Malfunctioning Restraint System Causes Driver to Fall From 7-Story Parking Garage

How Texas Attorney Obtained Favorable Settlement Right Before Trial

A woman was injured when her car went through what was supposed to be a vehicle restraint system on the 7th level of a parking garage. This system was constructed using cables instead of more substantial materials like concrete or steel. Corners were cut even further when fixing the cables, and instead of adhering to the safety codes, the owner put profits over safety. The plaintiff was pulling into a parking spot, and she accidently hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The barrier system did not restrain her, and she went right off the 7th floor and to the ground below, leaving her with injuries from head to toe. Attorney Sean Breen, of Howry Breen and Herman, LLP, had to find a way to help the jury see, touch, and feel what the victim endured. This case was mediated several times, and it settled very favorably right before trial.

Attorney Breen needed to prove the negligence of the owner of the parking garage and show that the Plaintiff’s devasting injuries were a direct result of this carelessness. Mr. Breen used DK Global primarily to illustrate the damages through video, working with his retained experts and treating physicians. We first depicted each of the Plaintiff’s injuries, from her very large scalp laceration to the fracture of her right ankle. In addition, we also showed the damage to her retinas, elbow wound, fractures to her thoracic and lumbar spine and subsequent harm to the spinal cord, and fractures to the sternum and first rib.

Next, we created animations of the surgical procedures on her spine, whereby hardware was utilized to repair the injured L4 vertebra, and the repair of her scalp laceration. This helped the jury understand how important these procedures are to the Plaintiff’s recovery. Terms like thoracic and lumbar may not be familiar to jurors, but once they seem them in relation to the injuries in the animation, it makes perfect sense. Attorney Breen has used DK Global many times, and we work as a part of his team to provide a tangible tool that is invaluable and gives the jury no doubt that his clients deserve full and fair compensation.

Attorney Breen is a record-setting, experienced trial attorney who cares deeply about his clients and getting them the results they deserve. He has won numerous Hall of Fame verdicts and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He considers his clients family and fights every day to deliver not only the best results, but to also deliver on the special trust and confidence his clients expect and deserve. Mr. Breen has been recognized multiple times for his service to clients through his record-setting verdicts and settlements, being included in places such as Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation, Top 50 US Verdicts, Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and Super Lawyers®.


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