Death Case 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.

This category includes all cases the firm has tried that resulted in death.


Sanchez v. SpawGlass Inc., et. al.
(Bexar County) Plaintiff was walking to work on a sidewalk and was killed (electrocuted) when she stepped on an energized metal lid of an electrical pull box. The pull box was on a sidewalk that was being worked on as part of the UTSA Downtown Project. The two minor children of the Plaintiff sued the general contractor in charge of renovating UTSA Downtown as well as other subcontractors responsible for work around the sidewalk and electrical pull box. Two of the five Defendants settled the week prior to trial for $2,500,000. The case proceeded to trial against the remaining three Defendants. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $20,000,000. The pre-trial demand to SpawGlass (general contractor) was $12,500,000. The pre-trial offer from SpawGlass (general contractor) was $10,000. The jury returned a verdict of $7,590,000 in favor of the Plaintiff against four of the five Defendants. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of SpawGlass, Inc (Brock Person Guerra Reyna client).

Robles v. Clark Construction Company (Bexar County) Plaintiffs (3 adults, 2 children) were in an automobile accident allegedly caused by a five inch roadway drop off. The roadway was under construction at the time and the Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant did not follow the State of Texas plans and specifications in constructing the road (which only permit a two inch drop off). One Plaintiff (mother) was killed and another (daughter) suffered a brain injury and a laceration which caused her to lose 95% of her intestine. The collective medical specials were $774,000. The lost wages of the father, who could not return to work after the accident and resulting surgery, were $283,000. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $15,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $5,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $100,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

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).

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.

Castillo v. Flasher Equipment Company, et. al. (Maverick County) Plaintiff was killed in a head on automobile accident which took place in a construction zone late at night. Plaintiff alleged that the traffic control plan was not being followed by the subcontractor on the job (Flasher Equipment CompanyBFEC) and that they, along with the general contractor, did not properly mark the roads, creating a confusing lane channel which caused the accident. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $7,500,000. The pre-trial demand to FEC was $7,500,000. The pre-trial offer from FEC was $1,000,000. The jury returned a verdict of $3,500,000 against the general contractor. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of Flasher Equipment Company (Brock Person Guerra Reyna client).

Kennedy v. Grocers Supply Company (Bexar County) Decedent had a vehicle break down on IH-10 near Kerrville, Texas. Plaintiff alleged that the decedent was killed when Defendant's 18 wheel tractor-trailer veered onto the shoulder and struck decedent. The lead investigating DPS Trooper testified that the Defendant driver admitted he was fatigued and had only gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before. He reconstructed the accident and determined that it took place on the shoulder. Defendant claimed that the decedent was partly in the lane of travel when he was struck. The lost wages were $600,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $125,000. The jury returned a zero verdict for the defense, assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff.

Luna v. Acme Brick Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was on his way to work and operating a motor vehicle which became disabled in the travel lanes of an interstate highway. Defendant, who was driving a fully loaded 18 wheel tractor-trailer, was traveling in the same direction as Plaintiff. Defendant struck and killed Plaintiff as Plaintiff was attempting to exit his vehicle. Defendant had his cruise control set at the speed limit (65 mph) in light rain and fog, which Plaintiff alleged was too fast for the conditions. The economic specials were $350,000. The Plaintiff sued on a negligence theory and asked the jury to award $5,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Burgess v. Stephens Martin Paving (McCullough County) Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle being driven on a state highway that lost control due to an allegedly dangerous drop off on the road (where it transitioned from paved highway to milled asphalt). The Plaintiff was ejected and was killed. The Plaintiff contended that the roadway drop off was dangerous and failed to meet the plans/specifications set forth by the Texas Department of Transportation. The roadway was under construction at the time of the incident. Several witnesses were called (including the county judge) who testified that there were no warning signs present and that the transition was "like driving on ice." The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $4,600,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $175,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Rose v. Rush Truck Centers (Webb County) Decedent Rose was involved in a fatality accident with an 18 wheel tractor trailer. The estate and survivors of the decedent sued Rush Truck Centers alleging that they failed to properly inspect and repair the subject tractor trailer prior to the fatality accident and that it was the primary cause of the occurrence. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $3,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $200,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Lopez v. Days Inn (Nueces County) Plaintiff was killed in his hotel room by non-guests of the Days Inn. The hotel advertised security from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., although the guard clocked out at 3:48 a.m. on the day of the murder. According to the medical examiner, the Plaintiff was killed between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The Plaintiff contended that the presence of a security guard would have deterred the murderers and prevented the killing. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $2,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $750,000. The pre-trial offer was $30,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

Rodriguez v. Tex-Pack Express, Inc. (Uvalde County) Plaintiffs (2 adults) were involved in an accident on a state highway with a TPE bobtail truck. One of the Plaintiffs was killed and the other suffered a broken neck (leaving her in a coma). The surviving Plaintiff was unable to return to work as an accountant after the accident. The surviving Plaintiff had medical specials that were $215,000 and lost wages that were $300,000. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $1,600,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $150,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

Jordan v. VIA Metropolitan Transit (Bexar County) Plaintiff, 78 years old, blind, and wheelchair bound, rolled out of a VIA Trans van and onto her head. She died shortly thereafter. Plaintiff sued for negligence because her wheelchair was not secured with straps available on the van and because she was left unattended for several minutes. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $100,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Floyd v. Thomas Martindale (Travis County) Plaintiff, a 24 year old nurse, was killed when her vehicle was struck at an intersection by the intoxicated Defendant who was speeding and who ran a red light. The Defendant, who was on his way home from an all nude bar, was driving in excess of 80 mph in a 50 mph zone. The Defendant was convicted before trial of criminally negligent homicide and served several years in prison. The Plaintiffs, decedent's parents, asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiffs in the amount of $800,000.

Platz v. Grant-Lydick Beverage Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was driving a Ford Explorer when she suffered a tread separation of the Firestone Wilderness AT tire on the right rear of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled six times and the Plaintiff was killed. Her husband and two minor daughters were in the vehicle. At the time of her death, she was employed as an attorney making $160,000 per year. Plaintiff sued Ford on a product liability theory alleging that the vehicle was prone to rollovers and that the roof was of inadequate strength during such accidents. Plaintiff sued Firestone on a product liability theory alleging that the tire was prone to tread separation. The subject tire had been patched before the accident by Grant-Lydick Beverage Company. The area of the tire where the tread separated was at the point of the patch. Plaintiff settled with Ford and Firestone for $7,250,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $7,500,000. The jury returned a verdict of $918,750 against the Defendant.

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