Personal Injury

For approximately 12 years, Michele  Carmeli was employed by insurance defense firms to defend clients against of all manner of claims, including claims of catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death based on theories of negligence and intentional tort.  These personal injuries resulted from such varied incidents as car accidents, food poisoning, work at construction sites, slip and falls, injuries caused by animals, assault and battery, medical malpractice and defamation.  With such broad experience in successfully defending personal injury claims, Ms. Carmeli is very capable of zealously representing plaintiffs who have suffered personal injuries.

Business Litigation  – Defense

As part of her insurance defense practice, Ms. Carmeli represented parties in business litigation matters.  She can protect your interests against many types of challenges, such as claims for breach of contract, specific performance, interference with prospective business advantage, and fraud.

Employment Litigation – Defense

Employment-related litigation can be particularly sensitive.  During her tenure performing insurance defense work, Ms. Carmeli represented clients who were accused of sexual harassment, including one claim of sexual harassment by a wealthy Octogenarian, as well as claims for wrongful discharge, defamation and other employment-related matters.

Real Estate Disputes – Defense

Also as part of her insurance defense experience, Ms. Carmeli represented landlords who were sued by tenants on such varied issues as breach of lease, mold and habitability, wrongful eviction and personal injury.  She also represented real property buyers and sellers in claims related to failure to disclose conditions in real estate purchase agreements, and competing claims to title.  Homeowner’s associations sued under theories of breach of fiduciary duty and violation of covenants, conditions and restrictions, have also received a vigorous defense by Ms. Carmeli.

Results for Clients:  General Civil Litigation –  Defense of Actions

As a result of work performed by Ms. Carmeli while working for insurance defense firms, Ms. Carmeli was able to obtain the following results:

Assault and Battery at Construction Site

  • Facts: Plaintiff, employee of subcontractor, sued general contractor/developer for personal injuries resulting from his being pushed off the second story of home under construction by employee of other subcontractor.  Plaintiff suffered significant head and other injuries.
  • Result:  Ms. Carmeli negotiated dismissal of action on the basis that general contractor/developer owed no duty to injured employee.

Brain Injury Due to Car Accident

  • Facts:  Plaintiff suffered significant brain injury when his vehicle was T-boned by defendant driving stolen truck owned by client’s company.
  • Result:  Ms. Carmeli’s five clients granted dismissal by way of summary judgment .

Personal Injury at Construction Site

  • Facts:  Plaintiff, employee of door subcontractor, suffered permanent injuries as a result of being struck by another subcontractor’s vehicle at a construction site.  Plaintiff sued general contractor/developer claiming developer had duty to control traffic at work site.
  • Result:  Ms. Carmeli filed pleading with result that court dismissed developer/general contractor stating defendant did not owe duty to plaintiff to control traffic.

Wrongful Eviction

  • Facts: Plaintiff, female tenant, sought triple damages and punitive damages against Defendant, landlord/client, complaining that she was discriminated against in a wrongful eviction action.
  • Result: Ms. Carmeli obtained dismissal of one client on eve of trial; Plaintiff dismissed action against second client on second day of trial.

Personal Injury Caused by Animal (Horse Incident)

  • Facts:  Plaintiff, Ph.D psychologist/nurse , sued dog owners for allegedly scaring her horse into rearing on its hind legs during her horse ride in San Bernardino State Park, causing her back injuries and causing eye injury to her allegedly championship horse.
  • Result:  Michele obtained defense arbitration award after which Plaintiff dismissed action.

Toxic Injury

  • Facts:  Plaintiff (a tenant) contended that he suffered significant personal injuries as a result of toxic fungus that was in his home.  Plaintiff previously had lung cancer and sought three million in damages.  Case heaviliy litigated and defended by Michele.
  • Result:  Plaintiff settled for small fraction of original demand.

If  you are involved in civil litigation, we want to help you.  We are confident that you will find peace of mind having one of our advocates on your side, speaking on your behalf at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.  Contact Serbin & Carmeli, Attorneys at Law, for aggressive representation of your civil litigation matters.

The results on this page do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or preduction regarding the outcome of your legal matters.
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