Thomas J. Henry Secures $21M Verdict Against Coca-Cola in Trucking Case
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, May 7, 2012- As reported by The Associated Press, Yahoo News, the Houston Chronicle, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and several other news outlets, Thomas J. Henry recently secured a $21 million verdict against Coca-Cola in a trucking accident case involving a distracted delivery driver.
On May 7, 2012, a Nueces County jury awarded $21 million to a woman who was hit by a Coca-Cola truck whose driver was chatting on a cell phone while at the wheel (Net to Client: $1.7 Million | Expenses: $310,000 | Attorney Fees: $1,360,000) .
The jury awarded Vanice Chatman-Wilson, 37, $10 million in punitive damages and $11 million in actual damages for the 2010 accident that left her with severe neck and back injuries.
When his firm received the case, Thomas J. Henry immediately knew they had a huge safety problem on their hands and that battling Coca-Cola would mean picking apart a corporate cell-phone use policy which applies to thousands of employees throughout the U.S.
“I knew Mrs. Wilson deserved justice, and the rest of the motoring public deserved safer drivers; so, Bob Hilliard and I decided to put our law firm litigation teams together to shred Coca Cola’s policy.”
During the trial, Coca-Cola’s truck driver reportedly testified that if she had known the risks of talking on the phone while driving she would not have done it.