These aren’t necessarily our biggest cases, but they are results that we are proud of because of their individual facts.

2014 Cases

We represented a driver who sustained a head injury in a car wreck after the other driver ran a red light. Upon our initial demand, the insurance adjuster offered $26,100.00 to settle the case.  We promptly filed suit and began to get the case ready for trial.  Before trial, we settled at a mediation for a confidential amount.  After fees, expenses, and payment of outstanding medical bills, the client recovered $158,020.86, a far cry from the insurance company’s ridiculous starting offer.

We represented an employee of an auto auction who was injured in an on the job injury.  The auto auction had cars parked in a row.  As our client was walking between cars, a temporary employee hired through a temp agency, hit our client, crushing his leg.  Because our client had worker’s compensation insurance, we were unable to sue his employer.  Instead, we sued the temp agency and the driver.  This was a long, difficult case involving a number of highly technical legal arguments relating to worker’s compensation laws, borrowed servant doctrines, and more.  When we initially agreed to represent the person, we were unsure whether there would ever be a recovery due to these very difficult legal issues.  But ultimately, we were able to enter into a very substantial settlement to help our client.  After attorneys’ fees and expenses, our client recovered $213,368.51.

We represented two families involved in a tragic dog attack on two children.  During the attack, the dog attacked an eight year old girl.  After letting go of the girl, the dog then attacked and killed a two year old boy.  We agreed to help the families.  When we agreed to help, we thought it was unlikely that the families would ever make a recovery due to a potential lack of insurance.  However, upon filing a lawsuit we discovered that the dog owner had a renter’s policy and the homeowner had a homeowner’s liability policy.  In addition to helping two great families, we’re most proud of the legal arguments we made.  Due to our legal arguments (which we believe most attorneys would have missed), we were able to double the amount of insurance available under each of these policies so that each of these families received a significant sum.  Claims against the property management company that managed the rental home are still pending in 2015.

2013 Cases

We represented a husband whose wife and two other women were killed in a tragic wreck.  This case, which lasted several years, was finalized in 2013.  The case included claims against the driver of the vehicle, the manufacturer of the vehicle, an engineering firm who designed road construction at the scene, the paving company who performed work at the scene, the general contractor overseeing the work, and others.  The case involved numerous complicated legal issues, which included a trip to the court of appeals during the case.   Overall, after payment of attorneys’ fees and expenses, our client recovered $992,663.75.  While the amounts of all settlements were confidential, we believe that this sum was much larger than the recovery made by the families of the other two families, who were represented by another law firm.

We represented a young woman who was riding her scooter when she was hit by a drunk driver.  We settled for the driver’s policy limits.  After payment of attorneys’ fees, expenses, and repayment of outstanding medical bills, our client netted $61,519.33.

We represented a college student who was hit while riding a bicycle on his college campus.  The other side started by vehemently arguing that our client’s injuries were not related to the bike wreck.  We ultimately reached a settlement that netted our client $40,923.66 after payment of attorneys’ fees, expenses, and a large subrogation interest.

We represented a musician in his claim arising from a collision at an intersection.  While not the largest case, we’re proud of the work we did.  This case was essentially a swearing match of who ran a red light at an intersection.  While the investigating officers didn’t give anyone a citation, the officers made it clear that they thought our client ran the red light.  With the client’s help, we did a lot of investigation work and were able to prove to the insurance company that our client did not run the red light.  After payment of attorneys’ fees, expenses, and reimbursement of a large subrogation interest, our client netted $16,608.34.

We represented a bicyclist who was hit at an intersection.  Again, while it isn’t the largest case, we’re proud of the work we did.  In this case, the investigating police officers actually noted on the report that our client was the cause of the wreck.  After a significant amount of investigation, including hiring a very good expert witness, we were able to convince the insurance adjuster that our client did not do anything wrong.  After payment of attorneys’ fees and expenses and reimbursement of a subrogation interest, our client received a net recovery or $12,362.58.


Auto Accidents.

We represented an individual involved in an apparently minor rear-end collision in Round Rock, Texas.  Prior to hiring us, the insurance adjuster for the driver who had caused the wreck had offered the client $924.12 to settle the case.  Within six months of hiring us, we had resolved the case for a confidential amount that included the other driver’s insurance company and the client’s underinsured motorist carrier each paying their policy limits.   While this case is extreme, it is a good example of showing that clients who hire attorneys usually do better than those who are not represented by attorneys.

We represented an individual who was injured in a wreck in Dallas, Texas.  The case was complicated, involving claims against a number of insurance policies and issues regarding pre-existing health damages.  This was also a case where the client was represented by another lawyer before becoming dissatisfied with the lawyer and coming to us.  We were able to resolve the claims, and after paying attorneys’ fees, expenses,  medical providers and reimbursing Medicare for payments it made, the client netted $95,820.97.

On The Job Injury.

We represented a gentleman who worked for a North Texas utility hanging transformers on utility poles. As he was hanging a transformer on a pole at a construction site, the pole fell. He survived, but he experienced severe personal injuries that prevented him from continuing this type of employment. We sued the company that set the pole, an electrical contractor that had installed conduit up to the pole, and the general contractor for the job. We’re proud of this case for two reasons. We were able to obtain a significant settlement (in excess of seven figures, with the client netting $424,174.54 after the reimbursement of a large worker’s compensation lien) that allowed our client and his family to maintain a future despite our client not being able to continue in his employment. But perhaps more importantly, we were able to help the client when other lawyers were not. Prior to our hiring, the client had hired another attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who thought the case was too hard and sat on the case for a significant period of time.

Trip and Fall Case.

We represented an Austin Lake Patrol police officer who tripped on a boat dock that was not properly maintained and repaired. The officer sustained significant injuries, and we were able to obtain a significant recovery on his behalf despite very difficult liability facts. But we are most proud about this case because we were again able to help the client when other lawyers were not. Prior to hiring us, the officer had retained another lawyer who essentially sat on the case for over ten years. (Yes, you read that right — TEN years.)  Once we were hired and began pursuing the case, we were able to obtain a settlement within fourteen months, and the client netted $175,000.00 after payment of attorneys’ fees and other expenses.

Business Dispute.

We represented a small business in a lawsuit against Computer Sciences Corporation (“CSC”), a Fortune 500 corporation. Our client was a computer consulting firm that worked, in part, for companies that used CSC software. To work on the software, our client’s consultants had to obtain non-disclosure agreements. CSC eventually canceled those non-disclosure agreements, essentially shutting our client’s business down. The dispute was whether CSC was justified in canceling those agreements. The dispute between the parties arose in September 2001, and working diligently, we were able to take the case to trial in June 2002. We prevailed at trial, and the jury verdict included an award of $8,000,000.00 for punitive damages. Because of Texas law, the punitive damage award was capped at $250,000.00 (the client ultimately recovered $191,103.55). The case was featured in Stephanie Mencimer’s book, Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and Its Corporate Allies Are Taking Away Your Right to Sue.

Sexual Assault Case.

We represented five women who were sexually assaulted by a deputy in East Texas. In a very difficult case, we were able to obtain some justice for our clients through a significant, but confidential settlement. As part of the settlement, our clients offered $10,000.00 towards therapy for the officer to help protect other women. In addition, the case served as the inspiration for the movie Scared Silent, which was part of the Lifetime Television channel’s campaign to stop violence against women and to help put rapists behind bars. Mark Perlmutter was an executive producer for the movie.

Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC maintains offices in Austin, Texas. However, our attorneys and lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Forth Worth, El Paso, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lockhart, Bastrop, Elgin, Manor, Brenham, Cedar Park, Burnet, Marble Falls, Temple and Killeen. By Brooks Schuelke

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