Russell & Lazarus February/March 2020

One of our clients, a 30-something single mother who is putting herself through nursing school, was seriously injured over two years ago when another customer at a grocery store clipped her back heel with a motorized cart supplied by the store. The injury caused a complete tear of her Achilles tendon, which required one surgery and may require another in the future as the scarring thickens. The woman who carelessly hit our client could not be found after the incident, so as we do with any claim, we looked for other responsible parties. In this case, we felt the manufacturer of the cart had liability for building an edge on the cart sharp enough CASE FILES How We Helped an Injured Client Seek Justice

to cause the slicing of an Achilles tendon, and the store was negligent for selecting that model to be driven in their store, not to mention allowing for the cart’s edge to be even more dangerous because of poor maintenance. Both the store and the manufacture of the cart, of course, denied they did anything wrong and, in fact, argued it was the first time something like this had ever happened. Fortunately for our client, once we filed the lawsuit and started turning over all the stones under which corporate defendants usually like to hide truthful information, we found the “smoking gun” memo, where they identified the cart as a danger, and we found a case up on appeal back on the East Coast that involved another victim being injured in a similar manner. Bingo! We could now prove our case, and because they lied under oath about having no prior knowledge of the danger, the potential

for a large jury verdict forced them to the bargaining table on the eve of trial late last year. As result, the zero offers they made previously turned into a $425,000 settlement for our deserving client (although our client nervously wanted to accept their first “best and last” offer of $150,000, which we argued against). Holding parties accountable for their negligent and intentional conduct is what we do here at Russell & Lazarus, and we were very happy to do just that on this claim. Our client was provided the compensation she deserved.


Rosie Valencia | Busy Mom and Case Manager Supervisor

Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish.



• 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

• 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 6 tbsp spinach pesto • 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar


SHARING THE LOVE! Since February marks National Heart Health Awareness Month, the team dressed in red and pink to hand out candy and Valentine's Day brochures containing useful information about heart disease.

1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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