Junior Seau Estate Facing Jury Trial in $256,000 Personal-Injury Case

Murray “Moose” Lea files 88 pages of evidence that Charger great’s car left him hobbled.

Murray “Moose” Lea, the homeless surfboard-maker who sued Junior Seau before the NFL great’s suicide, will be in a downtown San Diego court next week arguing he should get $256,000 from the player’s estate.

A hearing in the case took place Friday morning before Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego Superior Court, but a civil jury trial has been delayed until Tuesday, said Karen Dalton, a court spokeswoman.

“The case is ready for trial,” Dalton said via email. “The parties [were] directed to meet and confer [Friday] morning regarding witnesses.”

Three weeks ago, Lea said a settlement offer had been offered. Court documents don’t say the status of that offer.

Lea (pronounced LEE) contends that when Seau drove off a Carlsbad cliff in October 2010, the Cadillac Escalade nearly hit him, forcing Lea to leap back and suffer a series of injuries.

Among other things, Lea is asking for $60,000 in lost wages, $57,500 for pain and suffering, $11,500 for medications and $5,000 for relocating since “I have people threatening my life now,” he wrote the judge Aug. 7.

He fired his original lawyer, Scott Savary, and told Curiel in email: “Mr. Savary did nothing to help me at all, and now no lawyer in San Diego will take my case. Junior Seau is one of the most famous pro sports figures in the history of San Diego.”

Lea said he called more than 15 lawyers and “no one will help me out.”

He told Curiel: “I am confident that you will figure this mess out. Like I said when I [met] you: ‘You are the smartest man in that courtroom.’”

On July 10, Lea took part in a two-hour mediation session with Darin Boles representing the Seau estate. But the meeting led by independent mediator Joseph Barr Jr. led to “nonagreement,” according to court records.

On Aug. 22, Lea filed 88 pages of evidence for his injury claims, including police reports on the 2010 cliff plunge.

Carlsbad Police Lt.  Kelly Cain, in an “investigative narrative” said Lea contacted him July 13.

“I spoke to Lea on the phone and he advised that he had spoken to me on the date of the collision, at the scene, although I did not recall the context of the conversation,” Cain wrote.

Lea had argued that he had jumped out of the way of the Seau SUV but Cain said Lea said he “did not seek medical attention from the responding medics and that four hours later he felt a burning sensation in his left groin and hip flexor muscle.”

Lea included an Oct. 18, 2010, report by Carlsbad police Officer Jim Marstell on the Seau incident that told of how Seau had reported being in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend that led to his arrest.

Marstell wrote that Seau said he had had “a few beers” the day before but nothing since being bailed out of jail at 3:30 a.m. Seau said he taken no medications either.

“I asked [Seau] if he wanted to hurt himself in any way,” Marstell wrote. “[Seau] said he did not want to hurt himself”—despite what witnesses at the scene said was a suicide attempt. “I was unable to substantiate these statements.”

Seau told Marstell that he was very tired “and remembers feeling a sharp ‘bump’ while driving and then going down the embankment. [Seau] remembered the air bag in his vehicle deploying and the bag pushing him into his seat.”

The former Chargers defensive back suffered a contusion above his right eye, abrasions to his left cheek and lacerated fingers on his right hand, Marstell wrote.

“[Seau] also complained of pain to his neck, back and legs,” the report said.

On Jan. 4, 2011, Jarrett Rustich of Farmers Insurance Exchange wrote Lea:

Since our investigation to date has led us to conclude the injuries you have claimed cannot be objectively sustained, we will be contesting them on our insured’s behalf and denying your bodily injury claim.

In his Aug. 22 filing, Lea provides what he calls evidence of many doctor and chiropractor visits.  He also indicated he is suing for depression.

Lea’s civil trial, in Curiel’s court, is set to begin at 9 a.m Tuesday.

Deena While September 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
A jury trial? DaMoose ain't got a chance....
Rat Masterson September 01, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I know all kinds of Bull, but I do not know the Lonely Bull. This Moose is scum.
John Galt September 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Lea is a looser. Gets his legal advice from the radio. Lies. Lives in his van. Lies. Lea should just kill himself and put everyone else out of misery. What a clown and a liar.
frogy September 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
He needs to crawl back under his rock, what a slime!
Libi Uremovic September 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
'..nearly hit him, forcing Lea to leap back .....no lawyer will take my case. Junior Seau is famous ..." he can't find one lawyer slimy enough to take his case....that's pretty unbelievable, but i'm guessing it's because he's being too greedy and annoying... $1/4 mil payoff for a 'near-miss'....would that set precedence...??
Libi Uremovic September 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
"... $60,000 in lost wages, $57,500 for pain and suffering, $11,500 for medications and $5,000 for relocating..." that's $134,000....what's the remaining $122,000 for..?
Libi Uremovic September 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
'...four hours later he felt a burning sensation in his left groin and hip flexor muscle.”..." unless lea's a 'working girl' i don't know how a pulled groin muscle would effect job performance...
"Hey You" September 02, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Settlement negotiations often continue even minutes before a jury is selected. My guess is that Farmers will attempt to settle with Moose on Tuesday morning, most likely an offer that includes medical cost, legal fees, and some compensation. Moose in exchange would have to agree to sign a general waiver of liability. If he refuses, the jury selection begins. My best estimate is the Farmers offers about 32K. So if Moose has $11,500 in medical bills and $2500 in legal fees, he would clear $18,000. The waiver would prevent Moose from seeking additional damages if his injuries resurface.
Albert Einstein September 02, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Amazing how Da moosehead can now go out wakeboardin but "been injured for 22 months." Wtf! What a fraud. He desrves nada
julie September 03, 2012 at 05:01 AM
You can do it without a lawyer Moose. Just tell the truth of what happened and how they insulted you at one time with a $1,000 settlement offer that didn't even cover your medical bills. Seau should have done the right thing long ago instead of putting you off like this. It is disgraceful. I hope you win enough to put your life back together after suffering so much as a result of this. I've seen Moose cry out in pain trying to stretch and move his leg. He has been in bad shape ever since this accident. Even in winter he has to lay on ice and everything ever day.
Libi Uremovic September 04, 2012 at 01:37 AM
"...Libi, are you an insurance guy?...'' no, i'm an accountant girl "...Your photo looks stock...'' maybe you can sue me for 'looking stock'.....you have about as much pain and suffering looking at my photo as your friend received from being in the same vicinity as someone driving their car off a cliff.... "...the prostitution comment was uncalled for and reeks of misogyny. ..." it's called a joke ..... misogyny is a dramatic word, but it doesn't apply to the conversation.....much like a car going off a cliff doesn't cause pain and suffering to a bystander... ''...I hope he sues you for libel next...." he would if he thought he could get a dollar.....and so would you... ...your theory is that the man was in perfect physical condition and living a prosperous life until that moment in time.....not likely.... jumping out of the way from a rich guy going off a cliff would have the same physical damage as jumping out of the way from a poor man running a stop light... your friend went for the ' i'm the victim' money angle instead of going for the 'i tried to save his life' angle...which would have been much more profitable... ...that would have gotten him on talk shows and a book deal....and the fact that the guy killed himself later.....he could be milking it for millions right now.... ...but he took the 'sue them' route...poor choice...
Libi Uremovic September 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
"... Anyone talking crap needs to be on notice that they need to watch it with all the libelous statements. ...'' to sue for liable the prosecution has to prove: 1. that the statement is false. ...just because you don't like what someone says doesn't mean it isn't true and doesn't mean they can't state their opinion 2. the statement caused measurable damage...was his reputation damaged by my statement? does he has proof that he's lost business revenue because of my statement? cali court rooms are backlogged 3 years because of this 'sue 'em' mentality...... people like lea and julie get the thought in their heads that they're going win a lawsuit and it becomes like an addiction...
julie September 04, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Libi, The medical documents will prove how you are spewing FALSE lies, that he "had a pulled muscle". WHY did you say that with no proof? Why the hell would you start diagnosing the severity of his condition? You have some serious character flaws if you can do this. You are only embarrassing yourself and showing your true character. You are potentially tainting a jury, and any and all potential future employers, with your LIES. I understand how LIBEL works VERY WELL. HA! No one is going to have a person on a TV show because they had an accident from someone's bad driving. It doesn't work like that. AND FURTHERMORE, Moose and Jr. were FRIENDS, for years so get off the whole making money crap on the talk shows. Now that Moose is injured, his business advertising appears to mostly online, and you are spewing crap in an OPEN ONLINE forum. Enough proof you are libeling him.
Libi Uremovic September 04, 2012 at 04:45 AM
'...No one is going to have a person on a TV show because they had an accident from someone's bad driving....' no one is going to award a person money because they had an accident from someone's bad driving... you want a free lawyer and a jury trial for a pulled groin.......you've lost all rational thought...
Libi Uremovic September 04, 2012 at 05:21 AM
you might want to re-read my comments...i didn't slander him at all... ..but you are being very slanderous towards me, aren't you?
julie September 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Libi Uremovic 9:45 pm on Monday, September 3, 2012 "no one is going to award a person money because they had an accident from someone's bad driving... " ME :YOU'VE LOST ALL CREDIBILITY WITH THIS IDIOCT LEGAL ANALYSIS. PEOPLE RECOVER LOSSES ALL THE TIME FROM ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS. you want a free lawyer and a jury trial for a pulled groin.......you've lost all rational thought... " ME< YOU HAVE HAVE A COMPREHENSION PROBLEM. LAWYERS ARE NOT "FREE". THEY MIGHT BILL LATER OR WORK ON A CONTINGENCY, BUT NO ONE HAS EVERY SAID "FREE" OR "PRO BONO" IN REGARD TO THIS! MOOSE IS IN PRO PER NOW ANYWAY!!!! Libi, you are an utter snotty half-wit. VERY STUPID!!!
Libi Uremovic September 04, 2012 at 01:01 PM
your approach with me is the same rational you and your friend used on lawyers...you don't get what you want and you go off on them....screaming that you're going to 'sue them' and 'ruin them'... ...and then you can't figure out why no one wants to bother with you... if you pay in advance you'll get a lawyer regardless of the claim.... but you don't want to pay in advance.....you want reward, but thru no effort of your own.... there's no reason why he can't pay in advance for legal services...go get a job stocking shelves on the graveyard shift at walmart...you'll make a couple grand a month to 'invest' in your legal fees... yes...your own investment from your own effort....welcome to america...
Bob A O'Reilly September 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Moose's lawsuit (or attempt to settle) seems frivolous, in my opinion. I've pulled groin muscles several times in sports (it is a common injury). It was an easy heal versus other injuries. It just seems Moose is chasing down money from a high profile person rather than being a good samaritan. I remember a friend once gave CPR to a millionaire/business owner in a shopping mall and saved his life. He was never recognized from anyone for this. It's all about doing the right thing (and karma goes a long way)........
Kevin George September 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Time to catch up julie. http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/homeless-surfboard-maker-begins-seau-estate-trial-with-handicaps#comments
julie September 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Kevin, you just sent me to a link outline a procedural event. DUH. This is a given. WHAT are you saying you know that I don't? I need to "catch up" on WHAT? WHAT is your point? In that documentation shows the police reports, the medical history and so forth. Kevin, are you claiming you know that is in that documentation? IS that what you are doing? You are not clear and not very cohesive. WHAT is the issue you have with the evidence that you send a link about? This makes no sense. Do you have comprehension problems?
Kevin George September 04, 2012 at 11:34 PM
What is a " given" about the judge barring Mooch from entering any of his medical records? Did you know that already? "Patiently explaining rules of evidence, a Superior Court judge Tuesday barred homeless surfboard-maker Murray “Moose” Lea from entering medical records and insurance information into his $256,000 personal-injury trial against the estate of Junior Seau. That's Tuesday ...as in today....... this morning. Just as the title states it may be a " handicap " for Mooch to prove his injuries without any medical records or witnesses, don't you think counselor? If I had comprehension problems I would have sent this twice.
Kevin George September 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Hey there Dr. Comprehension: " Superior Court, but a civil jury trial has been delayed until Tuesday." From article directly above. That's today ...Tuesday....as in this morning. You do know how they select a jury right? If Mooch hadn't screwed everything up the trial would have commenced, a jury would have been selected from the jury pool and Mooch would have been slam dunked by now.
julie September 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
You're an idiot. You have no clue how the legal process works. I think he should have the judge hear it instead of a jury. You're LAUGHABLE!! You have no clue how long a case like this lasts, it could be YEARS more and you are trying to critique a day of it. Go back to your mommy's basement, you've proven you're an idiot. You think in the one day of the court seeing evidence means that the jury and trial could have taken place? NOT A CHANCE. There is a lot more to this process, besides he is IN PRO PER and cannot work! It makes locating people and serving them harder! He needs more time, clearly. Especially since it has been A DAY since the judge advised him of this! You are so stupid Kevin George, let everyone see what you write!
Libi Uremovic September 05, 2012 at 02:36 AM
everyone can see and me and kevin...state your full name and picture julie so we can see who's running their mouth... me, you kevin, and bull are all the same age, but only two (2) of us are not fried......can you guess what 2 it is julie? hint: it's the two that have active bank accounts and groins... ...i know....you're gonna sue me .....it's still funny.....it's even funnier kmowing that you're going to sue me...
julie September 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Libi, Stop with your crap. It is here in black and white how you insist you know about the severity of someone's injuries and how you don't even know what slander is. The truth is all right here and I've made a screen shot in case you delete your idiocy and libelous statements.
Daniel Woolfolk September 05, 2012 at 03:29 AM
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Duke September 05, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Julie, have you ever stopped to consider that you have some real anger issue's going on? You need to get help!
"Da Moose" September 07, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Now that the Gag order is lifted ,I'll tell what happened If I had no case why did it take 6 people to gang up on me ,If I had no case ,with no witness and no evidence ,after I testified ,I saw Ranya and 2 people that were there the whole trail in the seating area allway satirizing ,IF I HAD NO CASE. LOOK FOR THE APPEAL WITH MY BRO'S DAD AS MY ATTORNEY FROM THE O.C. ONE OF THE BEST P.I. ATTORNEYS IN THE O.C. HE'S 80 AND AND MY BRO TOLD ME HE'S GOING TO HELP ME .EVERYONE IN THE JURY KNEW WHO JUNIOR WAS AND HOW HE DIED.HOW COULD I GET A FAIR TRAIL IN S.D. ???
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