Management of High Profile and Catastrophic Claims. Levi G. McCathern, II Paul A. Grinke. Catastrophe Defined. A sudden, disastrous event that draws media attention Multiple plaintiffs with life changing or life ending injuries Emotionally charged, sympathy evoking cases.
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Levi G. McCathern, II
Paul A. Grinke
Sudden wind storm caused Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility to topple during rookie mini-camp in May 2009.
Falling debris severed the spinal cord of a team scout, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, and broke another coach‘s neck. Ten other people were injured.
In November 2011, a bus carrying Abilene Christian University students to a Texas children’s home for a weekend of missionary work lost control on a highway Friday and overturned, killing a 19-year-old student and injuring all 15 other people onboard, four of them critically.
In April 2013, a fire at West Fertilizer Co. ignited stores of ammonium nitrate that detonated with the force of a small earthquake. Fifteen people died. Hundreds more were injured.
In 2002, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. recalled 27.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and turkey products in the largest meat recall in the nation's history after testing found the presence of listeriamonocytogenes. The bacteria causes an estimated 2,500 cases of flu-like illness and 500 deaths annually.
In 2011, Jensen Farms grew listeria-contaminated cantaloupe in an outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide and sickened hundreds more