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Medical Care and Compensation for Injured Children

When a child has been in an accident, the effects of an injury may not become apparent for some time, because the child is still developing physically and mentally. For this reason, it is important to obtain a thorough and accurate medical diagnosis. You should also consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Sariol Legal Center is a firm that is dedicated to helping injured people obtain the medical care and compensation they need to rebuild their lives. We have extensive experience representing children and teenagers who have been injured in accidents, as well as wrongful death cases.

Our firm advocates tenaciously for our clients, working hard to obtain the best possible result in every case. For a free consultation about your case, contact Sariol Legal Center.


Orange County Attorney for Minors in Auto Accidents

The founder of our firm, Frank Sariol, has more than 20 years of experience representing accident victims and their families. Frank and his staff will undertake a comprehensive legal effort designed to obtain results for you. Working closely with your child’s doctor or other medical experts, we will determine the medical care and services your child will need, now and in the future. We will also examine the impact the accident will have on your child’s potential earning capacity, and we will place a value on his or her pain and suffering for inclusion in your claim. Sariol Legal Center will work diligently to build a strong and successful case for you.

Get Legal Help Today

While the stature of limitations on a child injury case does not start until the age of 18, it is important to obtain legal help as soon as possible. Much has to be done to document the accident and evaluate your child’s future medical needs. Sariol Legal Center will act quickly on your case, seeking maximum compensation and the medical care your child needs.

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For a free consultation about a child accident case in Southern California, contact Sariol Legal Center.

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Jury Awards $11 Million in Asbestos Wrongful Death Lawsuit

“The jury returned a reasonable and fair decision that shows how jurors value the loss and love of a parent and family.”

Emily_Gordon_BankheadAn Alameda County, California jury returned an $11 million verdict in a wrongful death suit (Emily Bankhead, Tammy Bankhead, and Debbie Bankhead Meiers v. ArvinMeritor, Inc., et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG12632899) against Pneumo Abex LLC on January 15, 2014.  A prior jury had found that Pneumo Abex’s asbestos-containing brakes were defective, and that Pneumo Abex negligently, intentionally, and maliciously caused Mr. Bankhead’s mesothelioma, who died from the disease at age 68.

Mr. Bankhead’s tragic death gave rise to a new case to compensate his family for their loss of his companionship for all the years by which his life was cut short. In this second trial, which commenced January 13, 2014, Pneumo Abex was not allowed to dispute its responsibility for Mr. Bankhead’s death. The jury was not told the reasons for Pneumo Abex’s liability, nor were they told about the circumstances of Mr. Bankhead’s death. The jury was tasked with deciding the full amount of Mr. Bankhead’s widow’s and daughters’ losses due to his wrongful death 17 years before his life expectancy.

The jury valued Emily Bankhead’s losses at $6 million, and Tammy Bankhead’s and Debbie Bankhead-Meiers’s losses at $2,500,000 each. “This verdict shows that wrongful death cases are extremely valuable and undervalued by insurers and defendants,” stated Mr. McClain. “The jury returned a reasonable and fair decision that shows how jurors value the loss and love of a parent and family.”

According to Mr. McClain, “No amount of money can make up for Mr. Bankhead’s death, but we take comfort from the jury’s swift and just verdict.”

According to court documents, Gordon Bankhead worked from 1965 to 1999 in the service and repair of heavy duty vehicles as a parts man. He regularly handled asbestos-containing brakes, and was present for the inspection, replacement, grinding, and blowing out of asbestos-containing brakes. All of these activities caused him to breathe deadly asbestos dust. Pneumo Abex manufactured many of the brake linings Mr. Bankhead was exposed to. (Gordon and Emily Bankhead v. Allied Packing & Supply, Inc., et al, Alameda County Superior Court No. RG10502243)

The jury awarded Mr. Bankhead $1,470,000 for his past and future economic loss, and $1,500,000 for his pain and suffering. The jury also awarded his wife, Emily Bankhead $1,000,000 for her loss of her husband’s support and companionship. The jury found that defendants’ actions were malicious, fraudulent, and/or oppressive and awarded $9,000,000 in punitive damages against Pneumo Abex. Pneumo Abex appealed the verdict, which was subsequently upheld.

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