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RIP ‘King Of Torts’ Joe Jamail

The noted personal injury attorney and consummate Texan passed away quietly at age 90.

Mr. Jamail received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1953 and built a successful legal practice that included over 100 judgements of at least $1 million. The pinnacle of his career may have been a $10.5 billion (with a “b”) judgement he obtained on behalf of Pennzoil Co. against Texaco, Inc.

Some twenty years later, the man who earned the nickname “king of torts” admitted that he had a hangover during closing arguments in that case, as he was still recovering from a night of drinking with country-western singer Willie Nelson and former Longhorn football coach Darrell Royal. “I tried telling them that this was the biggest damn case of my life—hell, of anybody’s life—and that I needed to prepare. But they weren’t having any part of it,” he recalled. In an unrelated incident, the man UT Law School Dean Ward Farnsworth described as a “larger-than-life figure—a one-of-a-kind Texan” was censured by the Delaware Supreme Court after telling an opposing lawyer that he could “gag a maggot off a meat wagon.”
As a student, Mr. Jamail flunked a torts class at UT Law School.

A Successful Negligence Case
Mr. Jamail’s career proves an important point. Successful recovery in a negligence case depends on having an attorney who can put the pieces together in a persuasive way, because in most cases, all the pieces are already there. The components of a car crash case are:

  • Duty: Typically, drivers have a duty of reasonable care towards one another. At a minimum, they must be capable of safely operating a vehicle, focus on the road, and drive defensively.
  • Breach: Breach of duty is always a fact question. Common breaches include alcohol intoxication, speeding, distracted driving, and fatigued driving.
  • Cause: There must be a logical and direct link between the defendant’s breach and the plaintiff’s damages.
  • Damages: The loss must be a compensable one that is tied to physical injury or property damage; that loss could be economic or noneconomic.

The plaintiff must prove negligence by a preponderance of the evidence, which means more likely than not.
If you or a loved one was hurt or killed due to someone else’s carelessness, contact the aggressive attorneys in Manhattan at Proner & Proner for a free consultation. Our main office is conveniently located across from Grand Central Station.

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