumbar discogram in 2017, a single level lumbar fusion in 2018, followed by physical therapy and is expected to have another fusion surgery in the future.

    Although the defendant admitted prior to trial she was solely liable for causing the accident, her attorneys argued that our client’s damages did not exceed an estimated $40,000. A San Diego County Superior Court jury disagreed, however, and awarded him $1,957,500 for past and future medical expenses as well as past and future non-economic loss.

    This case highlights why it is crucial for anyone who has been injured in a car accident to be represented by an experienced personal injury attorney. J&Y Law would like to thank attorneys Robert Glassman and Nathan Werksman of PSB for their efforts in winning this substantial jury verdict.

    About the Firm

    J&Y Law serves every community in Northern and Southern California from over 20 offices conveniently located throughout the state. Through the years we have helped injury victims recover tens of millions of dollars in settlement awards and jury verdicts. We provide each client with knowledge, compassion and a superior level of personal service. To learn more about the legal services provided by J&Y Law, please reach out by calling our office today.

    Jury Returns 30.1 Million Dollar Verdict Against Driver’s Wife After GEICO Only Offers 147K in Damages

    Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2019 – All things considered, Randy Willoughby has a good life. Every day he spends time with his wife, Kayliegh, and their beautiful two-year-old daughter. When he’s not playing with his daughter, Randy can be found feeding his horses, playing video games, or enjoying his passion for cooking. But through it all, Mr. Willoughby suffers from a severe traumatic brain injury caused by a 2012 car wreck.

    On November 2, 2012, Mr. Willoughby, 20 at the time, and his girlfriend, Kayliegh Lewis, were on their way to dinner when an elderly driver ran a four-way stop sign and T-boned Ms. Lewis’ vehicle on the passenger side where Mr. Willoughby was sitting. His injuries were severe, including a Grade III diffuse axonal brain injury.

    In 2013, he filed a lawsuit to recover the damages caused by the wreck against the driver of the vehicle that hit him, as well as the driver’s wife as a co-owner of the vehicle. (Under Florida law, a co-owner of a vehicle is vicariously liable for damages caused by the negligent use of that vehicle.) Both defendants were insured by GEICO.

    Mr. Willoughby eventually settled with the driver, thus leaving the driver’s wife the only defendant responsible for Mr. Willoughby’s damages. Before trial, GEICO prevented the driver’s wife and Mr. Willoughby from settling the case for $4.8 million. GEICO even refused to let the parties agree to any amount of damages more than $147k in past medical expenses. As a result, Mr. Willoughby and the driver’s wife proceeded to trial to obtain a determination of the full amount of Mr. Willoughby’s damages.

    On Friday, March 15, 2019, a Florida jury returned a verdict for $30.1 million in Mr. Willoughby’s favor, which included $7.2 million in economic and over $22.9 million in non-economic damages.

    Mr. Willoughby was represented by Swope, Rodante P.A. attorneys Brandon Cathey, Brent Steinberg and Daniel Greene. At trial, the defendant co-owner was represented by attorneys Jim Thompson and Troy Holland of the defense firm Goodis Thompson & Miller, P.A.

    About Swope, Rodante P.A.

    As advocates of justice, Swope, Rodante P.A. is dedicated to fighting for the underdog, protecting our clients’ rights, and recovering compensation for clients to help rebuild their lives. Founded in 1979, Swope, Rodante P.A. has grown to meet the unique needs of our clients and the challenges of today’s legal environment. The firm’s focus is complex litigation, insurance bad faith and catastrophic injury cases, including brain and spinal cord injuries. With a Tampa office located in the historic Florida Brewery building, Swope, Rodante P.A. handles cases across the Southeast and Nationwide.

    Cummings Law Represents Patient’s Family in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against VUMC

    Brian Cummings, Esq.

    Nashville, TN (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2019 – A lawsuit recently filed by Cummings Law on behalf of the family of Chesta Shoemaker claims that the dedicated nurse and devoted mother died a wrongful death at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Chesta Shoemaker entered the hospital with a kidney infection in the spring of 2017. Her son, Brett Keefer, reports that her condition was noticeably improving until a resident mistakenly punctured her carotid artery while attempting to insert a central line into a vein. This mistake cut off circulation to Ms. Shoemaker’s brain. This serious mistake went unrecognized for approximately 12 hours, and later attempts to restore proper blood flow to the brain were too late. The next day, with it being clear she would die as a result of her severe brain injury caused by the lack of proper blood flow to the brain, she was taken off life support and died.

    As reported on the local NBC News channel, Brian Cummings, the well-known medical malpractice attorney representing Shoemaker’s family, states that Vanderbilt Medical Center is responsible for Chesta’s wrongful death since they should have had “a more trained physician doing something so important…if this resident had caught her mistake with any kind of promptness, this wouldn’t have led to death.” The lawsuit claims both that Dr. Edwards “was not experienced enough to be permitted to attempt the procedure without supervision” and that Dr. Edwards “did not tell Ms. Shoemaker she was a resident.”

    Chesta Shoemaker’s son describes his mother as “an amazing woman [who] had an excellent spirit. She was… always excited about life… and had a passion for helping people, healing, being there for people when they’re down.” The lawsuit seeks damages ranging from $15 million to $30 million. Vanderbilt’s Chief Communications Officer, John Howser when asked for his response to the case replied that “…because this matter is the subject of pending litigation, it would be inappropriate to comment.”


    Cummings Law
    4235 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 300
    Nashville, TN 37215
    Phone: 615-800-6822
    Fax: 615-815-1876