Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos Obtains Personal Injury General Damages Only Verdict – Three Times Defense “Best Offer”

November 6, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles jury awarded a woman $760,000 for her pain and suffering after she was severely injured falling through a trap door left open as the result of her electrician’s negligence. Mike Arias, managing partner, Kate Harvey-Lee and Gene Feldman represented the plaintiff in the case.

Throughout litigation, the defense offered very little and then refused to budge from their last-minute pre-trial offer of $200,000 in spite of the severe injuries the plaintiff suffered and over $60,000 in recoverable medical bills.

“Our 998 was $273,999.99, which the defendant’s carrier let expire.  “Throughout the litigation the defense refused to be reasonable and we made the decision to put this case in front of a jury,” said Mike Arias. “The axiom holds true that some cases just need to be tried. Had we accepted their first pre-trial offer, tempting as it may have been, our client would not be fully compensated.  She’ll live with the impact of these injuries for years, and we tried this case because the carrier refused to provide a reasonable offer.”

Facts of the Case

Theresa Worhach had hired Antonio Banuelos to do some outside electrical work on her home. On April 16 of 2015, during the course of the work, one of Banuelos’s two workers opened a trap door located in a hallway inside the house to access the underside of the home to reach some wiring.  The trap door was left open without any warning, cones or caution tape in order to alert others that the door was open. Ms. Worhach walked into the hall, not knowing the trapped door was open, and she fell in and suffered severe injuries.

The case is Theresa Worhach v. Antonio Banuelos, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC586344. The jury voted 10-2 on liability in favor of the plaintiff.


Arias, Sanguinetti, Wang & Torrijos, LLP has the resources necessary to confront the most complex legal challenges of catastrophic personal injury, employment and class action litigation. The firm does not take on any case unless it is prepared to take it to trial. Knowing that the firm will take such cases to trial is often the most effective way to obtain fair compensation and to ensure that the wrongful conduct of the defendant does not continue. The firm has handled hundreds of class action, personal injury and employment cases across the country, representing thousands of plaintiffs and recovering hundreds of millions in damages. In fact, ASWT is one of the few law firms that has actually tried numerous class action cases – in addition to its other trial work. Taking such cases to trial is not a common occurrence with most class action attorneys.