SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas J. Henry, a personal injury law firm, obtained an $8.7 million verdict in Hidalgo County on behalf of a client who was permanently injured in a 2014 auto accident caused by a severely fatigued driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
The accident occurred in January of 2014 when Thomas J. Henry's client and his fellow crew members were driving home from a 22-hour, non-stop shift at a Texas well. Thomas J. Henry's client was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel and rear ended a school bus, leaving the firm's client with a traumatic brain injury and permanent injuries to his back.
Thomas J. Henry filed suit against the well operator and other defendants for working this crew to the point of exhaustion and then failing to make arrangements to get them home safely.
"All workers in Texas deserve safe work environments and should never be put on the road fatigued," Thomas J. Henry stated.
Plaintiffs' attorneys were able to prove that the well operator, knowing the risks associated with fatigued driving, acted negligently in insisting the fatigued crewmembers transport themselves home after their 22-hour shift.
After a two-week trial, the jury sided with the plaintiff and found that the operator of the well was negligent. The jury awarded Thomas J. Henry's client $8.7 million in damages.
Robert Wilson of Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys stated, "The evidence in this case was overwhelming. We proved that everyone at that well knew the hazards of fatigued driving and that when that crew left the site and drove themselves home they posed an unacceptable risk to themselves and others sharing our highways. Their verdict is a message that this lack of concern for safety has consequences."
Thomas J. Henry has made multiple recent notable recoveries, including verdicts and settlements in the amounts of $35 million, $30 million, and $67 million, for accidents involving commercial defendants. The firm has demonstrated a consistent record of settlements and verdicts throughout Texas and the United States.
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