Personal Injury Law Firm West Coast Trial Lawyers Obtains Verdict of Over $6 Million for Mother… | New


LOS ANGELES, July 28 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — West Coast Trial Lawyers, a personal injury law firm in Los Angeles, California, announces a $7 million verdict awarded to Irene Melendez, the mother of Timothy Cortinas, who died tragically in 2018 while abandoned in a vehicle in West Covina.

Cortinas, 51, suffered from a severe intellectual disability and required full-time supervision in a care home owned by Holy Family Children’s Care Inc. When his caretaker, Emanuel Arellano, negligently left Cortinas seatbelt in a car, Cortinas died of hyperthermia on a hot summer day. Ms Melendez was never informed that her son had disappeared from the nursing home during the hours that had passed.

Ms. Melendez requested our assistance in 2018 to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the organizations involved in the events and lack of accountability that led to Cortinas’ death. After a nearly month-long trial in May 2022, the jury awarded Ms. Melendez $2.25 million in compensatory damages and $4.7 million in punitive damages.

The case was heard by firm partner Dean Aynechi and trial attorney Gilland Jones. “It was a difficult process for our client, but we are both satisfied that justice finally prevailed,” Dean said. “It is always difficult for a client to have to relive such tragic events in their life, but seeing justice prevail is worth it for us and for the client.” Dean is a personal injury lawyer with extensive trial experience and fought tirelessly to obtain justice for Ms. Melendez in this wrongful death trial. Although no amount of money can ever replace the life of Timothy Cortinas, Dean hopes that Mrs. Melendez will find peace and justice with the outcome of this case.

About West Coast Trial Lawyers

West Coast Trial Lawyers is a California-based personal injury firm with a team of dedicated and aggressive attorneys. The company is passionate about its work and committed to helping everyday people receive the financial compensation they deserve when injured in an accident. West Coast Trial Lawyers have the experience, expertise and resources to win personal injury cases of all sizes in today’s dynamic and complex justice system.

As experienced and trained personal injury attorneys, they understand the mental and physical stress that typically accompanies navigating a complex personal injury case.

Contact information

Phone: (213) 262-5649

E-mail: [email protected]


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