Insurance companies hire extremely skilled, experienced trial attorneys to do their work. None are better than Colin H. O'Neill of Fulbright Winniford who defended Ruben Mora in a lawsuit brought by James Scott Wilson.
Wilson had been accidentally shot by Mora on New Years Eve, January 1, 2011 in Bryan, Texas. Wilson was a roommate of Mora’s who was renting a room in Mora’s home.
Wilson had been awakened (a Recovering Alcoholic, he didn’t celebrate New Years) by the sound of gunfire. Wilson opened the front door and was shot through the lung by Ruben Mora who was highly intoxicated.
As a result of the shooting Wilson, had medical bills of $26,485.00. Mora’s insurance company would not offer more than $7,500.00 to settle all claims. Wilson’s lawyers Lane Thibodeaux and Philip C. Banks took the case to trial on March 30 and March 31 in the 361st District Court.
The jury evaluated the case differently than the Insurance Company. They found Wilson suffered damages in the amount of $124,735.00. Since the Jury gave Wilson 15% contributing negligence this was reduced to $106,024.00.
Wilson’s co-counsel Philip C. Banks said that this was a very fine verdict especially here in Brazos County. Banks explained that he had grown up with James Scott Wilson and “it means a lot to win a case for an old friend.”
Wilson has battled Mental Illness and Drug and Alcohol Addictions most of his life. Banks said that although the Jury knew of Scott’s problems that didn’t affect their evaluation of the evidence.
Scott had terrible life threatening injuries that he has a true verdict for. Scott’s comment was “I am proud to be a friend and client of Philip C. Banks. I was so lucky to hire Philip C. Banks as my attorney. He believed in me and my case and he never gave up; he helped me so much.”