Richard Eymann's Case List

Richard Eymann's Case List

As founding partner of the Spokane law firm of Eymann Allison Hunter Jones, P.S., Richard Eymann's trial practice emphasizes personal injury, wrongful death, sexual abuse and assault cases, fire loss, products liability, business torts and medical/hospital negligence.  He is best known for taking difficult cases to trial with little or no offer from defense counsel and achieving surprising verdicts or substantial record settlements.  Here is a sample of those cases:

In May 2006, Mr. Eymann was lead trial counsel in the Hayward v. Valley Vista Care Corporation wrongful death nursing home care case that resulted in an $18 million punitive damages award.  Heider v. BNSF & Perez v. BNSF, $11.5 million settlement with the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company for the wrongful death of a farmer who burned to death in his combine and the property damages claims for surrounding farmers and neighbors who lost crops, fences, machinery, trees and other personal property in the fire that encompassed 27,000 acres in the Ritzville, Washington area.  $7 million was paid on the wrongful death claim.  In addition, BNSF agreed to pay all of the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs on the property damages claims;

Bratton v. Deer Park School Dist., -- a §1983 civil rights case resulting in a $2.1 million jury verdict against a teacher and school district for sexual exploitation of a female student; Gould v. Aerospatiale -- $5.55 million jury verdict for wrongful death of a flight nurse in a helicopter crash; Tyrrell v. Henderson, 80 Wn.App. 592 (1996) -- $3.7 million jury verdict for brain injury in one-car rollover accident; Fitzgerald v. Vincent -- $5.2 million jury verdict in three-week medical negligence trial; Giles v. Davenport School District, $3.85 million jury verdict for Title IX and §1983 civil rights case, against the school district and its principal for sexual exploitation and abuse of a high school girl; In Re 1991 Firestorm class action litigation in which an $11.3 million settlement was reached with two utility defendants; Hill v. Group Health, $3.8 million jury verdict for medical negligence/wrongful death trial against an HMO; Hemmings v. Tidyman’s, Inc., $6.2 million jury verdict for two women in a gender discrimination case against a grocery store chain (affirmed en banc by 9th Circuit);Sewall v. Lincoln County & Western Farm Service, Inc., $2.3 million bench verdict ($900,000 offer) for wrongful death of wife/mother in an automobile accident involving lack of proper signs concerning a detour which caused a head-on collision; Confidential Case, $6.16 million net judgment ($150,000 offer) where plaintiff sued a hospital for nursing negligence.  The nurse failed to follow suicide precautions and the teenage plaintiff went out of a 5th story hospital window, but survived the fall; Geffre v. WSU, $4.1 million combined settlement with the State of Washington and product manufacturer for toxic chemical exposure while plaintiff was a temporary employee at WSU.  Plaintiffs alleged defendant state had actual knowledge that the plaintiff would be injured and that WSU wilfully disregarded that knowledge.