Van Der Walde Attorneys Secure $2.3 Million Verdict

Attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP recently secured a $2.375 million verdict in the Santa Clara Superior Court on behalf of a client who suffered serious injuries after being sexually assaulted by the owner and an employee of the Sushi Zen Restaurant.

The case was based on a visit our client had made to the restaurant after hours. The client was intoxicated and sexually assaulted while at the restaurant, suffering severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries as a result of the attack. The future medical bills alone for the trauma suffered were expected to total $25,000.

Although the defendant argued that the sexual activity was consensual and that few or no injuries resulted, the jury, after a five-day trial and three hours of deliberation, did not agree. The jury awarded our injured client compensatory damages of $1.275 million, including the cost of future medical bills and amounts to compensate for other losses suffered as a result of the attack. The jury also awarded $1.1 million in punitive damages, based on the evidence heard at trial regarding exactly how the attack had taken place.

While this verdict represents a significant success for our firm and will hopefully bring our client peace of mind, the battle may not be over yet. At the end of April, the defendant filed a motion for a new trial on the issue of punitive damages, moving the case forward once again.

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our focused San Jose personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting not only for our clients’ compensation, but also for their peace of mind. For a free and confidential consultation about your injury case, contact us today at (800) 900-0863.