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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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management of high profile and catastrophic claims

Management of High Profile and Catastrophic Claims

Levi G. McCathern, II

Paul A. Grinke

catastrophe defined
Catastrophe Defined
  • A sudden, disastrous event that draws media attention
  • Multiple plaintiffs with life changing or life ending injuries
  • Emotionally charged, sympathy evoking cases
practice facility collapse
PRACTICE FACILITY COLLAPSE

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.

take care of your people
Take Care of Your People
  • Be respectful to those harmed
  • Repair client’s business relationships
  • Show natural concern and compassion for claimants and their families’ well-being
  • Take sincere action
  • Develop and implement policies on post-accident communications with:
    • an injured claimant
    • damaged property owners
    • the decedent's family
acu bus crash
ACU BUS CRASH

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.

specialized counsel strategy
Specialized COUNSEL strategy
  • Versed in applicable law:
  • Preserve corporate and insurance assets
  • Focus on client’s interests and public perception
  • Understand how it will all play out in front of a jury
west texas explosion
West, Texas Explosion

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.

media response
Media Response
  • First hours after a crisis are critical from a liability management standpoint
  • Ensure that your client is in the best position to defend its interests
  • Be respectful to those that have been harmed
  • Portray your company as a good corporate citizen
  • Rebuild your client’s image
  • News coverage may not be nationwide, but still plays a vital role in influencing the community
listeria outbreak
Listeria Outbreak

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

levi g mccathern ii lmccathern@mccathernlaw com paul a grinke pgrinke@ mccathernlaw com
Levi G. McCathern, IIlmccathern@mccathernlaw.comPaul A. Grinkepgrinke@mccathernlaw.com

214.741.2662