Charles Naylor is a highly experienced attorney who has practiced admiralty and maritime law in the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Long Beach harbor areas since 1974. In this interview, he discusses his work in the case of Mraz v. DaimlerChrysler, which resulted in a $55 million verdict. On April 13, 2004, Mr. Mraz suffered fatal head injuries when the 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup truck he had been driving at his work site, the San Pedro/Long Beach Maritime Terminal, ran him over after he exited the vehicle believing it was in park. The jury found that a defect in the Dodge Dakota’s automatic transmission, called a park-to-reverse defect, played a substantial factor in Mr. Mraz’s death, and that DaimlerChrysler was negligent in the design of the vehicle, for failing to warn of the defect, and then for failing to adequately recall or retrofit the vehicle.
Naylor also specializes in the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act, cruise ship passenger cases, as well as maritime law, admiralty law and maritime personal injury.