On March 30, 2017, a Stallion Production Services 18-wheeler driven by Rodney Simmons collided with a Dodge pickup, which caused a rollover accident and catastrophic injuries. Lloyd Kulik and Atreyu Muniz were in the pickup. At the time of the accident, Mr. Simmons had been working for Stallion for approximately two weeks. He was taking a tanker of wastewater to a disposal pond around 11:30 p.m.
In February of 2017, Timothy Piazza was a student at Penn State and a victim of fraternity hazing. Then 19 years old, Piazza was pledging to join Beta Theta Pi and required to attend a bid acceptance night at the fraternity's house. He consumed large amounts alcohol due to being forced to participate in drinking games and hazing activities.
A jury awarded a South Carolina man $13 million. The man suffered severe injuries, including broken bones and brain damage, when his vehicle was struck by a train. Lawyers for the plaintiff argued BNSF Railway was negligent by failing to cut down trees on its right of way.
The National Hockey League announced a nearly $19 million settlement with former players who had sued the league over brain injuries suffered while playing. According to the lawsuit, the league and team medical staffs kept the players in the dark over the potential harm they faced. The suit alleged the NHL of failing to protect the former players from head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or warning them of the risks involved.
A Dallas, Texas jury awarded more than $240 million to a family that brought a lawsuit against Toyota for injuries sustained by two children in a rear end car accident. The lawsuit alleged that the front driver seats in the family's 2002 Lexus ES 300 were "unreasonably dangerous and defectively designed." Lawyers for the family argued that the front seats and the passenger restraint systems failed during a collision involving the family.
Carlos and June Cordeiro have filed suit against Fertitta Hospitality LLC, the owner of the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, after their child was injured while using a water slide. They have alleged negligence after their daughter lost consciousness on the slide.
In 2016, Cody Hamblin, then 22-years-old, died while fishing on Memorial Day with his grandfather. According to a lawsuit filed by his father, Darren Hamblin, he had a seizure while on a boat, fell into the water and died. Mr. Hamblin sued Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. He has alleged negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and wrongful death.
Last month, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which a Houston-based obstetrics and gynecology practice and one of its physicians argue that there was legally insufficient evidence to support a $9.6 million jury award in favor of a woman who sustained a permanent brain injury as a result of alleged medical malpractice. In September 2004, Shannon McCoy was admitted to Woman's Hospital of Texas to give birth to her first child. Upon admission, Ms. McCoy's baby had already died in utero due to placental abruption. Ms. McCoy also developed complications and ultimately suffered brain damage requiring around-the-clock care for the remainder of her life. In 2006, Ms. McCoy's husband filed suit against Debra Gunn, M.D. and her practice, Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates (OGA). According to the lawsuit, Dr. Gunn's negligence in failing to make adjustments to the administration of blood and blood products caused Ms. McCoy's permanent brain injury. A jury returned an 11-to-1 verdict in favor of the McCoys as to Dr. Gunn's negligence and awarded the McCoys $9.6 million. The Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals upheld the jury award in December 2015.
Blake Novacek, son of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, is suing Oklahoma University-based fraternity Beta Theta Pi and affiliated organizations for significant injuries he sustained after he was hit by a baseball bat in a hazing ritual. According to the lawsuit, Novacek is seeking monetary relief of more than $150,000 from Beta Theta Pi, Beta Theta Pi Corporation of Oklahoma, the Gamma Phi (OU) Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, as well as Shane Muselmann and Gavin Martindale, two members of the Gamma Phi Chapter who were allegedly involved in the incident.