Magana Cathcart & McCarthy

Brian R. Magaña Cases of Note

Representative Cases:

Over the last quarter century Brian Magaña, has handled cases almost every area of personal injury litigation including: Medical malpractice; products liability; auto accidents; FELA; Jones Act; construction accidents; pipeline accidents; industrial disasters; medical device failures; drug liability; assaults and batteries; recreational boating, and; premises liability. Additionally he has prosecuted insurance bad fait cases, both third party and first party.

Federal Employer’s Liability Act:

McCue vs. Southern Pacific Transportation Co. – Switchman injured when improperly maintained switch handle struck his head crushing the side of his face.

Quarterman vs. Southern Pacific Transportation Co. – Railroad carman injured lifting poorly maintained decks on automobile transportation cars, requiring back surgery.

Griswold vs. ATS&F – Engineer injured as a result of improper seat design.

Products Liability:

Shiley Heart Valve Cases – Represented approximately 45 victims of failures of prosthetic heart valves resulting in injuries and deaths. Plaintiffs from Sweden, Holland, England, Australia, and the United States. Later represented the Consummenten Bond- the Dutch consumer’s organization- in objecting to a heart valve class action settlement, later negotiated minimum compensation schedule for Dutch victims of valve failures.

Parker vs. Showa Denko K.K. – Represented victim of L-tryptophan induced eosinophilic fascitis that resulted in permanent disability.

Ropp vs. General Motor Corporation –Represented woman injured by sudden acceleration of her car as a result of defective transmission.

Zepeda vs. Marine Sheet Metal Corp. – Represented cannery worker whose hand was cut off by an improperly guarded egg dicer.

West and Mottel vs. Pfaudler Co. – Represented worker burned and the heirs of another killed by inadvertent release of hot brewing mash at a Miller Brewery in Irwindale, California.

Elser vs. Braun – Brewery worker burned when he fell into improperly guarded chip cooker.

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