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Schechter secures executive and his family a settlement for $6 million dollars after executive fell from golf cart and sustained a traumatic brain injury: Suit was against operator of the golf cart and his employer for allowing the executive to stand on the back of the cart and for taking a turn at an excessive speed. After repayment of his $733,251.00 health care lien, the plaintiff and his family cleared $2,614,888.10.
$3.145 million verdict for parents of high school football star who drowned in pool: Richard Schechter obtained this jury verdict against an apartment complex owner and management company for the parents of a high school student who drowned in an apartment pool due to an improperly grounded pool light. The verdict is one of the largest in Harris County, Texas for the death of a teenager since the passage of tort reform legislation in the 1990s. The parents received $1,732,576.50 for their share of the verdict and settlements.
San Antonio jury awards $2.6 million in tire failure case: Richard Schechter was able to prove that the Firestone tire failure that led to a vehicle rollover and the death of the mother of two children was 60% due to the failure of two different repair facilities to properly patch the tire. One repair facility settled prior to trial while the other offered $100,000.00 before trial and then opted to go to the jury. The case settled after the verdict for a confidential amount, with the Plaintiff’s share of $691,837.37 being divided between the two daughters and placed in the registry of the court. This settlement was in addition to the monies recovered from Firestone.
Schechter recovers $3.3 million for family in death of a ship repairer: Our client’s husband, a ship repairer, was hired to repair a control system in the pump room of a vessel. The vessel owner isolated the lines being worked on, but failed to evacuate them. When the repairer opened the line, he was exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas and died within moments. In a ruling that was the first of its kind in Texas, the district court held that a wife could recover for loss of her relationship with her husband in a maritime death case. Plaintiff and her two children received $2,030,864.54 for their share.