We have been blessed with opportunities to help many families who have been the victims of negligence. Although the success of these cases cannot be representative of what your case may be worth, you owe it to yourself to find a lawyer you can trust with this important issue in your life. The following is a list of only a few “victories” we have achieved in the very recent past:
$3,000,000.00 Medical Malpractice
Rick, a high school basketball coach, spent time researching for an experienced lawyer but found that most of the lawyers that advertised, were not lawyers he felt proud to be associated with. Rick wanted someone who would give him individual attention and who actually cared about people. The case involved a medical laboratory that tested for cancer and which put profits over safety by pushing its employees to work too fast when handling tissue slides.
As a result, Rick’s healthy specimen was mixed with a different body tissue of someone else, that tested positive for cancer. Mistakenly thinking Rick had cancer, his doctors required Rick to undergo surgeries and procedures that would eventually limit his mobility and permanently affect his ability to function normally. The laboratory refused to admit that their policies were designed to go faster than what is safe, and so Hunt was forced to do extensive research and private investigations to “find” and “dig up” proof.
Hunt searched to find former employees who had moved off to other cities and states who could testify about the company’s unsafe procedures. In the end, Hunt found the “smoking gun”, which was the actual employee who confused the laboratory slides leading to Rick’s injury. She admitted that she had been pressured by the laboratory to go faster and faster until it was impossible to do her job safely.
After she made the mistake, the company, in order to hide her from Hunt and his team, fired her and did not disclose where she went. Ultimately, the firm’s extensive investigations and refusal to accept no as an answer, generated a 3 million dollar settlement.
$2,400,000.00 Products Liability
The Bonneau law firm was honored to represent a family who was the victim of poor engineering from a car and tire manufacturer. The tire in question had a tendency to come apart after it reached certain speeds and certain temperatures. After coming apart, the vehicle was designed in a way that made it “turn and roll” under certain predictable conditions.
The Bonneau Law Firm’s clients were a Texas family who was riding on the highway when the tire de-treaded and the vehicle rolled, killing one of the occupants and hurting 3 others. As a result of the firm’s financial resources, the family was able to “go to bat” with one of the richest companies in America, and force them to compensate the family for all of the medical bills, lost wages and a list of other damages that they incurred as a result of the unsafe tire and car.
Christy went through 3 different lawyers before finding Hunt. The previous lawyers dismissed Christy saying that frankly, they did not believe she could have suffered a real concussion because her car did not look like it had been in a very big crash. When she came to Hunt, she was suffering from memory loss, forgetfulness, focus, difficulty communicating and headaches. She became irritable and rude and her family and friends no longer enjoyed her company. Further, because of some prior history at a psychological hospital, no attorney was willing to “get on board” with financial resources to work the case.
First, Hunt vigorously re-examined her medical records to make sure that previous doctors and lawyers had accurately analyzed her condition. Hunt used the help of his medical team consisting of medical doctors, psychologists, and neuropsychologists to tie up loose ends in the medical history in order to get a clear and honest picture of what Christy was actually suffering from.
Hunt spent the time and money to prepare the case for a trial in a way that showed her injuries in a truthful light that was fair and based on medical reason. This resulted in an insurance company’s willingness to reexamine the case in a new light and see a viewpoint they knew a jury would see…that Christy had suffered real injuries that would affect her the rest of her life.
Hunt stated regarding the case, “… at first glance, when you looked at the lack of damage to her car and pre-existing medical conditions, it was easy to dismiss any claim that she had been hurt. But concussions are a unique injury that many times get overlooked initially by ER rooms and attorneys not skilled at detecting the subtle nuances of the injury. I am in the people business and I look for truth tellers when I look for clients, because I believe people who are judging us, (i.e. Insurance companies, juries, doctors), demand that we are truthful.
When I met Christy I knew it was a case I HAD to take, whether I wanted to or not. She was a truth-teller and I just wanted to help her. After meeting her, and dissecting her records with our medical team, we knew her injuries were not only real but devastating to her. Even though we were not sure we could explain it well in the beginning, but we knew we were telling the truth. And if we could figure out a way to get the truth communicated in a clear way, then justice would prevail. This time, justice prevailed.”
$1,175,000.00 Car Accident
The most significant factor in this case was the hurdle of explaining how someone can get catastrophically hurt, despite low property damage. RB is a client that was hit by a reckless driver who was not following basic safety rules. We were able to show that a pre-existing condition she had, actually made her more susceptible for obtaining a much greater injury than what a normal person would suffer in a similar crash.
Even though the insurance company forced us to file a lawsuit, and forced us to prepare for trial for over a year, we stuck to the principle that safety rules can only protect us, if we chose to enforce them. For the Bonneau Law Firm, we felt like that started with us.
Later we ask the insurance company to enforce the safety rules with their insureds, and if they won’t make them, then we ask juries to enforce the safety rules on the defendant. In this particular case, highlighting her pre-existing condition, and having qualified doctors explain the vulnerability it creates, was the evidence that made the case understandable.
$170,000.00 Drunk Driving Accident
A former member of MADD’s North Texas advisory board, Hunt has always had a heart for victims of drunk driving. DN is a client whose case obtained city-wide press and TV news coverage because the drunk driver had been “overserved” by the bar he had been drinking at. When it became apparent that the driver was financially unable to pay for the damages he caused, an investigation of the bar was conducted.
During that investigation, it was found that over 16 drinks had been served to the defendant by the same bar in just a few hours. Bars are required to follow safety rules that prevent drunk driving and protect everyone on the road. When those rules are broken, catastrophic injuries and death are foreseeable. When those rules are enforced, all of us are protected. Ultimately, DN was able to be compensated for a fair amount, and safety rules were incorporated at the bar to make sure it never happened again.
$465,000.00 Sexual Harassment/Employment
JD was an 18-year-old female orphan who was living with her grandmother. Her story in not unlike many sexual assault cases where the predator is able to identify vulnerable young lady’s and take advantage of their vulnerabilities. JD was hired by a predator who was able to see that, she was desperate for a job, she had no father to watch over her, and few family members were keeping up with when she came and went.
The predator worked for a well-known drug chain in the Dallas area. The drug chain was aware that the predator had assaulted other young girls prior to the events with JD, yet failed to terminate him. Without going into the graphic details it can be said that the predator took advantage of JD requiring her to quit her job and seek counseling.
The Bonneau Law Firm worked to obtain a settlement that allowed JD to get all the medical and psychological care she needed as well as the lost wages. Hunt Bonneau also insisted that the drug chain be held responsible for firing the predator, and implement safety rules so that this would never happen to someone else. In the end, JD had the resources to start over under brighter circumstances, and the workforce at a certain drug chain in Dallas is a safer place to work.
$1,000,000.00 Construction Site Accident
Client received $500,000.00, after attorney fees and expenses.
$1,000,000.00 Back Injury
Injury was due to a car accident. Client received $550,000.00, after attorney fees, expenses, and medical liens.
$750,000.00 Brain & Spine Injury
Injury was due to a car accident. Client received $425,000.00, after attorney fees, expenses, and medical liens.
$225,000.00 Shopping Mall Parking Lot Slip & Fall
Client received $113,000.00 after attorney fees, expenses, and medical liens.
$500,000.00 Cyclist Hit By Motor Vehicle
Client received $285,000.00 after attorney fees, expenses, medical liens.
$250,000.00 Car Wreck Rear End Collision
Client received $145,000.00 after attorney fees, expenses, and medical liens.