Premises Liability

  • Reagan v. Vaughn changed the law in Texas when the Texas Supreme Court recognized, for the first time, that if a parent’s injury is “serious, permanent and disabling,” a child (both minor and adult children) may recover for the loss of the relationship with their parent. After David Reagan was struck in the head by a baseball bat swung by a bar manager trying to break up a fight, David (now functioning at a six- or seven-year-old level due to the traumatic brain injury) and his daughter hired Fred Hagans to sue the Pasadena bar. After winning at trial, and receiving a verdict for the loss a child incurred from the relationship with an injured father, the appellate process began. Fred Hagans handled the case from the trial court all the way through briefing and oral argument at the Texas Supreme Court.
  • A prominent personal injury lawyer was teaching Houston lawyers about his experience with focus groups and how to get the most out of them when he suddenly fell backwards. The stage he was sitting on top of had not been latched together and the chair he was in fell between the two parts of the stage. The lawyer sued the owners of the hotel where he was speaking but soon hired HMH. After reaching a settlement that helped fund a charitable venture the lawyer was involved in, the lawyer wrote that he had never thought about all he had been through—or what his own clients must go through—until Fred Hagans and William Hagans spent two days with him at his house in Florida digging into the details of his injuries.