August 2012 Newsletter

Supporting Camp Amistad

As a title sponsor of the UMC Health System’s Camp Amistad, our firm is committed to providing a fun and supportive summer camp for children who have received care at the UMC Timothy J Harnar Regional Burn Center. In June several kids got to experience Camp Amistad. The camp is an opportunity for the kids to enjoy fun summer activities and meet other kids who have been patients at the burn center. Please join us as we continue to support Children’s Miracle Network and UMC’s burn center to make a difference for UMC’s burn patients and their families.
To donate to the UMC Burn Center:
http://www.umchealthsystem.com/index.php/burn-give

Midland Jury Awards Over $6 Million for Arm Amputation

On July 26, 2012 a jury in Midland, Texas awarded our 50-year-old client $6,189,074 for arm injuries sustained in an accident.  Our client was a Permian Basin MHMR client working at an occupational program when he lost his left arm below the elbow in a paper baler. The MHMR program was being run in association with Butts Recycling, who was responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment.
Our client testified that he was loading scrap paper into the baler when the compacting machine activated and severed his arm. The evidence showed that the baler should not have functioned with the loading gate open and that employees of Butts Recycling deliberately overrode the safety mechanisms originally on the equipment.
The jury found that MHMR was 50% responsible and Butts Recycling was 50% responsible for the accident.  Although the jury awarded over $6,000,000.00, our client will only recover half the amount awarded.  The portion of responsibility assessed against MHMR will not be recovered, because MHMR had worker’s compensation insurance.
Kevin Glasheen and Jason Medina represented our client at trial in Midland, Texas.  “Butts Recycling furnished this compactor to MHMR for the clients to use, and Butts had agreed to maintain the machine – which they failed to do,” Glasheen stated. “I am glad my client will have the money he needs to have a more comfortable life as he tries to adjust to losing his arm.”

Auto Accident, Knee Injury

Our firm represented a 51-year old client who suffered severe leg injuries from an unfortunate auto accident. Our client was in his driveway changing a fuse in a friend’s vehicle when a driver jumped a curb, drove through two brick mailboxes, then hit the vehicle in which our client was laying in the floorboard working.  The impact from the defendant’s vehicle then pushed the vehicle our client was working on into his own vehicle, which was parked next to it in the driveway. The liability carrier had denied coverage claiming the defendant had a medical emergency and blacked out.
Our team was able to get the liability carrier to reverse their decision and recovered $30,000 from the liability policy limit. We also recovered the $30,000 policy limit from the UIM on the friend’s vehicle our client was ‘occupying’ as well as our client’s own $30,000 UIM policy limit.