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In his impressive legal career, Kerry Guidry has amassed several noteworthy cases. Please read below for more information on the following cases:

Workplace safety/non-subscriber/wrongful death

  • Cause No. 06-07-18382; Manuela Varela, et al. v. Igloo Products Corporation; in the 155th Judicial District Court of Waller County, Texas. Kerry M. Guidry and Robert S. Kwok.

In June 2006, Mr. Joel Varela, husband and father of five, was working at Igloo Products Corporation manufacturing plant in Katy, Texas when he attempted to repair an extrusion blow-mold machine used to make the mold for Igloo coolers. While inside the machine, it unexpectedly closed and crushed Mr. Varela to death. There was no lock out/tag out procedure in place, and the safety mechanisms were installed improperly. The case settled in March 2008, for a confidential amount that will take care of Mr. Varela’s family for the rest of their lives.

Workplace safety/wrongful death

  • The Estate of Rene Cardona v. BP, in the 212 Judicial District Court of Galveston County, Texas. Robert S. Kwok and Kerry M. Guidry.

In March 2005, there was a horrific explosion at the BP Texas City plant that killed 15 people and injured thousands of others. Mr. Rene Cardona, father of two young children, was working at the plant at the time and survived the explosion. However, six weeks later he committed suicide. World renowned psychiatrist Dr. Richard Pesikoff offered his opinion that Mr. Cardona’s depression and post-traumatic stress were related to the tragic explosion and the resulting hardships, all of which ultimately led to Mr. Cardona taking his own life. The case settled after voir dire of over 300 Galveston County panelists for a confidential amount that provides financial security for Mr. Cardona’s two children for the remainder of their lives.

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Workplace safety/non-subscriber/burn injuries

  • Cause No. 2007-14879, Hector Vasquez v. MMI Products, Inc. d/b/a Merchants Metals, Inc. and Tonatco Cryogenic Services, Inc., in the 165th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Kerry M. Guidry.

In September 2005, Hector Vasquez was working at MMI’s fence manufacturing plant in the course and scope of his employment with Tonatco Cryogenic Services. He was installing metal tubing up and around a zinc kettle machine which housed molten zinc at 860-degree temperatures in an open trough. The zinc kettle had no warning signs or railings around the trough. Although Mr. Vasquez was told to stay off the machine, he stepped on it and slipped into the molten zinc, suffering third degree burns to his right foot and leg. He underwent multiple surgeries. The defendant tripled its mediation offer and his case settled for a confidential amount after three days of trial.

Workplace safety/non-subscriber/knee and back surgery

  • Cause No. 2005-16034; Maria Torres vs. Fiesta Mart, Inc.; in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Kerry M. Guidry.

On May 27, 2003, Ms. Torres was working for Fiesta as a promotions coordinator. She was in the home office of Fiesta picking up supplies. Fiesta’s cleaning crew was mopping the floors using a defective industrial mop. They also failed to post any caution or wet floor signs. As Ms. Torres was walking down the hall, she slipped and fell. She suffered torn ligaments in her knee and herniated discs in her lower back. She underwent two knee surgeries and back surgery and could not return to work. Suit was filed against Fiesta for failure to provide a safe work place. The case settled for a confidential amount just weeks before trial.

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Railroad crossing fatality/wrongful death

  • The Estate of Arnold Caldwell v. Union Pacific, in the 348th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas. Kerry M. Guidry and Robert S. Kwok.

In October 2006, Mr. Caldwell, father of six, was operating a garbage truck in the course and scope of his employment with Knight Waste Services. He approached the railroad grade crossing on East Butler Street, which had only cross buck signs. As he attempted to drive over the crossing, his vehicle was struck by a Union Pacific train. He was transported to the hospital where he died days later. Suit was filed against UP for failure to install adequate warnings at the crossing. The case settled in June 2008 for a confidential amount.

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Automobile collision/neck surgery

  • Cause No. 05-CV-0138; Lawrence Williams, Jr. vs. Jerry Oliver and Deavers Construction, L.P.; in the 56th Judicial District of Galveston County, Texas. Kerry M. Guidry and Robert S. Kwok.

In March 29, 2004, Lawrence Williams was in a work truck traveling to a project during his employment with AT&T. He was rear ended by Jerry Oliver, who was working for Deavers Construction, L.P. As a result, Mr. Williams underwent surgery and hardware installed in his neck to repair herniated discs. His case settled at mediation for a confidential amount.

Automobile collision/rotator cuff surgery

  • Cause No. 2005-35324; Brenda Himes-Lewis vs. Sahina Maknojia; in the 55th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Kerry M. Guidry and William Hoke.

On July 15, 2003, Ms. Himes-Lewis was rear ended in a minor impact collision. She braced for impact by gripping the steering wheel and as a result suffered a torn rotator cuff. She underwent surgery to repair it and nearly a year of rehab following surgery. The defendant had an insurance policy of $25,000 and offered only $18,000 prior to trial. The case was tried in February 2007 and we received a verdict and judgment that totaled $100,375.60. Ms. Himes-Lewis’ UIM carrier also tendered their $25,000 after the judgment was signed. After paying off her medical bills, attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses, Ms. Himes-Lewis netted $30,792.45.

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Located in Houston, Kerry Guidry represents clients in personal injury lawsuits and business litigation cases throughout Texas. For skilled, experienced legal counsel, contact The Guidry Law Firm today.