Friday, November 22, 2013

Woman Trampled by Police Horse during Houston Parade Found Liable for Her Injuries

A personal injury case stemming from an incident that occurred four years ago finally reached a resolution through the decision of a jury this week. Kirste Reimers suffered multiple injuries to her mouth and face during the 2009 Houston Pride parade when she was trampled by a police horse. While Reimers insisted she was along the curb and the police officer riding the horse, Patrick Hernandez, should have taken more steps to stop his horse or warn her of the impending collision, the jury seated in a Harris County courtroom thought otherwise.

Reimers was found to be ninety-five percent liable for the injuries she sustained, as the city’s assertion that she was out in the middle of the street and ignored repeated warnings was accepted. This despite the fact that Officer Hernandez’s statements were inconsistent between the time of the original incident and the trial and the much watched amateur video showing a woman standing in the middle of the street was determined during an internal investigation not to be depicting Reimers. As such, Reimers will not be awarded any damages even though she had $21,000 in medical bills.

You never know when an injury is going to occur. It could be walking through a grocery store aisle with a spill that has not been properly marked off and cleaned. Maybe you twist your knee as you make your way across a parking lot that has not been salted following a snowstorm or that ends with an unmarked curb. While these examples might sound silly or frivolous, the pain that you experience and the loss of enjoyment of life you endure as you recover are serious matters.

There is no guarantee that a jury is going to find in your favor. That’s the nature of human involvement in the process. But, you can be sure that if you ask Bertolino LLP to represent you in your personal injury matter, you will not find more aggressive and dedicated counsel. We will work diligently to settle your case with the money you deserve before the suit ever reaches trial. And, if it does, we will be by your side every step of the way until a resolution that meets your needs is reached. Please call us today and let us help you.


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