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Verdicts & Settlements
"$2,073,373.80 jury verdict against national retail store for negligent operation of a cart resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to client." - (2017)
"$2,000,000.00 settlement reached during jury selection for client who was struck on left foot by an employee operating a merchandising cart at a retail store resulting in a serious neurological injury to client. " - (2014)
"$1,900,000.00 recovered for families for the wrongful death of their 2 children arising out of a drunk driving auto accident." - (2010)
"$3,400,000.00 settlement against a school district on behalf of 4 victims of sexual abuse by their school principal." - (2016)

Common Auto Accident Injuries in Fresno


Automobile accidents are all too frequent in Fresno, California, and the injuries resulting from the accidents may be slight or severe. One of the most common injuries from an auto accident is whiplash, which is an injury to the cervical vertebrae (the neck) as a result of a sudden change in speed, either by speeding up or slowing down, as in an automobile accident. Headaches and stiffness in the neck appearing within the first few days after an accident may indicate whiplash. Severe pain in the back of the head or tingling in the shoulders and arms or a feeling of heaviness in the arms is additional cause for concern and should be checked out by a medical professional. For more information, please review Mr. Rivas’ page on what to do after an accident.


Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death in the United States for people under age 45. A motor vehicle accident is one of the leading causes of brain trauma. When the head strikes a hard object, such as a steering wheel or the side window of an automobile, the brain can become bruised, with nerve damage and swelling that can threatens the victim’s life. Immediate treatment is necessary to assess the level of damage and to relieve any swelling. Depending on the severity of the trauma, brain injuries can be life-changing or even fatal.

Air bag injuries are increasingly common as more cars are equipped with this safety device. Designed to protect drivers and passengers from impact within the automobile, they detonate with such force that they too can cause injury. A 2007 study found that air bags may increase the risk of injury for adults who are other than “medium height,” defined as being between 5 foot 3 inches and 5 foot 11 inches tall. Ironically, larger or smaller adults may be at increased risk from the safety device. The most important factor in preventing air bag injuries is the distance from the air bag, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Contact Fresno accident attorney Jacob J. Rivas for a free initial consultation to discuss your Fresno auto accident injury. Call today at Phone: 559-263-9667 or toll free or contact us online.