Premises Liability Sexual Assault-$7,500,000 Settlement (California 2017)

Premises Liability

Conal Doyle obtained a $7,500,000 settlement for a woman who was sexually assaulted at a Southern California hotel by a third party criminal intruder.

The victim was referred to the firm by a local trial judge, who described Mr. Doyle as “one of the best jury trial lawyers he has ever seen.”  The case was settled after a lawsuit was filed but before discovery began, so the plaintiff did not even have to give a deposition in the case.

Justice was obtained so efficiently in this tragic case in large part because of Mr. Doyle’s courtroom reputation.  The settlement was remarkable because it brought justice and resolution to a wonderful woman who was brutally attacked through no fault of her own.

There were no economic damages in the case, the settlement was purely for “pain and suffering” damages, primarily psychological.  The entirety of the settlement was paid by the hotel as the actual assailant was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to more than thirty years in prison.

This result is one of the largest premises liability sexual assault settlements in California history.

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