Examples of My Work

At the Law Office of Chuck Geerhart, I work hard to achieve positive outcomes for my clients. I’m proud of the results and will continue to fight for my clients well into the future. I encourage you to browse the featured case results below to get a sense of the quality of my representation.

$9 Million Settlement
Family v. Insurance & Towing Companies
Tow truck company lost control of car, which rolled downhill and killed 34-year-old woman. I represented her 4-year-old daughter and parents in lawsuit against the towing company and the insurance carrier that arranged for the tow.
$5 Million Settlement
John Doe v. White Corp.
Client struck by a commercial vehicle and suffered serious leg injuries.
$4.15 Million Settlement
John - Airline Accident
Airline passenger who had a stroke on an international flight. Airline failed to take proper steps to get medical help or land the plane promptly. John wound up in persistent vegetative state due to prolonged bleeding in brain.
$3.5 Million Settlement
Pedestrian vs. Driver
Defendant driver took an illegal right turn at Golden Gate and Leavenworth streets in San Francisco. He struck my client, then age 11, who was a pedestrian lawfully in the crosswalk. The driver was an employee of a software company. He was charged with a felony, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs (marijuana edibles) and causing injury. The boy was dragged under the vehicle and suffered left-sided facial degloving, which has left significant scarring. The case was settled one month before trial for $3.5 million.
$2.5 Million Jury Verdict
Calla - Personal Injury
Woman who suffered a perforated esophagus from a 1.2" chicken bone in a Round Table Pizza, and underwent 13 surgeries.
$2 Million Settlement
John Doe v. City of Oakland
Client struck by a city truck and suffered serious personal injuries, requiring multiple surgeries.
$1.4 Million Settlement
Rideshare Accident
My client, a 49 year-old man, was walking to his job at SF General Hospital when he was run over by a rideshare vehicle. He suffered a left tibial fracture, left ankle fracture, and a lateral fibula avulsion fracture. He underwent several surgeries and doctors said he needed future surgery.  He lost income from his two jobs. He made a decent recovery from his injuries, but still had significant residual limitations in walking. The case settled for $1.4 million.
$1.25 Million Settlement
Eduard - Motorcycle Accident
Car took left turn in front of client's motorcycle on Portola Drive in SF, causing brain injury. Defense alleged motorcycle was speeding, and client did not remember the crash. We retained an accident reconstruction engineer who proved that my client was not speeding and could not have avoided the accident.
$1 Million Settlement
Denise - Premises Liability
Federal air traffic controller who was injured when poorly maintained elevator stopped abruptly, rupturing discs in her neck and requiring surgery.
$1 Million Settlement
Wilma - Premises Liability
Tenant who suffered severe smoke inhalation and went into a coma because her landlord did not have adequate smoke detectors.
$1 Million Settlement
Kris - Scooter Accident
Woman who suffered degloving injuries to her leg when a truck took a right turn and struck her electric scooter.
$1 Million Settlement
Eliana - Catastrophic Injury
Woman rendered paraplegic in a rollover accident. I established insurance coverage in a policy covering her for being on a church outreach mission at the time.
$960,000 Settlement
Debra - Premises Liability
53-year-old woman who shattered her ankle in fall caused by a defective doorway landing step in her Marin County apartment. She had multiple surgeries.
$950,000 Settlement
Jack - Personal Injury
A victim of childhood sexual abuse by a Southern California priest.
$775,000 Settlement
Michelle - Catastrophic Injury
A 52-year-old woman with terminal cancer who was rendered paraplegic by the failure of a hospital and neurologist to properly take and follow up on a MRI scan of her spine.
$775,000 Settlement
Sara - Pedestrian Accident
Truck struck a young mother pushing her infant in stroller in crosswalk, breaking her pelvis. (Infant was OK thankfully)
$633,000 Settlement
John Doe (confidential) - Pedestrian Accident
Ride-sharing vehicle hit pedestrian, breaking his hip and requiring surgery.
$500,000 Policy Limit Settlement
John Doe (confidential) - Pedestrian Accident
64-year-old pedestrian struck by car in crosswalk in North Beach, suffering a broken tibia requiring surgery
$475,000 Settlement
John Doe (confidential) - Airline Accident
An airline placed a cup of hot soup on the tray table in front of a sleeping 3 year old.  The cup slipped off the tray table, causing serious burns to the child. Chuck Geerhart filed a lawsuit in Federal Court under the Montreal Convention, which governs accidents on international flights. After a year of litigation, the case settled at mediation for $475,000. 
$475,000 Settlement
Ride Sharing Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
A ride sharing vehicle struck an 88-year-old pedestrian, breaking her collarbone and arm (the latter requiring surgery).  After obtaining a detailed report about her prognosis from an expert doctor, Chuck Geerhart obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $475,000.
$450,000 Settlement
Val - Catastrophic Injury
60-year-old man who developed ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) after a head on collision. Defense vigorously disputed medical causation.
$416,000 Settlement
John - Personal Injury
A victim of childhood sexual abuse by a San Francisco priest.
$350,000 Settlement
Brian - Car Accident
A 32-year-old messenger who was badly injured in a freeway accident
$350,000 Settlement
Greg - Personal Injury
Union member injured on the job (movie set) when 3rd-party driver ran over his foot, requiring surgery.
$350,000 Settlement
Doris - Personal Injury
A grandmother whose leg was broken by police allegedly chasing after her grandson.
$322,000 Jury Verdict
Carol - Premises Liability
A 60-year-old woman who suffered a shattered elbow and underwent two surgeries after she fell at a trade show from a motor home with a defectively low handrail. The company raised the handrail to a safe level in direct response to this lawsuit. I tried this case before an Alameda County jury to a successful verdict.
$300,000 Settlement
John Doe (confidential) - Pedestrian Accident
Ride-sharing vehicle hit pedestrian, causing serious knee injury.
$280,000 Settlement
Kam - Car Accident
An 86-year-old passenger in a car rear-ended by another car.
$275,000 Settlement
Carol - Premises Liability
A 40-year-old-woman who fell down an improperly lit stairway and broke her hip, requiring surgery. I proved that the owner lied under oath about receiving prior complaints about lighting.
$265,000 Settlement
Ed - Underinsured Motorist Accident
A 53-year-old pedestrian struck by a motorcycle in a bicycle lane on Valencia Street.
$230,000 Settlement
Wayne - Personal Injury
A 35-year-old truck driver who was arrested and informed the police he was taking antibiotics for a testicle infection. His jailers denied him adequate medical care and antibiotics, and he lost his testicle.
$215,000 Settlement
Auto vs. Pedestrian
A car struck a 92-year-old man, who was still working as a doctor.  He suffered a broken ankle and had surgery.  Unfortunately, the driver only carried $15,000 in liability insurance, which was offered quickly.  Chuck Geerhart then made a claim on the injured man’s Underinsured Motorist coverage and obtained an additional $200,000 in settlement funds.  Chuck worked with the man’s surgeon to generate a letter report predicting a future surgery would be needed.
$180,000 Settlement
John Doe (confidential) - Premises Liability
65-year-old trip and fall on hazardous stairs at Marin apartment complex, suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.
$175,000 Settlement
Raymond - Drunk Driver Accident
A 19-year-old student whose mother was killed by a drunk driver. There was inadequate insurance, and I obtained an additional $75,000 in personal funds from the drunk driver.
$160,000 at First Day of Trial Settlement
Brian - Personal Injury
A 27-year-old warehouseman who injured his neck while pulling a pallet jack with a defective weld that broke.
$150,000 Settlement
Scott - Product Liability
Product liability case: man who suffered severe eye injury when the hook on a new bungee cord separated and the cord snapped into his eye.
$135,000 Settlement
John Doe (confidential) - Personal Injury
A 44-year-old man whose jaw was broken by a store security guard simply because he was panhandling on the sidewalk.
$105,000 Settlement
Marion - Premises Liability
A 58-year-old consultant who tripped and fell on an aging, neglected carpet seam in an office setting.
$100,000 Jury Verdict
John Doe (confidential) - Personal Injury
38-year-old man rear ended on freeway suffered neck and back injuries in San Mateo County
$100,000 Settlement
José - Premises Liability
A 25-year-old deliveryman who fell down a poorly maintained, wet staircase.
$100,000 Jury Verdict
Jean - Personal Injury
A 58-year-old woman who was knocked to the pavement by careless owners' unleashed dogs, resulting in a broken ankle and surgery. I tried this case before a Contra Costa County jury to a successful verdict.
$100,000 Settlement
Jane - Premises Liability
A 64-year-old teacher who tripped and fell on a poorly marked sidewalk excavation project.
$22,000 Jury Verdict
Jane - Personal Injury
A young woman falsely arrested and injured by Safeway security guards. I tried this case to a successful court verdict of $22,000, which was upheld on appeal.