Ben-Cohen Lawyers, PLC
Pejman Ben-Cohen prides himself in representing individuals in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, employment, insurance bad faith, and business litigation matters. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named to the Super Lawyer Rising Stars list in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Pejman was also named a ÏTop Attorney in CaliforniaÓ in 2010 by Newsweek Magazine’s Showcase. In the past five years, he has recovered millions in settlements, verdicts, and judgments for his clients. He develops a unique and aggressive approach to every case, focusing on incorporating creativity and the latest technology. He received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of Southern California.
Pejman is the current President of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities a non-profit organization founded, funded and maintained by attorneys within the Los Angeles community. Its members are committed to making a positive difference in the quality of life for people in need with the primary focus on education, children and the homeless.
On June 1, 2007, after a one week trial, Pejman obtained a $103,331.00 verdict in a vehicle v. bicycle case. On February 4, 2006, Plaintiff was riding her bicycle eastbound on the Southside of Santa Monica Blvd. when Defendant A opened his car door causing Plaintiff to fall off her bike and hit the ground. Defendant B, who was driving in the same direction, ran over Plaintiff’s left arm. As a result, Plaintiff suffered a displaced left distal ulna fracture with damage to her joint. Her total medical specials were $50,831.00. Defendants pretrial offer was $25,000.00.
On January 1, 2008, Pejman obtained a $2,000,000.00 settlement for a 66 year old nurse. On September 29, 2005, Plaintiff was driving eastbound in the number two lane on Victory Blvd. in Los Angeles. As she was driving, a City of Los Angeles trash truck was picking up trash in her lane and went into reverse causing this devastating crash. We alleged that the defendant driver was illegally parked in the lane and negligently backed up. The Defendants argued that Plaintiff had just gotten off work, wasn’t paying attention to the road ahead of her and was speeding. We hired an accident reconstructionist expert, who analyzed the accident scene, damage to both vehicles, looked at the debris pattern and concluded that the Defendant driver was traveling in reverse at the time of the accident.
On March 13, 2008, Pejman obtained a $525,000.00 settlement for Plaintiff, a CA Dept. of Transportation employee, who was rear ended by a tractor trailor on the Interstate 15 in Barstow. We claimed the Defendant was traveling at an unsafe speed for conditions, and was following Plaintiff too closely. At trial, we intended to ask for a special jury instruction because the Defendant was a commercial vehicle driver, and as a result, was required to use extreme caution and to reduce his speed when hazardous conditions exist. As a result of the crash, Plaintiff sustained Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, shoulder impingement and cervical disc injuries. Her total medical bills were $98,000.00.
In September 2010, after a two week trial, Pejman obtained a $900,000.00 verdict/settlement against the Hershey Family Trust on behalf of the plaintiff for a slip and fall accident that occurred on April 13, 2006. He slipped and fell on a staircase outside of his apartment building that was dangerous due to its slippery and wet condition. After conducting an extensive amount of discovery, it was learned that the defendants used inappropriate paint, were aware of its dangerous condition and did nothing about it. On the eve of trial, defendants admitted liability but disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. As a result of the fall, he had a 10mm disc herniation at the L5-S1. Plaintiff did not have surgery at the time of trial. The defense argued his injuries were pre-existing due to the 4 1/2 years he was treating for his low back before the accident. At trial, the defense showed surveillance of the plaintiff going about his everyday activities, including carrying groceries and working. The defense pre-trial offer was $50,000.00.