On November 19, 2017, Juan Murillo suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and an eye injury when he was knocked unconscious during an assault and battery that occurred at a commercial office complex in Santa Ana, California. Two of the three people who assaulted Mr. Murillo were subsequently convicted in criminal court of assault with means likely to produce great bodily injury.
When we filed the civil lawsuit, we named as defendants the property owner, the property management company, the owner of the property management company, and the individuals who physically attacked Mr. Murillo. All of them steadfastly denied liability.
In denying liability, the defendants hired a number of “experts” to argue that Mr. Murillo will not have any long-term effects from his concussion and that his eye injury was pre-existing. Essentially, the defendants admitted that Mr. Murillo suffered a concussion during the assault but claimed that he was now fine. The property management company also denied liability by pointing the finger at the two defendants who attacked Mr. Murillo, claiming that they were independent contractors not employees, that their actions were not on behalf of the company, and that the company did not do anything wrong.