William H. Chamblee and Caleena Svatek Obtain a Take-Nothing Defense Verdict for a Veterinarian and Veterinary Clinic in Wise County, Texas
April 27, 2016
William H. Chamblee and Caleena Svatek obtain a take-nothing defense verdict for a veterinarian and veterinary clinic in Wise County, Texas. The Plaintiffs, owners of a barrel racing horse and breeding operation, alleged damages as a result of their horse suffering from a suspensory ligament tear. Plaintiffs sued the veterinarian and veterinary clinic claiming that Defendants were negligent in the care and treatment of the horse, specifically regarding the use of injections and allowing the horse to be turned out. Plaintiffs sought in excess of $500,000.00. Mr. Chamblee and Ms. Svatek, on behalf of the veterinarian and veterinary clinic, argued that the horse had been suffering from previous veterinary issues unknown and not disclosed to the veterinarian and it was not possible to determine exactly how the horse was injured. After about an hour or so of deliberation, the jury returned a 11-1 defense verdict.