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Personal Injury

Goyette and Associates, Inc., represents individuals who have been injured or who have suffered damages as a result of the negligence or wrong doing of others. Our personal injury lawyers handle personal injury claims arising from a variety of mishaps such as automobile accidents, slip and falls, and intentional torts and will work to obtain a quick and favorable result.

Sacramento Personal Injury LawyerThe firm utilizes the expertise of lawyer Mark Swartz who is ‘Of Counsel’ for personal injury cases. Mr. Swartz is an experienced litigator who has tried over 100 cases before juries and has specialized in representing those who have been injured by the wrongful acts of others. He has tried several civil cases to verdicts and has obtained six figure and million dollar verdicts for clients. Mr. Swartz helps ensure that Goyette & Associates, Inc., clients receive expert, aggressive representation for personal injury and related cases.

Our public employee association clients, their friends and family member receive “member only” reduced hourly rates for Mark Swartz Perssonal Injury Legal representation. Please CONTACT us here and Mark will offer a complimentary review of your personal injury case.

SIGNIFICANT CIVIL TRIALS

 

Larson v. Orosco:

     Ms. Larson was riding on the back of a motorcycle driven by her brother. As they entered an intersection a car driven by the defendant made an unsafe left turn directly in front of them sending their motorcycle flying into the air. Ms. Larson’s brother was killed upon impact. Ms. Larson suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.  She underwent over ten surgeries and has not returned to work. She was awarded $5,500,000.00 by the court.


Hill v. Torres:

     Linda Hill was a seventeen year old high school senior who was riding in the backseat of a car when it was cut off by a car driven by another teen.  She was thrown from the car and died immediately.  Linda and her mother, who was divorced from her father, were extraordinarily close.  Mrs. Hill was awarded $2,000,000.00 after the trial of the case.


Withrow v. Confidential:

     The plaintiff, a building inspector, was inspecting a commercial property that was under construction.  During his inspection he stepped into an uncovered floor opening, which he knew was present. He fell to the floor fracturing his right patella and tearing the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He underwent three surgeries to repair these injuries.  The defendants all denied any responsibility for the incident, however, when they were made aware that failure to cover a floor opening is a violation of Cal OSHA regulations they settled the case for $1,025,000.00.


Prender v. Ravetto:

     The plaintiff was driving his car home from work when a van driven by the defendant drove from a side street directly into his path of travel causing a substantial collision. The plaintiff injured his neck and underwent surgery to his cervical spine. The case settled for $750,000.00.


Ness v. Alexander and Baldwin:

     Ms. Ness was an extraordinary woman who grew up in a foster home yet put herself through college and law school. She was diagnosed with polio when she was ten years old and she lived with the disease for her entire life.

      One rainy day she was entering the office building where she worked. After entering the door and stepping off the mat she suddenly slipped and fell on the floor which was wet. The owners of the building had not been changing the floor mat which allowed it become wet and acted like a sponge when it was stepped upon so instead of drying the bottom of Ms. Ness’ shoes the floor mat actually caused the bottoms of her shoes to become even wetter.

      Due to her fall, she suffered a bulging disc in her low back, radiculopathy in her right leg and the potential to experience post polio syndrome. Although she did not miss any time form work and her medical bills only totaled $10.000.00 the jury awarded her $100,000.00 for reduced earning capacity and $240,000.00 for pain and suffering.


Mauzac v. Water Well Technology:

      Mr. Mauzac was a concrete pumper who had been hired by Water Well Technology to pump cement into a well and down a pipe line constructed of 20 foot lengths of pvc pipe. As he began pumping the concrete the upper most section of pipe blew out of the pipe line striking him in the face.  Before he started pumping, Water Well Technology’s employees failed to tell him that they dropped the pipe line into the well and resolved the problem by sticking a loose piece of pipe into the pipe line. This was a blatant violation of Cal OSHA regulations which require all sections of a pipeline to be connected together. The defendant claimed they did nothing wrong. The case was arbitrated and the defendants were found to be responsible for the incident.

      Mr. Mauzac suffered four fractures on the right side of his face, his right cheek was lacerated, he lost three teeth and he suffers from tempo mandibular joint disorder. He lost $50,000.00 in income, his past medical bills were $21,000.00, his future medical bills were $20,000.00 and he was awarded $250,000.00 in special damages.


Vernon v. Gregory :

     Mr. Vernon was working as a traffic officer for the Stanislaus County Sheriff Department when he pulled over a motorist for speeding. The motorist pulled into a parking lot. As Mr. Vernon was writing a citation, the defendant backed her Ford Explorer out of a parking space right into Mr. Vernon’s motorcycle which fell onto Mr. Vernon injuring his right knee. Mr. Vernon suffered permanent nerve damage in his right leg but he did not miss any time from work and his medical bills totaled only $20,000.00. The jury awarded Mr. Vernon an additional $187,000.00 for pain and suffering.


Smidt v. Foote:

     Ms. Smidt was standing by her car putting gas into it, when a car driven by the defendant drove by her striking her with its passenger side view mirror.  She experienced immediate pain and six months later felt a pop in her back when she bent over to pick up her toddler.  She underwent surgery to her low back.  The jury awarded her $250,000.00.

 

Mark Swartz

 

In 1980 I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with Highest Honors in Philosophy and Political Science. While at UCSB I was selected to the Dean’s List every quarter and served on the College of Letters and Sciences Dean’s Honors Council.

I attended law school at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1985. While at Boalt I served as an Executive Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly and I worked as a student intern for the Alaska Supreme Court.

After graduating from Boalt Hall, I began my career as a trial lawyer with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office from 1985 to 1990. During this time I was a member of the Hardcore Gang Unit and prosecuted numerous murder and attempted murder trials involving various members of Blood and Crips gangs in Comptom and South Central Los Angeles.

In June of 1990 my wife and I moved to Sacramento and I joined the Sacramento County District Attorneys Office. During my career with Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, I served in the Career Criminal Unit, the Gang Unit and the Major Crimes Unit where I prosecuted 17 murder trials.

In 1997, I left the District Attorney’s Office and began my career as a civil trial lawyer specializing in plaintiffs personal injury cases. Overall I have tried over 100 civil and criminal jury trials including 23 murder trials.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

Member of the State Bar of California, Sacramento County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, Arbitrator for Sacramento and El Dorado Counties, listed in Who’s Who and the Best Lawyers Consumer Guide.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Sierra Sharks Swim Team- Past President, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors.

El Dorado Youth Soccer League- Member Board of Directors and Director of Risk Management

Coach – National Junior Basketball, Ponderosa Little League, Prospector Soccer League

Friends of the Library- Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors


 

Elizabeth A. O’Brien

Elizabeth A. O’Brien, a Sacramento native, earned her Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from Santa Clara University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Since being admitted to the California State Bar in December 1987, she has practiced tort litigation, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, focusing on premises and products liability, automobile collisions and employment discrimination and harassment.

Ms. O’Brien also spent six years with the Sacramento County Districy Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted consumer fraud and unfair competition actins with respect to automotive and telemarketing fraud, violation of healt and safety standards and false advertising.

 

 

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