Trailer Truck Nightmare Accidents
On June 13, 2006, Elizabeth Libby Kellum, a 22-year-old Austin College graduate, was driving on U.S. Highway 75 when she was recklessly run over by an 80,000 lb. tractor-trailer driven by an unqualified driver. Libby miraculously survived. This is her story from near death to her amazing medical recovery and how her lawyers, Joel Fineberg and Dean Gresham, took on Big Business and their insurance companies to fight for her justice in the case of Kellum v. Allied Van Lines et al.
When Libby took evasive action to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer that swerved into her lane, she was struck by another tractor-trailer. The collision left her on the brink of death. As a result of the accident, she now suffers permanent brain injury. Libby's parents, individually and on her behalf, sued the two drivers and their respective employers, alleging, among other claims, that the employers failed to perform appropriate background checks of the drivers-which would have revealed numerous citations for driving under the influence, reckless driving, and speeding-failed to have appropriate policies, procedures, and screening for the hiring and retention of truck drivers; and allowed unfit drivers to operate commercial tracks. The drivers also allegedly failed to maintain a proper lookout and failed to obey local, state, and federal laws involving the operation of a motor vehicle.
Joel M. Fineberg has built a recognized national practice representing plaintiffs in sophisticated commercial contingency and patent infringement litigation as well as class actions, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases resulting from work place, aircraft and truck accidents. Recovering multi-million dollar verdicts for his corporate and individual clients, Joel has built an unparalleled reputation as a dedicated advocate on behalf of his clients' rights. Recognized for his talent and dedication, Joel was named one of Texas' best lawyers and a Texas Super Lawyer for four years in a row by various legal and consumer magazines such as Texas Monthly, Texas Super Lawyers and D Magazine. Joel also serves as a director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of both the Texas and Dallas Bar Associations, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is a graduate of Emory University and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Dean Gresham is a talented lawyer that brings unique insight and a creative approach to high-stakes commercial, class action, and personal injury litigation. Dean's dedication to his clients as well as his attention to detail and an innovative approach to legal analysis has resulted in significant multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients. His keen ability to analyze complicated legal issues and provide unique, creative solutions to legal problems that other lawyers consider to be unsolvable is the reason Dean is considered one of the top lawyers in Texas. After the horrific attack on our Country on September 11, 2001, Dean joined forces with other trial lawyers across the country in what has been described as "the largest pro bono project in our nation's history." Through the Trial Lawyers Care program, he provided free legal representation to victims and their families of the September 11 tragedy. Dean was one of the few lawyers who provided legal representation to over 1,700 victims and their families---over $200 million in legal services provided absolutely free of charge. A native Texan, Dean earned his law degree, cum laude, from South Texas College of Law where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence award for outstanding achievement in the study of Conflict of Laws and Legal Research & Writing.
Fineberg : Gresham handles sophisticated commercial, intellectual property, and class-action litigation on a contingent fee basis. From time to time and when the facts are egregious enough, Fineberg/Gresham will accept catastrophic injury and death cases arising out of workplace injuries, truck wrecks and defective products. The attorneys at Fineberg/Gresham have a single goal: the relentless pursuit of justice. The firm approaches cases with an unmatched aggressiveness, tenacity, preparation and creativity, which accounts for the exceptional results they often obtain with unprecedented speed. The firm represents companies and individuals in a wide variety of areas and has obtained significant, multimillion-dollar recoveries over the years.
You can contact Mr. Fineberg and Mr. Gresham at 214-219-8828, or www.fineberglaw.com