County Hidalgo County Trials

At Brock Person Guerra Reyna, we have tried hundreds of cases over the years, too many to include in this website. We have, however, chosen to include each of those cases governed by a jury verdict where the amount sought was in excess of $500,000. It is important to note that we have included every case tried under this broad category, not just select verdicts.


Zavala v. General Motors & Simpson Auto Sales
(Hidalgo County) Plaintiff was killed when a GM vehicle allegedly shifted unassisted from park to reverse, crushing him between two vehicles as his two minor daughters watched. Plaintiff did not own the vehicle and tried to stop it after it ran over and injured the owner (who was warming it up). Plaintiff sued on a product defect theory, alleging that GM had received over 2000 complaints of similar problems with their vehicle transmissions. Plaintiff sued Simpson Auto Sales alleging that they contributed to the product defect by altering the vehicle's transmission before it was sold as used. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $15,000,000. The pre-trial demand to Simpson Auto Sales was $300,000. The pre-trial offer from Simpson Auto Sales was $0. The jury, after three days of deliberation, returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendants (Brock Person Guerra Reyna client was Simpson Auto Sales).

Manrique v. Warning Lites of Texas (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff was working in a construction zone when he was run over by a vehicle driving through the area. Plaintiff alleged that the temporary pavement markings created a confusing lane channel for the driver which struck him, causing the accident. The force of the impact propelled Plaintiff into hot tar, resulting in 3rd degree burns. He also suffered from a traumatic brain injury which left him functioning at the level of a four (4) year old child. He was not able to give testimony in the case. Brock Person Guerra Reyna was hired at 4:00 p.m. the Friday before trial. The medical specials were $2,213,000 and the lost wages were $270,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $10,600,000. The pre-trial demand was $2,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $100,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Ramirez v. Transportation Services, Inc. (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff, a minor, was killed when the vehicle in which she was riding was involved in an accident with a fully loaded 18 wheel TSI tractor trailer on an interstate highway. The Plaintiff alleged that the accident was caused by the Defendant's negligence and failure to follow the mandates of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $10,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,800,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Pearson v. DeBoer, Inc. (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident when he was rear ended on an interstate highway by a fully loaded 18 wheel DeBoer tractor trailer. Plaintiff was transported to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. He was not able to return to work after the accident. The medical specials were $1,415,000 and the lost wages were $828,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $4,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,200,000. The pre-trial offer was $350,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Aragona v. Lusby Enterprises (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff was asleep in her apartment when an intruder broke in and attempted to rape her. The assailant was a previous tenant of the apartment complex. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant knew of the assailant's dangerous propensities and did not comply with her repeated requests to fix her security alarm. The Plaintiff suffered from depression after the assault and her medical specials were $22,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,500,000. The pre-trial demand was $275,000. The pre-trial offer was $50,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

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