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.
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