Voss Law Firm scores hail trial win in Hidalgo County

By David Yates | Apr 12, 2016


HOUSTON - Attorneys at The Voss Law Firm recently secured another win in their insurance trial practice.

Last May, Voss attorneys Scott Hunziker and Zach Moseley obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a policyholder against his insurance carrier State Farm. The case was tried to a jury in a Houston federal court, according to a press release.

The jury found State Farm refused to honor the insurance policy with the plaintiff. The victory was consistent with Texas law and was a great result for a great client, the press release states.

More recently, The Voss Law Firm secured another victory in in Hidalgo County District Court.

The matter of Ismeal Garcia v. USAA, was pending in state court in Edinburg, where it was tried on Feb. 22 by Voss attorneys Hunziker and Brittene Wilson.

The plaintiff, a local police officer, and former marine serving in Iraq, had suffered severe damage to the roof and exterior of his home, after a large hailstorm that ravaged the entire area in the spring of 2012, the press release states.

After giving timely notice to USAA, his insurance company, the claim was wrongfully denied as allegedly being due to factors other than the covered hail event, the press release stated.

Forced to bring his matter to a lawyer, and to demand a jury trial, Officer Garcia chose The Voss Law Firm as his advocates after researching attorneys in the field. He came to the conclusion that he wanted Texas lawyers fighting his Texas case, the press release states.

The press release says other out of state lawyers, like those from Florida who poach cases from Texas, were not up to speed on Texas law and procedure, so the client decided to pull the trigger and proceed with the experienced attorneys at Voss Law Firm.

In the suit, Officer Garcia claimed that he should have been paid all such damages and attorneys fees he was owed pursuant to his insurance policy with USAA, and the jury agreed.

Officer Garcia prevailed. On Feb. 26 a Hidalgo County jury returned a verdict in favor of the policyholder, and a fellow member of their community.

Officer Garcia was awarded full damages for his roof replacement, and related exterior losses, as well as all of his attorney’s fees.

“Our attorneys will also be seeking pre-judgment interest on the entire award, based upon the duration of time between the claim being filed, and the verdict being rendered," Hunziker said, adding that the firm congratulates Officer Garcia for his courage and fortitude in trusting the trial process, and for his confidence in The Voss Law Firm.

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