Provost Umphrey Obtains Successful Trial Verdict in Harris County

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016

James E. Payne and Ronnie Turner received a successful verdict on behalf of their client, Terry Dickerson, Sr. After a week-long trial in the 270th District Court in Harris County, a jury returned a favorable verdict for Mr. Dickerson following a June 24, 2014 incident in which a forklift driver of Empire Stevedore dropped a tarp from 10 feet landing on Mr. Dickerson's head and shoulder. Empire Stevedore argued that Mr. Dickerson was at fault for not properly securing the tarp onto the forklift and walking underneath operating forklift. The incident caused Mr. Dickerson to sustain an aggravation of pre-existing conditions to his neck and low back. None of Mr. Dickerson's doctors recommended surgery for his injuries. Notwithstanding the highly contested liability and damage arguments, the jury awarded Mr. Dickerson $765,000 in damages.

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