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Hemet, Riverside, Calif. — Managing Partner, Samer Habbas of the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates secures a $1,250,000 wrongful death settlement for a premises liability accident. A tree cutting company was contracted by a local Homeowners’ Association (HOA) to work on a tree in their neighborhood. As a service worker was up in the tree trimming branches off, a resident was seen passing through the active project. Suddenly, a large branch fell from the tree and struck the 81-year-old resident in the head.
The impact caused a large laceration on the resident’s forehead, that led him to succumb to his head injury. Medical personnel was unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead on the scene. This catastrophic incident could have been easily avoided had it not been for the negligent acts of the HOA. Both parties failed to provide proper warning of dangerous conditions, nor did they take any safety precautions to prevent harm to those nearby.
It was later discovered that the service workers employed by the tree service company were inexperienced, unlicensed contractors. The HOA carelessly hired an unlicensed company to handle the landscape work. A licensed landscape business employs experienced contractors who are well aware of the high prospect of injuries involving tree trimming services. Our client’s husband’s safety was neglected and as a result, he lost his life.
A lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s wife, alleging wrongful death, was filed against the tree cutting company and the HOA. To secure liability against the HOA, Managing Partner, Samer Habbas was able to skillfully prove that the HOA hired an unlicensed tree cutting company. In an attempt to avoid the inarguable facts, the defendant’s insurance company unsuccessfully tried to place liability on the deceased for knowingly walking onto the worksite. Habbas refused to let the defendants unnecessarily drag out a clearcut case. The defense denied responsibility and sent a no-fault letter. With a relentless and aggressive approach, Habbas was able to obtain a $1,250,000 settlement offer for the wife of the deceased.