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Client Cleared in Fiance’s Death After Fatal Accident is Linked to GM Ignition Switch Recall

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 24, 2014) -- A Van Zandt County Judge ruled Monday that Texas resident Candice Anderson had been wrongfully convicted for a fatal car crash that severely injured her and claimed the life of her fiancé, Gene Erickson, overturning a negligent homicide conviction from nearly 10 years earlier.

Erickson died on November 15, 2004 after Anderson lost control of her 2004 Saturn Ion and hit a tree.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys was hired by Candice Anderson several months ago to handle her GM ignition switch recall case. Upon being retained by Candice Anderson, Thomas J. Henry's firm hired experts to review her case. In reviewing the case, they looked at critical evidence surrounding the death of her fiancé, Gene Erickson.

"As evidence was discovered and presented to GM, it became clear this was one of the vehicles GM acknowledged to have been defective," co-counsel Thomas J. Henry stated.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, along with co-counsel on the case, filed a Habeas Corpus motion in district court. The court reviewed said motion and earlier today found that Candice Anderson was innocent involving the death of Mr. Erickson.

"This moment for our client, Ms. Anderson, was extremely important because it exonerated her from the accusations and the finding of guilt that had previously plagued her life," co-counsel Thomas J. Henry stated. "It is unfortunate to know that GM as a corporation had this information in their files and let this innocent woman be found guilty of a crime that she did not commit," he said, adding, "this type of corporate behavior must be stopped and the true culprits involving the death of Mr. Erickson should be brought to justice in our criminal and civil system."

In the first three months of 2014, GM recalled millions of vehicles for issues with the ignition switch which could cause the vehicles to stall and lose power.

The recall notice stated that should engine power loss occur, the vehicle could also experience loss of power steering, power brakes, and airbag functionality. The recall has been linked to 35 deaths and thousands of injuries.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys currently represents 82 individuals claiming to have lost a loved one in an accident involving a recalled GM vehicle and represents 1,300 people throughout the country affected by the recall.

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys was one of the first firms in the country to accept GM ignition switch recall cases. The firm has since been instrumental in negotiating compensation terms in the Feinberg Compensation Fund and also has numerous cases pending in the multi-district litigation against GM in Judge Furman's Federal Court in the Southern District of New York.

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Thomas J. Henry Turkey Giveaway Kicks Off This Friday

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (November 18, 2014) -- This Friday marks the official kickoff of the 2014 Thomas J. Henry Turkey Giveaway. Semi-trucks containing thousands of turkeys will be parked outside our offices as we arrange a special pick-up for churches and non-profit organizations. Come watch as we give away the first turkeys of the season to our local churches and organizations.  Interested media is invited to attend. 

This is all in preparation for the main event on Saturday (November 22) during which we will give away thousands of Thanksgiving turkeys to residents in Corpus Christi, Freer, and Alice, Texas.

For more than 15 years, South Texas residents have participated in the Thomas J. Henry Turkey Giveaway, coming for the free turkey, and taking away much more. More than 300,000 families have been affected since the first Turkey Giveaway and it is their individual stories that make this event worthwhile for everyone involved.

Additions in recent years include additional pick-up sites in Alice and Freer and an expanded Kid’s Zone (at the Corpus Christi location) with Santa Claus, a petting zoo, clowns, carnival games, face painting and more.

SPECIAL PICK-UP FOR CHURCHES/NONPROFITS

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Location/Time:

  • Corpus Christi
    • Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Main Office (521 Starr St.)
    • 2pm - 4pm

2014 THOMAS J. HENRY TURKEY GIVEAWAY MAIN EVENT

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Locations/Times:

  • Alice
    • VFW (2300 North Texas Blvd.)
    • 8am – 9am
  • Freer
    • Freer HS Football Field (615 S. Norton Ave.)
    • 9am – 10am
  • Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Main Office (521 Starr St.)
    • 10am – 2pm
    • Corpus Christi

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Clients Awarded $28.4 Million in Company Vehicle Accident Case

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (August 6, 2014) -- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict on behalf of a mother and her adult daughter who were injured in a company vehicle accident. A Jim Wells County jury returned a verdict in the amount of $28.4 million to Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys’ clients, Angelique Briones (age 40) and Elida Briones (age 57), for injuries sustained during a 2010 company vehicle accident in Alice, Texas. The case was tried in a Jim Wells County court. On entry of judgment the verdict may be increased to as much as $32 million due to pre-trial interest.

The accident occurred on October 19, 2010 when Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys’ clients Angelique and Elida Briones were passengers in a company transport vehicle being driven by the driver. According to court documents, the driver entered an intersection on a yellow light on Highway 44 in Alice and was struck by another vehicle. The accident caused injuries to both Angelique and Elida Briones. Angelique Briones suffered a back injury requiring surgery. Her mother, Elida, suffered a neck injury and also underwent surgery.

Although it was disputed before the trial, testimony presented in court showed that the driver was not adequately trained on driver safety before the accident.

“We have seen time and time again how drivers operating company vehicles can cause serious injuries,” Thomas J. Henry stated.

“We are pleased that the jury was able to recognize how this company’s subpar safety standards were to blame for this accident. Hopefully, verdicts like this will keep our families safer on the roadways,” Thomas J. Henry added.

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