Some examples of the firm’s many successes are as follows:

Schales v. Ogden Allied

Opal Schales, age 62, and her sister, Rosalie Burrows, age 65, went to the Los Angeles Airport to board a plane to Arkansas. Because of the crowds, Ms. Schales, who could walk, but was not very confident on her feet in a crowded airport, requested that the Ogden Allied skycap take her to the airport gate in a wheel chair. The skycap agreed. But when he arrived at the elevator, and saw the crowd, he impatiently suggested that he take Ms. Schales up the escalator in the wheel chair. She questioned his judgment, but he assured both ladies that he did "this all the time", as he tilted the wheel chair back while she rode up the escalator.

 

The wheel chair pedal caught near the top of the escalator, and when it was freed, Ms. Schales fell forward stubbing her toe. Because of a pre-existing blood condition, Polycythema Vera, two weeks later, Ms. Schales’ entire foot turned black from gangrene. Two bypass surgeries were attempted to restore blood flow to the foot, but were unsuccessful. Ultimately, Ms. Schales’ leg was amputated below the knee. Mr. Baronian obtained a settlement in the amount of $800,000.00.

Hovey v. Kaiser Permanente

In this medical malpractice case, Ms. Hovey, a 25 year old, had her gallbladder removed by laparoscopy, which entailed a small incision below the belly button. During the surgery a sharp tipped instrument was used rather than a blunt one without properly insufflating the abdominal cavity with gas. As a result, Ms. Hovey’s iliac artery was partially cut during the gallbladder removal. The surgeon had to open the abdominal cavity to perform a surgical repair.

 

After the incision healed, the small intestines adhered to the incision site causing severe pain. A second abdominal surgery was performed to free the intestines and to remove the adhesions. As a result of these two "corrective" abdominal surgeries, Ms. Hovey was left with a scar running down the center of her abdomen. The claim was settled by Mr. Baronian against Kaiser for $170,000.00.

Arshagouni v. Yamamoto

Mr. Arshagouni was driving on the freeway when he saw a car driven by Ms. Yamamoto spin out of control as it entered the freeway in front of him. As Yamamoto’s car careened across the freeway, from the on ramp to the center divider, it struck two cars. Mr. Arshagouni avoided the two collisions in front of him by bringing his Ford Explorer to a safe stop, but was nevertheless rear ended by a moving van which failed to properly stop.

 

The force of the impact caused Mr. Arshagouni’s seat to break as his left elbow struck the driver’s door frame. For two months, he experienced a sore neck and back, which healed. Four months after the accident, he developed numbness and tingling in two of the fingers of his left hand. Surgery had to be performed to remove the pressure on the ulnar nerve ("funny bone"). The case was taken to binding arbitration because only $40,000 was offered. Mr. Baronian obtained a total judgment of $93,000.00.

Williams v. Domino’s Pizza

This high profile case involved the killing of an unarmed gang member wannabe by a Domino’s Pizza employee. Mr. Baronian won a defense verdict against The Law Offices of Johnnie Cochran.

 

Despite the fact that the Domino’s employee had previously pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the criminal trial, Mr. Baronian argued that the Domino’s delivery boy was simply defending himself from a gang attack when he killed the plaintiff’s son.

Okrent v. DiGregorio

Dr. Okrent, a professor of pulmonary medicine at UCLA, was out jogging near his home at night as he approached a dimly lit corner of an intersection wearing a navy blue jogging suit. Mr. DiGregorio, a driver, came to a stop at the intersection. Mr. DiGregorio looked left, saw another car, looked right (the direction from which Dr. Okrent was coming), saw nothing, looked left to confirm his right of way, and looked right again before proceeding into the intersection. As he drove into the crosswalk, he struck Dr. Okrent with the right side of his vehicle about 18’ from the curb.

 

As a result of the accident, Dr. Okrent was left with the brain function of an 8 year old, and was not able to practice medicine again. His lawyer asked the jury for $5,000,000.00. Bob obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Mr. DiGregorio 40 minutes after the jury retired to begin deliberations following an 11 day trial. Mr. Baronian successfully argued that Mr. DiGregorio was not negligent since he acted reasonably by looking both ways before driving into the intersection.

 

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