TESTIMONIALS

“I don’t think I can truly express how happy I am with having Skip on my side through the initial craziness after a car accident. I was informed of all the details every step of the way, and if I had any questions they were answered within a timely manner. I pray I never have to go through this again, but if I did, I know who I would call.”

— SAMANTHA C.

“Skip Babbitt took my motorcycle injury case and helped me and my wife at a very difficult time. He is a thorough professional! He kept me informed and involved through this awful process of dealing with the insurance company. Skip is a straight shooter and will not promise anything he can’t deliver. If you are ever injured and need help & advice call Skip Babbitt.”

— VAN VALAILE.

“If you need a lawyer, USE Mr. Babbitt!!! Mercury Insurance gave me the run around after their client rear-ended me and admitted fault. After hiring Mr. Babbitt, Mercury had my car fixed and offered me $500. Two months before trial, Mercury offered $5k to settle (My medical bills were over $6k!) Total awarded at trial was over $22k. Mr. Babbitt personally kept me up to date on everything, is professional, ethical, and well respected – he had over 20 colleagues attend our expedited trial. I highly recommend Mr. Babbitt.”

— CAROLINE LAYTON.

“Mr. Babbitt took a case for my family that was very complex and large. He expertly navigated it through the system and fought for us in ways I didn’t know a lawyer could. My biggest impression was that he was not afraid to take our case to court. Many lawyers try to settle cases out of court and the client usually is the one who suffers because of this strategy. Mr. Babbitt’s willingness and readiness to fight for us in court made the difference. He is known as one of the best courtroom lawyers in San Diego – a reputation that works for his clients! Thank you, Mr. Babbitt!”

— DAN HALL.

“I was in an auto accident in March of 2016 that was 100% the fault of the other driver. I had minor injuries but annoying pain that will be with me for the rest of my life. Tired of being jerked around by the other insurance company for over a year, I made a few calls to see what my options were. 2 lawyers would not take my case due to a gap in medical care because of work travel. They predicted the case would go to trial and they were not trial lawyers. One of them referred me to Mr. Babbitt and he took my case. Luckily we settled months before trial and my settlement (in my pocket) was well over 4x the last offer I received from the other insurance company. My only wish was that I would have called much sooner! Thanks, Skip! He was awesome and I’d definitely hire him again (though I hope I never have to!)”

— JANET D.

“Best lawyer in San Diego. He went above and beyond to settle my case. Thank you, Mr. Babbitt!”

— JARED.

“I was in a rear-end accident where the driver was 100% at fault. I had neck injuries that still persist today, several years later. I wasn’t able to settle with the insurance company due to ongoing medical treatment.

Fortunately, my husband found Skip Babbitt through his website, and because of his reviews (5.0 out of 5.0), we contacted him. Skip took my case and we were able to settle before going to trial although Skip was prepared to do so.

Along the way, Skip (and Stormy) kept me informed about the process and the next steps. Great people who will see that you get justice and truly cares about you.

It’s been about 4 years since that case was settled and I was involved in another rear-end accident this year (100 % fault from the driver) which was a much minor accident compared to the first one. The insurance company sent me settlement paperwork and again I reached out to Skip (via Stormy) for advice since the paperwork contained a lot of legal terms that I didn’t understand.

Not only did Stormy respond to my request within hours, but she also arranged a phone consultation with Skip. He assured me that the settlement contract was OK. I don’t know anyone else who would go out of their way to respond to my request with no compensation for himself and within the same day of my request!

Skip and Stormy are caring, trustworthy, and professional. I highly recommend his practice if you’re in need of a lawyer.”

— PAULA DENLICK.

NOTEABLE CASES

Loney v. Hum

  • Settlement: $450,000

San Diego County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Gonzalo Curiel
Date: August 24, 2012

This is a bicycle versus vehicle collision where Defendant’s vehicle crossed into the bike lane and forced Plaintiff into the curb, ejecting him from his bicycle.

Defendant denied liability claiming Plaintiff came out of the bike lane and struck her.

Injuries: Fractured collarbone; fractured hip (no treatment); dislocated shoulder (no treatment); lumbar disk herniation (no surgery). Three-day hospital stay.

Medical bills: $60,000
Loss of Earnings: $2,000
Plaintiff’s Demand: $450,000
Liberty Mutual/Defendant Offer at Trial: $200,000

Sudul V. AT Systems

  • Settlement: $850,000

San Diego Superior Court

19-year old John Sudul was leaving his job as a box boy at the Stater Bros. Market in Ramona, California. While traveling on Highway 67, an armored truck owned and operated by AT Systems made an unlawful entry onto the highway, colliding with Plaintiff Sudul’s vehicle, causing it to roll over three times and ejecting plaintiff. Plaintiff sustained a fractured clavicle, two broken ribs, multiple lacerations to his back and side, and mild brain damage.

The defense was able to establish that plaintiff was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision as grounds for comparative negligence. Medical specials were approximately $300,000. Attorney Babbitt was able to settle the case two months before trial for the amount of $850,000.

Del Ponte v. Farmers Insurance

  • Jury Verdict: $500,000

Case Type: Wrongful Death

Claimants Edward DelPonte and Martha Marrokal were the parents of 20-year old Sarah Del Ponte. Sarah Del Ponte was killed in a single vehicle auto collision with a telephone pole. Sarah was a passenger. The defendant driver who walked away from the scene was a twice-convicted felon driving a stolen vehicle under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine. There were allegations that the defendant driver had killed Sarah Del Ponte prior to the accident and staged the accident in order to cover up a murder.

Following successful negotiations with Farmers Insurance Company, Attorney Babbitt was able to persuade Farmers Insurance Company to pay the $500,000 UM policy limits.

Mack V. Kurelko/RB Brown trucking co.
  • Settlement: $1,229,000

San Joaquin County Superior Court, Stockton, California
Trial Date: Sept. 2, 2006

Plaintiff Donald Mack, a 38-year old truck driver for USF Reddaway, Inc., was sitting in his cab at a truck stop fuel bay in Lodi, California. Another trucker, the defendant, was involved in an altercation in the truck stop restaurant, spilling out into the parking lot. The defendant attempted to flee the scene of this altercation by exiting the truck stop entrance. He swerved at the last moment and struck the rear trailer of Plaintiff’s rig, knocking him from the driver’s seat onto his head on the passenger floorboard. Defendant trucker then fled the scene of the incident.

Plaintiff Mack sustained two herniated disks in his lumbar spine, requiring laminectomy/discectomy surgery.

The jury was out 90 minutes after three-week trial.

Attorney Edward Babbitt was awarded Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award in 2007 for prosecuting this case.

Pretrial Offer: $25,000
Pretrial Demand: $500,000

Godwin v. Dameron

  • Jury Verdict: $929,103
    (Total with costs & interest $1,035.682)

San Diego County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Timothy B. Taylor
Date: March 14, 2013

Plaintiff is a motorcycle rider who split lanes at an intersection with a red light. When the light turned green, he accelerated rapidly. Defendant was in incoming traffic and thought she had a green left-turn arrow. Plaintiff’s motorcycle and Defendant’s SUV collided. Defendant denied liability until two minutes before opening statement.

Injuries: ACL rupture/iliotibial ligament tear/collateral ligament tear/comminuted fracture of right hand with hardware.

Medicals: $130,000
Loss of earnings: $12,000
Plaintiff’s demand: $350,000
State Farm Offer at trial: $200,000

Mr. Babbitt received this case from another attorney one month before trial.
Mr. Babbitt received a CASD Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for this case in 2013.

Center v. Edco

  • Verdict: $430,994

San Diego County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Gonzalo Curiel
Date: August 24, 2012

This is a bicycle versus vehicle collision where Defendant’s vehicle crossed into the bike lane and forced Plaintiff into the curb, ejecting him from his bicycle.

Defendant denied liability claiming Plaintiff came out of the bike lane and struck her.

Injuries: Fractured collarbone; fractured hip (no treatment); dislocated shoulder (no treatment); lumbar disk herniation (no surgery). Three-day hospital stay.

Medical bills: $60,000
Loss of Earnings: $2,000
Plaintiff’s Demand: $450,000
Liberty Mutual/Defendant Offer at Trial: $200,000

Rutledge v. Schmidt

  • Verdict: $38,341

San Diego County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. William S. Dato
Date: March 6, 2013

Defendant’s sandal stuck on the accelerator as she exited southbound I-805 at Telegraph Canyon Road. Defendant’s vehicle crossed the divider on the street and impacted Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff sustained straining injuries to her neck.

Three months prior to the collision Plaintiff had obtained a full-time position at a school district after working there part-time for 5 years. One month after the collision, Plaintiff’s employer called her to say that if she could not get a doctor’s note that her condition was 100% resolved, she would have to go back to part-time. Plaintiff told the doctor she was 100% fine in order to keep her full-time status.

Plaintiff and her husband testified at trial that they needed her job in order to pay bills and support the family. Plaintiff testifies she still has daily neck pain and headaches despite telling her doctor she was fine one month after the accident.

Plaintiff’s Demand: $15,499
Farmers’/Defendant’s offer: $7,200

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