Chavez & de Leon, P.A.'s Fernando Chavez wins $57 Million Verdict at Trial
MIAMI, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawyer Fernando F. Chavez of Chavez & De Leon, P.A., with Miami and San Jose offices—along with attorney Federico Castelan Sayre—won what is said to be the largest judgment in the history of the South BayCourt, known for its traditionally conservative judgments.
Nearly $58 million was awarded to Antonio Lopez Chaj, a Los Angeles immigrant who remains permanently brain damaged and physically deformed after being severely beaten by a security guard in a Los Angeles bar on April 19, 2010. His injuries were so grave that doctors removed a portion of his brain and skull. Mr. Lopez Chaj cannot speak, needs assistance to walk, eat and take care of himself and requires 24 hour a day help.
The jurors quickly confirmed the case for the plaintiff against DGSP Security and Patrol Services. The night of the attack, MrLopez Chaj and three relatives were involved in a fight in a Los Angeles bar. A security guard struck him in the head with a baton several times and pulled him outside the bar. He repeated to hit him in the head and slammed his head into the pavement multiple times.
The attorneys Chavez and Sayre requested and secured a judgment for nearly $58 million dollars—in economic and medical losses, future medical expenses, lost earnings in addition to pain and suffering.
John De Leon, managing shareholder of the firm, and Mr. Chavez retained the case to represent the family of Mr. Lopez Chaj. "Our law firm is dedicated to fighting for justice of immigrants in the United States and for protecting their civil rights," said Mr. De Leon. "This verdict for the injuries suffered by a then undocumented immigrant highlights that just juries are prepared to compensate injured parties, regardless of immigration status, fully. It is a great day for the American justice system."