Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is proud to announce Tanya Ortega Rittger and Ranger J. Wiens as winners of the firm’s 2016 Trial Lawyer of Year Award. Each year this award is presented to the attorney(s) with the most remarkable trial in the firm. Based out of our San Luis Obispo office, Ms. Ortega and Mr. Wiens have won this coveted award for the second consecutive year.
Ms. Ortega and Mr. Wiens received the honor of Trial Lawyers of the Year for their extraordinary efforts and perseverance during an eleven-day trial in McCall v. Coastline Distributing, Inc. The San Luis Obispo jury ordered a truck driver and trucking company, Coastline Distributing, Inc., to pay our injured client $2,119,875 after she was rear-ended by the truck driver on Highway 1 in Morro Bay.
The truck driver had a harmful narcotics dependency and was nevertheless hired by his father and co-owner of Coastline to drive tractor-trailers in our communities across the Central Coast. While intoxicated and impaired on controlled substances, the truck driver drove 55 mph into the back of our client’s vehicle at a red traffic light. The truck driver was arrested for driving under the influence of controlled substances. Our client sustained permanent cervical facet injuries (neck joint pain) and will require a radiofrequency ablation every year for the rest of her life. Her past medical bills totaled $41,938 and the last offer by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company was $29,034.44. After hours of deliberation, the jury awarded our injured client $1,059,938 in compensatory damages and $1,059,938 in punitive damages against Coastline for disregarding and jeopardizing the safety of every person on the roadway by hiring an unfit truck driver.
Congratulations to Ms. Ortega and Mr. Wiens for achieving justice against the insurance company.