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Robert J. Ounjian

Trial Lawyer

Robert J. Ounjian, Esq. obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law School in 2000. His practice has focused on general liability and medical malpractice litigation with an emphasis in birth injuries. In July 2009, he joined Carpenter & Zuckerman, LLP as an associate. In February 2013, he was promoted to partner.

Since joining CZ Law, Robert has handled a number of jury trials and arbitrations. He also second-chaired a medical malpractice birth injury case resulting in a $74.525 million verdict. Over the past 11 years at CZ Law, Robert has resolved approximately 550 cases involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, elder abuse and product liability. He has recovered more than $350 million in justice for injured plaintiffs.

Robert has been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2012 to 2015, as well as on the Super Lawyers list from 2016 to 2022. Robert also serves on the Board of Directors at Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC), a nonprofit organization with a focus on aiding the lives of those in need in the community. In 2015, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) elected Robert to its prestigious “Board of Governors.”

MOST RECENT WINS INCLUDE:

  • $45,000,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle collision primarily involving a 4-year-old female. Injuries included a traumatic brain injury and facial nerve paralysis.
  • $12,350,000 confidential settlement as a result of dependent adult abuse and elder abuse.
  • $8,250,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motorcycle v. motor vehicle collision resulting in thoracic spine surgery and mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $8,000,000 wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability auto v. auto accident involving a 54-year-old man. Heirs included a wife and two adult daughters.
  • $7,000,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle accident resulting in significant total body burn injuries.
  • $6,000,000 wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. auto accident involving a 73-year-old retired woman. Heirs included a husband and two adult children.
  • $5,500,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle v. truck collision resulting in thoracic spine surgery and mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $5,250,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. auto accident involving an 8-year-old male. Primary injury was a traumatic brain injury.
  • $4,200,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $4,150,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $4,000,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $4,000,000 settlement as a result of a motorcycle v. automobile accident involving a young adult who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and orthopedic knee injuries.
  • $4,000,000 settlement (confidential open policy) involving a motor vehicle accident resulting in cervical spine fusion and mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $3,435,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $3,000,000 settlement as a result of a pedestrian v. automobile accident involving a minor crossing the street. Minor suffered a minor traumatic brain injury.
  • $3,000,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability minor pedestrian v. automobile accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $2,750,000 confidential settlement involving a public school’s failure to supervise their students, resulting in a traumatic brain injury to an 8th-grade student.
  • $2,551,725 verdict in Van Nuys involving a trip and fall premises liability incident resulting in a lumbar discectomy and cervical fusion.
  • $2,350,000 settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in mild traumatic brain injury and trigeminal neuralgia.
  • $2,250,000 settlement as a result of a dangerous condition of a roadway, resulting in two lumbar surgeries and mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $2,025,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by the negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia during hospitalization.
  • $2,000,000 settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a single-level lumbar fusion.
  • $2,000,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement as a result of negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat respiratory distress following a surgical complication.
  • $2,000,000 wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability bicyclist v. auto accident involving a 67-year-old retired man. Heirs included two adult sons.
  • $2,000,000 wrongful death settlement as a result of a motorcycle accident. Heirs included two adult parents.
  • $2,000,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motorcycles v. vehicle accident resulting in a microdiscectomy surgery. Client did not have automobile insurance.
  • $2,000,000 medical malpractice settlement involving a shoulder dystocia resulting in a brachial plexus injury (Erb’s Palsy).
  • $1,930,000 settlement as a result of a dangerous condition of a roadway resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,925,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence for failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia, which led to placental abruption and caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $1,875,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $1,750,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability minor pedestrian v. automobile accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,750,000 settlement as a result of a dangerous condition of a roadway resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,725,000 wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability bicyclist v. auto accident involving a 12-year-old female.
  • $1,700,000 confidential settlement involving injuries caused by a dog bite.
  • $1,645,000 verdict in Santa Monica involving a slip and fall premises liability incident at a supermarket resulting in lumbar and cervical epidural injections and a lumbar discectomy.
  • $1,500,000 wrongful death settlement for a disputed liability motor vehicle v. truck collision.
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered genital injuries that caused post-traumatic stress disorder and required invasive surgery.
  • $1,500,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by a failure to diagnose and treat trigeminal neuralgia.
  • $1,500,000 settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a lumbar microdiscectomy.
  • $1,500,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motorcycle v. van accident involving a micro-discectomy surgery. The client did not have automobile insurance.
  • $1,375,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle accident resulting in two lumbar spine surgeries.
  • $1,325,000 settlement as a result of medical negligence involving the negligent failure to manage the patient’s history of pulmonary embolism, which led to death following a routine surgical procedure.
  • $1,250,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. motor vehicle accident. The decedent was 79 years old and had two adult children.
  • $1,195,000 settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a cervical spine surgery.
  • $1,140,000 settlement involving a construction worker who fell off a scaffold and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,100,000 policy limit settlement involving a single-vehicle collision where our client was a passenger, resulting in a minor traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,010,000 settlement involving a motor vehicle v. bus collision where our client was a passenger, resulting in a minor traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,000,000 settlement involving a premises liability slip and fall incident resulting in a cervical fusion.
  • $1,000,000 settlement in a motor vehicle collision through client’s underinsured motorist policy. The primary injury was cervical and lumbar disc herniation requiring surgery.
  • $1,000,000 arbitration award (policy limit) in an uninsured motorist claim involving a rear-end collision. The claimant’s vehicle sustained $4,500 in property damage. Their medical specials totaled $190,000. The claimant sustained injuries to his neck and right shoulder requiring surgeries to both.
  • $1,000,000 policy limits settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a lumbar microdiscectomy.
  • $1,000,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement as a result of a failure to timely diagnose and treat a hospital-acquired infection following delivery.
  • $1,000,000 confidential policy limit settlement as a result of the healthcare provider's failure to refer and treat the decedent’s issues of suicidal ideation, which led to the decedent committing suicide.
  • $1,000,000 policy limit settlement involving a 53-year-old woman who was attending a festival and was knocked to the ground by a tram. The plaintiff sustained a right occipital skull fracture and headaches. She was hospitalized for two days and thereafter treated by a psychologist for her post-traumatic stress. Medical expenses totaled $35,000.
  • $1,000,000 policy limit settlement involving a rear-end motor vehicle accident. The primary injury was neck pain and limitation with range of motion. Treatment included cervical epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation procedures.
  • $1,000,000 confidential settlement as a result of medical negligence involving a birth injury.
  • $1,000,000 settlement as a result of a fall from a second-floor apartment complex resulting in orthopedic injuries.
  • $900,000 confidential policy limits settlement involving a lumbar microdiscectomy and ankle fracture surgery.
  • $800,000 settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a cervical spine surgery.
  • $750,000 policy limit wrongful death settlement involving a 60-year-old retired man who was involved in a motorcycle accident resulting in three broken ribs. The decedent was hospitalized for one night for observation. Three days post-discharge, the decedent died of a pulmonary embolism. The coroner reported the motorcycle accident was not the cause of death. Medical expenses totaled $5,000.
  • $750,000 settlement involving a motorcycle accident resulting in severe orthopedic injuries. The defendant’s insurance limits were only $300,000. The settlement obtained included a $450,000 payment by the defendant personally, which was one-half times his insurance policy limits.
  • $650,000 settlement as a result of a pedestrian v. auto accident involving a 56-year-old male. Primary injury was a neurogenic bladder due to spinal trauma.  Medical expenses totaled $76,199.
  • $650,000 settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. motor vehicle accident. The decedent was 77 years old and had one adult child.
  • $500,000 settlement as a result of medical malpractice involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat prostate cancer.
  • $492,500 verdict in Van Nuys involving a motor vehicle collision resulting in cervical spine surgery. Top offer was $75,000.
  • $454,500 verdict in Santa Monica involving a disputed-liability motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff sustained a femur fracture and underwent a surgical procedure involving rod fixation. Top offer was $25,000.
  • $344,082 verdict, inclusive of interest and costs, involving a motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back and was initially treated conservatively. Two years after the accident, he received two lumbar epidural injections. Medical expenses totaled $42,976.

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