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Johnston, Teresa v. University Community Association - $14 Million Settlement - Orange County, California

March 2019

Teresa Johnston, age thirteen, was acting as a good samaritan and walking the dog of an elderly neighbor in the University community complex when one of the trees in the common area fell. Teresa suffered severe and life-altering injuries including head trauma, TBI, and facial fractures.

The defense argued that it was one of the wettest winters in many years with heavy winds and heavy rainfall and a tree falling in those conditions was simply an act of God.

The case settled for $14 million in March of 2019, one month before the trial date. 

Practice area(s): Civil Litigation, Litigation, Personal Injury

Court: Orange County

Gary A. Dordick

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