Trial Successes Proven Track Record of Success in East Texas
Blake Bailey has tried close to 200 jury trials to completion. An overwhelming majority of civil lawsuits are settled before going to trial, so Blake’s career experience is a rare and valuable asset to his clients. He has been awarded over $20,000,000.00 in a single jury verdict. Mr. Bailey has received verdicts on a wide range of cases, including but not limited to medical malpractice, consumer protection, environmental protection, product liability, industrial disease, and automobile accidents.
Matthew Roberts v. E.J. Phillips Jr., No. 05-02700-A
Tried in Smith County 7th District Court in 2007, with the Honorable Judge Kerry L. Russell presiding, Blake won a record breaking deal for his client who was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident in which his motorcycle collided into the side of an SUV that pulled out in front of him. The SUV driver fled the scene after the collision. The plaintiff’s head went through the SUV’s passenger-side front window. He suffered unspeakable injuries and required a multitude of surgeries. Blake secured a $21,343,285.00 settlement. That settlement stands as the single largest settlement ever awarded by a jury verdict in Tyler
Dresser Industries v. Arthur B. Lee, No. D-2213
Tried in the Supreme Court of Texas in 1993, with Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht presiding, Blake fought for his client who had developed various respiratory diseases from continually inhaling silica particulates throughout his 8 years at Tyler Pipe Industries, Inc. This case is a shining example of Mr. Bailey’s persistence when dealing with companies and corporations who try to sidestep their legal obligations. In this case, the manufacturer of the silica dust used at Tyler Pipe Industries provided no warnings of any kind concerning its product, which is lethal over time if continually inhaled. In their defense, the manufacturer claimed that it’s product was so dangerous that the individual’s employer should have provided the warning, but that did not happen. The manufacturer also claimed that a warning label would not have made a difference, as the individual had an “8th grade education” and “had difficulty reading”. Chief Justice Hecht’s opinion rewrote the product safety law in Texas, stating that “certainly a claimant has a burden to prove that a failure to warn constitutes a producing cause of his damages” and “those with the misfortune of having only limited formal education should not be so quickly excluded from an important legal safeguard”.
Tinkle v. Henderson, No. 12-88-00259-CV
Tried in Tyler, Texas’ 12th District Court of Appeals in 1989, with the Honorable Judge Bill Bass presiding, Mr. Bailey brought an appeal on behalf of his client who was denied a settlement in favor of the defendant’s health care provider in a medical malpractice case. The plaintiff underwent an operation on his right shoulder. Afterwards, morphine had been administered to him to help alleviate his post-surgery pain, but the morphine triggered a harsh reaction. The plaintiff was discovered in acute respiratory distress, and his doctors ordered him to be taken to the intensive care unit. To make matters worse, his arrival was delayed because his bed would not fit into the elevator. After further delay, a stretcher was summoned and Tinkle was finally brought to intensive care. He was also without oxygen during this entire transfer, leaving him mentally incapacitated to the point that he has not been able to handle his own affairs since the incident. The defendant hospital contended that the plaintiff’s claim was barred because of his failure to give notice to the hospital, and won, but ultimately Blake flipped the judgment in the favor of his client in the Court of Appeals.