On Sept. 11, 2010, Tanya Thienngern, 42, a teacher who had come to San
Francisco to attend a festival, went out to the Supper Club, a night club
in the SOMA area of San Francisco. Tanya and her friends spent the night
dancing until the club closed. When Tanya and her friends exited the Supper
Club, they lingered outside for 10 to 20 minutes, mingling and talking
to people. Tanya began to walk across the street to speak to a few people
on the other side when she was struck by a speeding Yellow Cab taxi cab.
Tanya was hit by the right side of the cab and rolled up onto the hood,
hitting the windshield and smashing it. She was thrown into the air, landing
approximately 20 feet in front of where the cab stopped. She suffered
multiple-system trauma with injuries to her left shoulder, left leg, pelvis,
face, and head, and further suffered cardiac arrest at the emergency room.
The collision left Tanya permanently disabled and unable to care for herself.
With the help of her attorneys at Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge, along
with their co-counsel at the Biegel Law Firm in Monterey, Tanya brought
suit against the taxi driver as well as Yellow Cab Cooperative, Inc.,
the owner and operative of the taxi cab. She alleged that the driver was
negligent in the operation of the cab, and further alleged that Yellow
Cab and Taxi Equipment were vicariously liable for his actions.
Tanya's attorneys vigorously pushed her case towards trial all the
while representing her interests and ensuring that she was cared for by
the best experts in their fields. Through their hard work and skillful
litigation, they were able to reach a $2 million settlement for Tanya
as the trial approached. With the help of her attorneys this settlement
has been put into a special needs trust to ensure that Tanya receives
adequate care for the rest of her life.