GONZALO JOSEPH BARRIENTOS

Joseph Barrientos has extensive experience in product liability, negligence, premises, automotive and heavy truck cases involving catastrophic injury and death. He has fought for justice against powerful companies, including Zachry Construction, Duke Energy, Kenworth, Ford, General Motors, Firestone, Michelin, Sears, Union Pacific Railroad and many others.

Prior to joining HMG, Mr. Barrientos was a felony prosecutor with the Travis County DA’s Office and chief prosecuting attorney in the 147th Judicial District Court. After his prosecutorial career, he spent over 20 years representing the catastrophically injured and their families, obtaining verdicts and settlements against big corporations.

MR. BARRIENTOS’ high-profile CASES include:

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Gary Benes vs. Drilling Structures International and Penn Virginia Oil & Gas, L.P. – Gary Benes was a 29 year old roughneck working for a south Texas drilling company when he was injured. Mr. Benes suffered a traumatic amputation of his right foot when it was crushed by a top-drive oil derrick as the block travelled past an unguarded area adjacent to the monkey board as he was performing repairs. The injury later required the amputation of his leg below the knee. Represented by HMG's John Martinez, Todd Hunter, Jr. and Joseph Barrientos, Mr. Benes sought to prove that the top-drive design of the derrick was defective and unreasonably dangerous in that it allowed the large, unguarded block to travel immediately next to an access ladder and walkway used by workers in their daily duties. The Defendant companies entered into confidential settlements with Gary Benes prior to trial in Harris County, Texas.

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Clayton Burnett v. Terex-DeMag – This case involved Clayton Burnett, a 24 year old laborer from Louisiana who was seriously injured while working in Texas on a German made crane being used to erect wind farm turbines. As the crane was being rigged down, the weld on a metal eyelet failed and caused the crane to shift. Burnett fell some 20 feet to the ground and suffered orthopedic and head injuries that resulted in a permanent loss of his sense of smell. The subject eyelet weld failed to meet the manufacturer’s own standards and was described by an expert metallurgist as defective. At the jury trial in Nueces County, Mr. Burnett was represented by Kevin Queenan of the Queenan Law Firm in Fort Worth and Joseph Barrientos of HMG. The jury found the crane manufacturer responsible and returned a verdict awarding damages to Mr. Burnett.

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Patricio Soliz, et al v. Kenworth Truck Company – Mr. Barrientos helped negotiate a confidential settlement with Kenworth on behalf of the family of Mr. Soliz, who was killed in an accident caused by a faulty engine brake. The Kenworth truck was equipped with a “Jake Brake,” but lacked a fail-safe switch to deactivate this engine brake when the trailer’s wheels began to spin faster than the tractor’s wheels, resulting in a jack-knife and the fatal collision.

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John Caballero v. Esenjay Petroleum Corporation – 40-year-old oilfield service worker suffered catastrophic injuries when he was struck by a high-pressure stream of drilling mud released by an improperly secured valve. Mr. Barrientos and David L. Perry took the premises liability case to trial in Nueces County, Texas where they won a verdict for the injured man and his family.

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Rosalinda Gomez v. Builder’s Square – Ms. Gomez, a 39-year-old nurse, was struck in the head by falling merchandise at a Nueces County Builder’s Square. The incident caused serious injury that will impair the victim for the rest of her life. Working with David L. Perry, Mr. Barrientos obtained a jury verdict in favor of Ms. Gomez.

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Sara Cruz, et al v. Michelin – A head-on auto collision that killed six people was caused by a defective Michelin tire. During the jury trial the Court granted a motion to compel documents against Michelin and found that Michelin contrived to prevent former Michelin employees from speaking with Plaintiff’s counsel. Mr. Barrientos, working with Mikal Watts, overcame these obstacles to win a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs.

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Grusenmeyer/Ibarra v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. – Because Sears’ Automotive Center’s faulty tire service and maintenance practices contributed to the failure that caused the fatal accident described (Sara Cruz et al v. Michelin) Mr. Barrientos and Mr. Watts brought a product liability and negligence action to jury trial. Their efforts resulted in a jury verdict for the plaintiffs.

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Ocampo v. T&D Moravits Construction – Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in Webb County, Texas in a fatal motor vehicle collision case tried with Mikal Watts, in which they represented the decedent’s surviving children.

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Adames v. Texas Department of Corrections — Mr. Adames was an inmate in a Texas Department of Corrections facility when he was stabbed 13 times by another prisoner. Two factors contributed to this criminal attack: a faulty cell door security system that allowed prisoners to rig the doors and leave their cells at will, and the prison administration’s failure to protect Mr. Adames, even though they knew of threats against him. Mr. Barrientos and Mr. Watts’ were appointed by a Federal Judge to pursue the civil rights case, which resulted in a jury verdict, including punitive damages against prison officials.

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