Kathy’s 33 year-old developmentally-disabled daughter lived in her own home with the assistance of caregivers employed by the Defendants. This case was a wrongful death and Abuse of a Dependent Adult action brought by the parents. Kathy’s daughter died after a lengthy struggle with her caregivers. The deliberate disregard by Defendants of the high degree of probability that injury or death would occur by providing direct care staff without critically-necessary CPR certification, and its conscious choice of a course of action with knowledge of the serious danger to Kathy’s daughter.
Defendants offered $200,000.00 six weeks before trial. The jury awarded $7,700,000.00; the Honorable Judge Charles S. Crandall awarded an additional $1,507,270.00 in attorney’s fees and $2,105,155.68 in costs and interest for a total trial recovery of $11,062,385.68. In ruling on post-trial motions,
Judge Crandall stated:
Plaintiffs’ lead trial counsel (Mr.Murphy) has appeared before the Court on numerous occasions over a period of many years. His reputation for honesty is impeccable and, as discussed herein, his performance was outstanding!
Stated somewhat differently, the quality of representation provided by Plaintiffs’ counsel far exceeds the quality of representation that would have been provided by attorneys in San Luis Obispo, billing at the hourly rates used in the defense’s lodestar calculation. . . . In particular, attorney Murphy’s credentials establish him as a highly skilled, very experienced, exceptional plaintiff’s counsel.