Puls Haney, P.L.L.C. announce that partner Mark Haney was recently recognized by Texas Monthly as one of the Top 100 Personal Injury Trial Attorneys in the State of Texas.
This award follows his involvement in a second verdict that qualified as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the United States, as recognized by the publication Verdict Search, in 2015. This latest case, Steve Landers v. Wasco Products, Inc., was tried to verdict in the 48th District Court of Tarrant County, Texas. Mark tried the case with co-counsel, Pat Gallagher from the Fort Worth law firm of Haslam & Gallagher. The case involved a young man named Steven Landers, who, while working on the roof of a distribution facility, came in contact with a skylight designed and manufactured by the Defendant. The skylight broke and Mr. Landers fell 35 feet to a concrete floor. Among other injuries suffered by Mr. Landers, he shattered the bones in his leg ultimately resulting in a below the knee amputation of his right leg. The CEO of Wasco, Mr. Chris Magnusson, was deposed by Mark. During the deposition Mr. Magnusson made a series of offensive comments. When Mark asked him if he knew about the extent of the injuries to Mr. Landers, Mr. Magnusson stated that Mr. Landers chose to have his leg removed. While true, the evidence at trial was that Mr. Landers chose to have his leg removed after many painful months of trying to save his leg and long tearful conversations with his family and doctors. Mr. Magnusson further testified that although he had actually witnessed a man fall through a Wasco skylight to become gravely injured, that he chose not to change the design of his product to make it of sufficient strength to support the foreseeable loads of human beings that he knew were likely to be up on the roof. It is hoped that this verdict will result in corrective justice where the skylight industry will reconsider current skylight designs.