South Texas 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 in venues along the Texas border.

Valdez v. Ford Motor Company (Western District of Texas) Plaintiff was driving a Ford F-150 when he lost control on a highway, went off road, rolled over, and crashed. He was killed in the crash and his wife, his 3 children, and his parents sued Ford alleging he was fully belted but died because he was partially ejected and because the vehicle did not have rollover activated air bags. The family claimed that Ford knew for over 20 years that customers get killed in rollover crashes, that Ford knew there was rollover activated air bag technology available that would reduce the likelihood of fatalites, that Ford introduced rollover activated air bags into many vehicle lines, and that Ford deliberately ceased funding for its suppliers to develop rollover activated air bags into the F-150. Ford alleged that the decedent was unbelted, that he was fully ejected, and that he was solely responsible for his own fatal injuries, denying that there was any defect with the F-150. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $15,000,000. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Ford Motor Company, finding no product defect and finding that the decedent was 100% responsible for his own fatal injuries.

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.

Reyna v. Kemper Lloyds Insurance Company (Cameron County) Plaintiff sued his employer for wrongful termination and other causes of action. Defendant denied coverage under the General Liability policy issued to Plaintiff's employer. Plaintiff and his employer entered into an agreed judgment and assignment of rights. Plaintiff then took the assignment of rights and sued Kemper for failure to defend and failure to settle, claiming bad faith and violations of the Texas Insurance Code and Texas DTPA. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $8,400,000. The pre-trial demand was $8,400,000. 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).

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.

Cortez v. Valmont Industries and D&F Farms (Western District of Texas) Plaintiff, age 17, was working in the fields as a laborer when she tripped and fell adjacent to an irrigation system. Her clothing was caught by an unguarded drive line and she was pulled into the machine, causing multiple compound fractures of her arm along with a degloving of the skin from the muscle (nearly severing her arm in the process). The Plaintiff sued on a product liability theory alleging the irrigation system was defective because the safety guards fell off and because it did not have a safety switch that shut the system off if the guards were not on the drive lines. The owner of the farm testified that the safety guards did not last and came off the system soon after it was purchased. The Plaintiff was left with permanent injuries to her arm and had very little use of it after the accident. She was not able to return to work after the accident. Her medical specials were $50,000 and her lost wage earning capacity was $1,000,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $4,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,750,000. The pre-trial offer was $50,000. The jury returned a verdict of $1,563,916 in favor of the Plaintiff against D&F Farms. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of Valmont Industries (Brock Person Guerra Reyna client).

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).

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).

Fajardo v. Stevenson's Appliances, Inc. (Cameron County) Plaintiff purchased a new dryer from Defendant. After the installation, Plaintiff called Defendant to complain that the dryer was not working properly (taking too long to dry clothes). On two occasions, Defendant came to the Plaintiff's home on a service call. Four days after the second service call, the dryer caught fire and the condominium burned to the ground (along with all contents). The Plaintiff hired four liability experts. The Defendant hired none. The property damage was $300,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $500,000. The pre-trial offer was $100,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Leija v. Laredo Paving Company (Maverick County) Plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident when she was rear ended on a state highway by an 18 wheel LPC tractor trailer. The Plaintiff injured her jaw and neck, undergoing surgery. She did not return to work after the surgery. The medical specials were $70,000 and the lost wages were $350,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $325,000. The pre-trial offer was $45,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant .

Gutierrez v. Dover Elevator Company (Hidalgo County) Plaintiff sued for injuries sustained when an elevator in which she was riding allegedly failed, causing it to fall from floor to floor until it came to rest. There were two other occupants of the elevator (also testifying witnesses). Defendant denied that there was any defect with the elevator and that the elevator functioned exactly as it should have under the circumstances. The specials were $135,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $500,000. The pre-trial demand was $125,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Rodriguez v. McDonald's Restaurant (Webb County) Plaintiff sued for injuries sustained after biting into a hamburger and puncturing her lip with a two inch portion of a hypodermic needle which was imbedded in the hamburger pattie. Plaintiff was with her young daughter at the time and two eyewitnesses confirmed Plaintiff's account. Plaintiff underwent testing for HIV/AIDS with no expert denying the possibility that she would develop the disease. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $5,000. The jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff in the amount of $1,000.

Howe v. Delta Tires, Inc. (Nueces County) Plaintiff, a firefighter, was injured in an automobile accident that occurred when the Defendant turned left in front of the Plaintiff's vehicle. Plaintiff underwent a number of operative procedures after the accident to repair a herniated disc, a compound fracture of the wrist, and a torn ACL of the knee. Plaintiff was unable to return to work after the accident. The Plaintiff called eleven liability and damages experts. The Defendant called none, but merely cross examined those of the Plaintiff. The medical specials were $175,000 and the lost wages were $232,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,600,000. The pre-trial demand was $900,000. The pre-trial offer was $200,000. The jury returned a verdict of $143,400 in favor of the Plaintiff.

Solis v. Pepsi Cola Bottling Company (Maverick County) Plaintiff was rear ended by a fully loaded 18 wheel Pepsi tractor trailer while driving on an interstate highway. The tractor trailer was driven by an operator with a documented history of seizures who blacked out (but who was allowed to drive). The Plaintiff, a laborer, suffered five herniated discs and could not return to work after the accident. The medical specials were $75,000 and the lost wages were $525,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $2,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $750,000. The pre-trial offer was $350,000. The jury returned a verdict of $436,000 in favor of the Plaintiff.

Guajardo v. CMR Energy (Maverick County) Plaintiff was working on a well site for Defendant when he was exposed to large quantities of Hydrogen Sulfide gas that had escaped. Plaintiff claimed permanent lung damage, breathing difficulties, an inability to work, and a shortened life expectancy. The medical specials were $250,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $6,000,000 and the pre-trial settlement demand was $3,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $500,000. The jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff in the amount of $1,100,000.

Moses v. Thorp Petroleum Company (Starr County) Plaintiff was working on a start up compressor at a natural gas well site. He was attempting to purge impurities from a pressurized line when it exploded, propelling him 30 feet and into his own pickup truck. Plaintiff and two eyewitnesses testified that the job site supervisor never informed them that the lines were pressurized. Plaintiff underwent multiple surgical procedures for compound fractures to his leg and suffered from permanent double vision as a result of the explosion. The medical specials were $175,000 and the lost wages were $225,000. The Plaintiff sued on a premises defect theory and asked the jury to award $5,000,000. The jury returned a verdict of $3,000,000 against the Defendant.

English v. Berry Contracting (Nueces County) Plaintiff was a contract coordinator at a chemical plant. Defendant was unloading electrical cabinets which were 8 feet tall at the plant. Plaintiff was supervising the installation of the cabinets when they fell on him, rendering him a ventilator dependent quadriplegic. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant was negligent in handling the cabinets, which caused them to fall. The medical specials were $5,600,000 and the lost wages were $840,000. The pre-trial demand was $16,000,000. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $4,700,000. The jury assessed 41% responsibility on the Plaintiff, 39% responsibility on Berry Contracting, and the remaining 20% responsibility on settling Defendants.

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