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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 (Cause No: 12-03-50941-CV) was tried in 79th Judicial Court of Jim Wells County. 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 LeFleur Transportation of Texas, Inc. transport vehicle being driven by Delfina Salazar. According to court documents, Salazar 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 Delfina Salazar 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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Thomas J. Henry Meets with Congressional Leaders Before GM Hearing

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 18, 2014) -- Thomas J. Henry, the nation's top GM recall attorney, met with Congressional leaders Tuesday morning and held a press conference to address GM victim concerns in anticipation of the Congressional testimony of GM CEO Mary Barra and GM internal investigator Anton Valukas.

Last Thursday, former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas released the findings of his internal investigation into GM's handling of the ignition switch recall which has been linked to numerous accidents, injuries, and deaths over the last 10 years. His report faulted GM for its delayed handling of the recall but did not find any evidence of a cover-up on the part of the company. Valukas and Barra faced questioning today from the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the report.

Meanwhile, Thomas J. Henry continues to push for compensation for the firm's injured clients and the families of those individuals who lost loved ones in accidents involving GM vehicles recalled for defective ignitions.

"I will continue to put pressure on GM to act responsibly and compensate victims," lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated.

Families of the Injured and Killed Attended Congressional Hearing

A number of families who lost loved ones were present at the hearing today, waiting to hear an explanation for why the deadly ignition switch defect was not discovered by GM for ten years. Pictures of their loved ones lined the wall in the back of the room.

"It was important for these victims and family members to be there to help GM put faces to this tragedy," Thomas J. Henry stated.

One of the victims present was Trenton Buzard, who was paralyzed in a Chevy Cobalt accident in 2009 when he was just one-year-old. The accident claimed the lives of his great-grandmother and aunt. Trenton remains permanently paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He is now 6-years-old. 

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys Represents More Clients as GM Recall Expands

On June 16, 2014, GM announced a recall on an additional 3.19 million vehicles for problems similar to those which triggered the initial ignition switch recall. This recall involves the following vehicles:  2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville, 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2004-2005 Buick Regal LS and GS, and 2006-2008 Monte Carlo.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, 143 fatal accidents may have been caused by airbag non-deployment in the Chevy Impala vehicles alone.

Since the latest recall was announced, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has gotten numerous calls and the firm is representing numerous new clients affected by the latest recall.

"As the recall list continues to expand, we are getting more and more clients asking us for help," Thomas J. Henry stated. "We will continue to investigate this latest recall and hold GM responsible for all injuries and deaths found to be caused by their defective vehicles."

About Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a national injury firm representing GM recall victims in nearly every state in the U.S. The firm is currently representing more than 1,200 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall. 

One of the largest personal injury firms in the United States, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years.  The firm specializes in wrongful deathon the job injurychild injurypharmaceutical litigationproduct liabilitycatastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.

The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year.  These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents.  This comes on the heels of winning the number one back injury verdict in the country in 2012.

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Thomas J. Henry Responds to Failures in Valukas Report

Author Susan Harr

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 9, 2014)-- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a national injury firm handling more than 1,100 GM recall cases across the U.S., believes GM's internal failures are far beyond what was represented in the "Valukas Report" released last week.

Last Thursday, former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas released the findings of his internal investigation into GM's handling of the ignition switch recall which has been linked to numerous accidents, injuries, and deaths over the last 10 years. His report faulted GM for its delayed handling of the recall but did not find any evidence of a cover-up on the part of the company.

"We believe there is way more hidden than what is outlined in this report," lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated.

The Valukas Report  

The Valukas Report was written by Anton Valukas of the law firm Jenner & Block. Jenner & Block has extensive ties to GM; several Jenner & Block attorneys, including Valukas, have represented the company in the past.

Several news reports have speculated that the relationship between Valukas, Jenner & Block, and GM would prohibit Valukas from providing an "unvarnished" report regarding GM's failings in the ignition switch recall.

"There is no way this report was unbiased. The very people hired to conduct the investigation have ties to GM and have a stake in the outcome of the inquiry," Thomas J. Henry stated.

"The cover page of the Valukas Report has an attorney client privilege disclaimer on it. Only a complete waiver of that privilege would help us to have a true understanding of who knew of these fatal defects and when they knew – from board members to the president, and all past and current executive officers."

During a press conference addressing the Valukas Report, GM CEO Mary Barra stated again that the company would be compensating victims and families affected by the recall.

"The biggest concern I have is GM deceiving victims who opt in for the Victim Compensation Fund, that's why we've been pushing for compensation concepts that make more sense for the individuals who were injured and the families who have lost loved ones in accidents involving recalled GM vehicles," Thomas J. Henry stated.

Crashes, Injuries, and Deaths Linked to Recall

General Motors originally linked 32 frontal crashes and 13 deaths to the defective ignition switches. On May 23rd, the company increased the crash figure to 47. Several news outlets speculate that there are many more fatalities that have not been accounted for.

In March, the Center for Auto Safety linked 303 deaths to the recalled vehicles. On June 3, Reuters released their own analysis of federal crash data, which found that 74 deaths were linked to the ignition switch defect.[6]

"From our own national investigation, we have found that the death toll from these vehicles is far beyond what GM has admitted to," Thomas J. Henry stated. "GM is skirting responsibility for these deaths just like they are skirting responsibility for delaying the recall and deceiving the American public."

About Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a national injury firm representing GM recall victims in nearly every state in the U.S. The firm is currently representing more than 1,100 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall. 

One of the largest personal injury firms in the United States, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years.  The firm specializes in wrongful death, on the job injury, child injury, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, catastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.

The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year.  These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents.  This comes on the heels of winning the number one back injury verdict in the country in 2012.

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