On February 21, 2019, the personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP won a $3 million jury verdict for a client in Dallas County, Texas.
Our client claimed he sustained a foot injury at the Defendants’ convenience store. Our client alleged the Defendants lowered a hydraulic car jack on his foot. Three of our client’s toes were ultimately amputated.
The Defendants denied the Incident ever occurred. The Defendants claimed our client’s toes were amputated because of a severe diabetic condition.
The Defendants refused to offer a penny to settle the case.
The Defendants’ claim was that our client did visit the Defendants’ store, but the Incident never occurred. At trial, the Defendants lined up multiple witnesses to support this theory. As M&S vigorously cross-examined these witnesses, however, the Defendants’ story began to change.
When confronted with medical records reflecting our client sustained a foot crush injury, the witnesses at first claimed the doctors were mistaken. Then, the Defendants appeared to claim our client must have been involved in some other crush incident after leaving the Defendants’ facility. By the end of the trial, the Defendants were asserting that even if the Incident occurred, our client was at fault, because he failed to heed warning signs alleged to exist on the premises.
The jury did not buy the Defendants’ story. The jury found the Defendants were 100 percent responsible. The jury found our client was zero percent responsible.
The jury awarded $816,311.70 in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages. The judgment is expected to exceed $3 million with interest.
The case is No. DC-16-03369; Willie Clay v. Shako Mako, Inc. dba 313 Shop; Nahla LLC; In the 101st Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas.
If you have suffered a severe crush or amputation injury, the personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP would be privileged to discuss your potential case with you.