Car wreck attorney Joe Stephens of Houston Texas was recently awarded “Verdict of the Week” by Verdict Search for a $7 million dollar verdict against Greater Houston Transportation Company d/b/a Yellow Cab company. This currently stands as one of the top 10 largest jury verdicts in Texas for 2021.
On June 30, 2014, plaintiff Diane Perez was struck by a Yellow Cab van that had ran a stop sign. The resulting collision inflicted severe back injuries to the defendant including several disc herniations. Perez spent the next 14 months going to physical therapy and chiropractic care and underwent a two-level cervical fusion. The residual effects of the accident left Perez in continual pain that required ongoing steroid injections and other pain-blocking procedures.
Houston Yellow Cab Denies Liability for Car Crash Injuries
Houston Yellow Cab’s parent company, Greater Houston Transportation Company, claimed in their defense that the driver of the van, Delwende Nikiema, was not an employee and therefore the company had no liability in the matter. A lower court ruled in favor of the taxi cab company but the ruling was later overturned by the Texas 1st Court of Appeals. This court found that despite a contract stating that Nikiema was a contract employee, he had in fact acted as an employee and that GHTC was his employer at the time of the car wreck.
At trial, Joe Stephens asked the jury to award Perez $3.36 million for future medical expenses and $4 million in noneconomic damages. The noneconomic damages were for the past and future physical pain and suffering, past and future mental anguish, past and future disfigurement, and past and future physical impairment suffered by Perez.
The jury found that Nikiema’s negligence in failing to stop at a stop sign, while speeding, caused the accident that resulting in Perez’s injuries. The jury also found that he was operating his van as an employee of Yellow Cab at the time of the accident.
Perez was awarded $7,011,000 dollars by the jury. Perez filed a proposed judgment seeking $7,101,000, less the $30,000 offset for the settlement with Nikiema, plus $306,250 in prejudgment interest, for a total of $7,377,250. Yellow Cab’s counsel has stated they will move forward with an appeal of the court’s ruling.
Unfortunately, Greater Houston Transportation Company has filed for bankruptcy. This verdict is in the process of being collected, and it is too early to predict how much the client will collect, if any.
If your or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in the Houston area, or feels that you may have grounds for a wrongful death case, call Houston car accident attorney Joe Stephens today for a free consultation. Joe Stephens is a Houston injury attorney who has been serving the South Texas community for over over 30 years. He will handle every aspect of your case on both a professional and personal level. Contact Joe Stephens today to get the help and advice you need, or fill out a contact form online and a member of The Stephens Law Firm will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your free consultation.