Our client was at a red light in his vehicle when he was rear-ended by a truck rented from a Moving Truck Rental Company. The driver of the rental truck exited the vehicle and fled the scene. The Moving Truck Rental Company originally denied liability, stating that the rental truck had been stolen. Simon & O’Rourke contested this argument and was eventually able to negotiate a favorable settlement on behalf of our client.
Our client suffered catastrophic injuries when an explosion occurred in his work area. He had to undergo numerous surgeries. Upon being retained, Simon & O’Rourke concluded that the facility owner had significant liability. The facility owner hired a strong law firm and, as entitled by law, zealously defended itself against all claims that we brought on behalf of our client. After significant discovery and litigation, including handling some maters that were taken to The Court of Appeals, a confidential settlement was entered.
Our client was disembarking a vessel. The gangway was not safe and flexed in the middle as out client walked upon it. Our client fell and suffered injuries to his neck, back and other parts of his body. Simon and O’Rourke filed a lawsuit aggressively pursued a case on behalf of our client. We took six depositions to get the testimony that we felt would assist us in establishing that the gangway was not safe and that the vessel was not seaworthy. After significant litigation, Simon & O’Rourke was able to negotiate a favorable settlement on behalf of our client.
Our firm was contacted by another law firm regarding taking over the handling of one of their cases. It was a car wreck case with an unknown “John Doe” driver that had caused the accident and fled the scene. The other firm felt this case was a bit too complicated for a case likely had only $30,000 in insurance coverage. The client was driving home on the Gulf Freeway when he was rear-ended by a speeding car. The driver that hit the said that another car had caused the accident and fled the scene. At Simon & O’Rourke, we are familiar with the “mystery car” defense and agreed to take over handling the case. Once the client signed the proper paperwork to become “our” client, Simon & O’Rourke started an aggressive investigation and prosecution of our client’s case. Simon & O’Rourke filed a lawsuit, conducted discovery and took depositions in efforts to prove our client’s case. We batted away the “mystery car” defense, and started work on establishing that the defendant driver’s negligence should be covered by the defendant driver’s employer’s $1,000,000 commercial policy. The defendant agreed to a confidential settlement weeks before trial. While the settlement is confidential, the settlement was enough to cover all medical bills as well as compensate him for lost income and pain and suffering.
Our client was riding his motorcycle on a highway in Austin when an automobile came from behind him, weaving and out of its lane. Once the vehicle passed his motorcycle, the vehicle slammed on its brakes. Our client dropped his bike in an attempt to keep from crashing into the back of the automobile and was thrown from his bike. The automobile fled the scene. Witnesses saw that the automobile driver was talking on her cell phone and were able to get her license plate number. Simon & O’Rourke was able to negotiate a settlement for policy limits.