Recent Verdicts

Delfino Green & Green is a San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California law firm dedicated to helping people who have been seriously injured or disabled. We serve our clients with expertise and compassion, unwilling to rest until we have secured the care and compensation you deserve during your time of need.

Through our decades of experience we have learned that, while most cases will reach a settlement before trial, it is important to let the defense know that we are ready and willing to take the case to trial and win. We have found that this confidence in our trial abilities results in larger settlements and a more speedy legal process. We will not shy away from a fight to get you what you need.

Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.

Here is a sampling of verdicts and settlements our clients received as a result of our excellent representation:

Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Bad Faith – Pollution Coverage – $10,000,000
Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.

Disability – Neurological Issues – $2,400,000
Our client became disabled from neurological issues. Our attorneys were able to work with the client and his physicians to quickly assemble all of the documentation necessary to support out client’s claim of total disability. The insurer agreed that our client was totally disabled and paid his claim.

Traumatic Brain Injury to Child – $2,000,000
A three year old child was being carried across the street when she was struck by an oncoming car. The child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she hit the ground. Her injuries were so serious she had to be hospitalized for several months. Our firm negotiated a settlement of $2,000,000 by forcing the payment of all of the available insurance from the driver’s automobile insurer ($1,250,000), the entire amount of the homeowners insurance limits available ($500,000), and all of the amounts that the person carrying the little girl was able to recover from the negligent driver ($250,000). We then arranged for another firm to prepare and fund a large Special Needs Trust for the health and welfare of the injured child.

Disability – Heart Condition -$1,800,000 Our client became disabled by a heart attack.  The insurer refused to pay, claiming that our client was still able to perform his occupation.  We met with all of our client’s doctors, obtained reports confirming the client’s inability to perform his prior occupation, and ultimately convinced the insurance company to pay the claim in full.

Builder’s Risk/Collapse – $1,700,000
A contractor suffered a severe collapse at one of his sites. The claim was submitted to the insurer and denied. Mr. Green reviewed all of the facts, researched the law, and brought together the necessary experts to prove that the Contractor’s Builders Risk insurer was responsible for a substantial portion of the loss. He also proved that a subcontractor was negligent and the subcontractor’s insurer also paid a substantial settlement. In total, Mr. Green was able to obtain more than $1,700,000 in compensation for his client.

Disability – Heart Condition $1,000,000
Our client had worked for the government for many years when she began suffering from a serious heart condition. All of her doctors told her that she could no longer work and if she continued to do so, she would be risking further injury to her heart or even death. Based on this advice from her physicians, our client submitted her disability claim to her insurer. They denied her claim and told her that their physician/consultant had reviewed her records and had concluded that she could and should “go back to work.” Our attorneys investigated the case and found that the disability insurer’s statements were false. In fact, the physician/consultant had told the insurer that he could not reach a conclusion on disability without first examining our client, which he never did. We used the insurer’s own misrepresentations to convince them to pay all benefits due – $125,000 – and an additional $875,000 in bad faith and punitive damages.

Aviation accident (death) – $975,000
A husband and father of two small children was killed in an aviation accident involving a small aircraft. Our firm represented the widow and two children against the pilot of the aircraft. By hiring experts in aviation (to prove negligence) and economists (to prove damages), and utilizing William Green’s expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, we were able to make a very powerful case and obtain a very favorable settlement that allowed the family to survive financially.

Forklift Accident – Broken Ribs and Partial sight loss – $700,000
A construction supervisor went to pick up some materials for a construction job. A worker at the yard neglected to set the parking brake on a piece of heavy equipment a few yards away. While the construction supervisor had his back turned, the machine rolled into him, pinning him against the side of his pick-up truck. He suffered several broken ribs, but that was the least of his injuries. Within several weeks of the accident, he had partially lost his sight. By working with medical experts, our firm was able to directly connect the sight loss to the injuries caused by the machine that rolled into our client. The case settled at Mediation without any need for a trial.

Disability – Artificial Valve – $700,000
Our client went in to the dentist for a routine procedure. A new dentist had taken over the practice and did not thoroughly review the client’s chart. As a result, the dentist did not see that the client should have been pre-medicated with antibiotics because of a heart murmur. The client got an infection in a valve in his heart and eventually had to have a heart valve transplant. The client was put on blood thinners that made it impossible to work in his prior occupation. The client’s disability insurer denied his claim, stating that he could still perform his occupation. The attorneys at our firm put together an air-tight case and, just before trial was about to begin, the insurer agreed to pay our client the benefits he was entitled to under his policy.

Insurance Bad Faith – Destruction of Business – $600,000
Our clients were the owners and operators of a Marine business. The entire business and a great deal of personal property was destroyed by a storm. The clients hired several sets of attorneys in an effort to find the right fit. Eventually, the clients hired our firm and we were able to put together an extremely compelling case. The insurance company realized this and paid our clients for their losses.

Disability – Migraine Headaches – $500,000
Our client was a health care professional who began suffering from frequent, debilitating migraine headaches. The insurer initially denied the claim and the client hired our firm to demonstrate to the insurer that she was totally disabled and qualified for benefits under her disability policy. Our attorneys then went to work assembling the claim, making sure our client was seen by the appropriate medical professionals, and ensuring that the necessary reports were prepared and provided to the insurer. The insurer eventually agreed to pay our client the benefits she was entitled to under her policy.

Insurance Bad Faith – Health Care Insurance – Surgeries – $500,000
Our client had a series of surgeries to repair damaged areas of her body. She submitted the claims to her health care insurer and they denied the claims in their entirety. The client hired an attorney and brought suit against the insurer. The attorney did very little to prosecute the case and the insurer offered nothing to settle. At the client’s request, Delfino Green & Green took over the case from the prior attorney. Our attorneys immediately went to work – gathering the facts, researching the applicable law, retaining the correct experts – and we were able to convince the insurer to pay our client all of the benefits that she was due.

Car Accident – Family Injuries – $300,000
In this case, we represented an entire family – two parents and three kids for various injuries. The family was travelling home one evening in their minivan when a drunk driver ran a red light and hit them broadside. The parents suffered relatively minor injuries, but two of the children were seriously injured. The nine-year-old girl suffered internal injuries, all of which healed after a few months. The four-year-old boy suffered a broken arm. The youngest child was uninjured. Here, our team of attorneys was confronted with a driver who claimed that there had been another car that had sideswiped him and pushed him into our clients’ car. Although his insurance company initially believed this story, we immediately performed a detailed accident reconstruction that proved to the insurance company that their client’s story was pure fiction and that he was completely responsible for the injuries and damage to this family. The insurer quickly paid our clients all of the available insurance.

Car vs. Pedestrian – Broken Ankle – $250,000
A woman was crossing the street in a crosswalk when a pick-up truck hit her. The truck was travelling slowly, so the only injury was a broken ankle. Without ever filing suit in court, our firm was able to put together a detailed and extremely well-documented demand package that convinced the negligent driver’s insurance company to pay our client every dollar of insurance available.

Car Accident – Shoulder Injury – $250,000
Our client suffered a shoulder injury in a motor vehicle accident. The other driver had no insurance, so we had to present the case to our client’s insurer under the Uninsured Motorist Coverage. Despite the fact that our client had no loss of income from the injury and had not had surgery, we were able to demonstrate to the insurer that he would some day need surgery and that the entirety of the $250,000 policy limit should be paid to our client.

Assault – Sexual – $200,000
Our client was sexually assaulted. Despite the fact that there were no witnesses, we were able to convince the defendant and the insurer that the assault did, in fact, take place, and that our client was entitled to compensation. This was a case other attorneys would not take on because of the tremendous difficulty proving the case. However, our attorneys believed in our client and felt we could put the case together in a very compelling way.

Woman Thrown from Horse – Broken Wrist – $100,000
A woman was riding a horse when she was suddenly thrown from the horse. She suffered several bone fractures, including a severely fractured wrist on her non-dominant arm. She had signed a rental agreement that contained a “waiver of liability” that appeared to prevent her from recovering anything against the stable where she had rented the horse. However, when our attorneys read all of the fine print in the rental agreement, it was clear that the stable had promised to provide her with a skilled guide so that she could reduce the risks inherent in horseback riding. The stable eventually recognized that it had not lived up to its end of the agreement and paid for our client’s injuries.