No. DC-15-09782 Seebachan v. John Eagle Collision Ctr, John Eagle Collision Center A/K/A John Eagle Lincoln-Mercury-Aston Martin, L.P., Huffines Kia A/K/A Huffines Denton Autos, Inc.
Partner Jaime A. Saenz, along with Foster Reese, III of the Law Officers of Gallerson & Yates, defended John Eagle Collision CTR (“John Eagle”) in a personal injury lawsuit filed on behalf of Matthew Seebachan and Marcia Seebachan in the 192nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas. The lawsuit arose from a two-vehicle collision on December 21, 2013 between a 2010 Honda Fit driven by the Plaintiff Matthew Seebachan and a 2010 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck driven by Mr. Jack Jordan. The 2010 Honda Fit, due to hail damage, had been previously repaired by John Eagle. The roof panel of the 2010 Honda Fit was replaced with the use of 3M adhesive bonding instead of spot welds as had been recommended by the manufacturer Honda Motor.
Plaintiffs claimed negligence against John Eagle for using the 3M structural adhesive instead of spot welding and that in the subject collision, the roof panel separated from the roof rails, allegedly causing more vehicle structural deformation and far more extensive injuries to the Plaintiffs Matthew Seebachan and Marcia Seebachan. The Plaintiffs suffered significant orthopedic injuries, including carotid artery dissections, with Marcia Seebachan sustaining an aortic transaction, and Matthew Seebachan sustaining third-degree burns to his lower extremities. The paid past medical expenses exceeded $1 Million. The defense of the case focused on the negligence of Jack Jordan and on the lack of proximate causation of the roof panel separation to the injuries sustained by the Plaintiffs. Both Parties retained liability experts who testified. The case was tried for one week beginning on September 25, 2017. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiffs for $42 Million. The jury assessed Jack Jordan with 25% comparative responsibility and John Eagle with 75% comparative responsibility. Before the jury verdict, the Parties agreed to a confidential high low settlement agreement.