Tort Claims Act 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.


Salvatierra v. VIA Metropolitan Transit
(Bexar County) Plaintiff, a three year old child, was riding his tricycle on a sidewalk when he was run over by a 40,000 pound VIA bus. The bus was turning right at an intersection. The parents of the child witnessed the accident. The child's leg was severed by the tires of the bus and could not be reattached. The medical specials were $600,000 and the lost wage earning capacity was $200,000. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $30,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $5,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

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.

Pruneda v. VIA Metropolitan Transit (Bexar County) Plaintiff, a pedestrian, was crossing a downtown street within a crosswalk when she was run over by a 40,000 pound VIA bus. The bus was turning left at an intersection. Three eyewitnesses confirmed that the crosswalk signal favored the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff underwent lumbar surgery and was unable to return to work after the accident. The medical specials were $55,000 and the lost wages were $588,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

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