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Monday, May 1, 2017

Shipping Company Settles Several Wrongful Death Lawsuits Following Tragic Maritime Disaster


In October 2015, as hurricane Joaquin bore down on the Gulf Coast states, Puerto Rico-based cargo shipping company Totes Services made the doomed decision to send its El Faro vessel from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico – despite high winds and unsafe conditions in the seas. Tragically, 33 seamen lost their lives that fateful day when the ship lost all electric power and eventually succumbed to the depths of the ocean. The incident, deemed by the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board as one of the


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Texas Family Sues Apple Following ‘Face Time’ Death


A Texas family has initiated a lawsuit against the technology giant Apple following the death of their five-year old daughter as a result of a horrific motor vehicle crash. According to documents released so far, the family claims it was involved in the collision due to the fact the other driver was actively using the ‘Face Time’ app while driving in traffic. The plaintiffs claim that, but for the use of the app, the entire accident would have likely been avoided.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Tragic Apartment Fire Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuit


The laws of negligence assign liability to anyone who acts unreasonably and carelessly, causing injury and harm to another person. In most cases, there is no need for the responsible party to have acted intentionally, so long as their actions represent a deviation from reasonably “prudent” (i.e., careful) conduct. In some cases, negligent conduct results in the death of the victim from the injuries sustained in the accident.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Considers Controversial Wrongful Death Case


 Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a hotly-contested wrongful death case involving the tragic death of a student at the University of Incarnate Word. When it came down to the central issues in the case, however, the court recognized the scant precedent on the matter – and heavily questioned counsel for both the University and the estate of the decedent.

According to the facts as presented at the trial level, the deceased student was shot and killed by a Corporal for the University’s on-campus security team.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Circuit Court Makes Final Decision in $32 Million Domino’s Pizza Injury Case


Under the laws of personal injury and negligence, an employer can be liable for the misdeeds of its employee if (i) the employee was acting within the scope of his or her employment duties, and (ii) the facts surrounding the injury were reasonably foreseeable. Keeping this in mind, consider the recent final decision issued by the Texas Supreme Court reversing a $32 million judgment against Domino’s Pizza, as the Court ultimately held that the pizza chain cannot be held liable for such an unforeseeable, random event as that detailed below.

In 2013, a Jefferson County jury awarded $32 million to the estates of a married couple killed in a head-on collision caused by a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver. According to the facts presented at trial, the driver inexplicably crossed over the center line of a two-land roadway, killing the oncoming driver and passenger. After tying the driver’s misconduct to his employer, the jury concluded that Domino’s was ultimately responsible for the


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Texas Woman Files $15 million Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Healthcare Providers


The death of a loved one can come as a major shock and surprise, particularly to close family members. When the death occurs at the hands of a hospital or nursing home – which are meant to help heal and protect – the loss can be even more devastating. Thankfully, if neglect is suspected, grieving loved ones have the opportunity to file a wrongful death action against the alleged responsible party.

Earlier this year, a woman from Texas filed a


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges Major Asbestos Exposure


For nearly a century, asbestos has been linked with deadly respiratory cancer and disease, causing many manufacturers and industrial companies to shell out millions in injury claims and settlements. Now, decades later, injury victims are continuing to come forward with allegations of unbeknownst exposure, and demanding employers compensate for the personal and financial toll.

On October 5th of this year, a representative of the estate of a recently deceased Jefferson County man filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging exposure to asbestos – which the family believes ultimately killed the man.


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Grieving Mother Receives $50 million Payout on Behalf of Son Pushed in Front of DART Bus


Following a truly heinous chain of events, a grieving Dallas-area woman was awarded $50 million in a wrongful death lawsuit seeking redress on behalf of her child who was fatally pushed in front of a DART bus in 2011. Though she only originally sought $20 million on behalf of her son, the woman ultimately received more than double that amount after a jury heard testimony describing the horrific attack the child endured immediately prior to his demise. All in all, the court concluded that the perpetrators were grossly negligent and acted with conscious disregard of human life – resulting in the historic eight-figure judgment.


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

General Motors Prevails in Ignition Switch 'Bellwether' Trials


By now, you have undoubtedly heard of the ignition switch problems plaguing General Motors – which have lead to hundreds of injury and property damage claims across the United States. As a refresher, millions of General Motors models were implanted with a defective ignition switch which could actually cause the vehicles to turn off while in motion. Of course, the sudden loss of power can cause serious accidents, particularly for vehicles traveling at high rates of speed on highways and interstates. So far, the defect is implicated in 124 deaths and 275 injuries.

As a result of the widespread harm, victims of the defective switches filed lawsuits against the company for damages.


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Who is to Blame for Inmate’s Suicide after Questionable Traffic Stop?


Can I file a claim for damages as a result of my loved one’s death while in police custody or prison?

The current state of heightened tension and violence between members of the public and police officers across America has brought an increased level of stress to both parties involved in a routine traffic stop. Dash-cam footage and amateur videos shared on social media and news outlets bring police officers’ often split-second decisions into question and invite debate on issues including overreaching, profiling, and appropriateness of the use of force.

When a traffic stop goes awry, injuries or death to the public (or the police officer) may result immediately or subsequent to the arrest. What is considered justifiable cause for a traffic stop and proper use of force or restraint during one?  What is the proper standard of care and supervision of prisoners during their incarceration?

These questions are raised in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of a woman whose traffic stop in July, 2015, for failing to signal a lane change led to her incarceration and apparent suicide by hanging in her Waller County Jail cell three days after her traffic stop.

The mother alleges that the public safety officer, who ordered the woman out of the car and claimed she was combative, overreached his authority during the questionable traffic stop and arrest.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Death by Personal Injury: What Are the Chances?


Though we all know that death will eventually come to us and that, no matter how proactive we are about our health and safety, it may come suddenly and unexpectedly, we have no choice but to go living our lives. At times, we all experience anxiety about the risks inherent in the process. In a world where terrorist attacks have become all too common, we cannot help but worry about being attacked in the midst of any average day: in the mall, the airport, at school, at the movies, in the nightclub. Things that we do less frequently -- like taking trips, going on daring adventures, undergoing surgery, living through extreme weather events -- only raise our level of anxiety.

According to the National Safety Council, many of our worries are disproportionate to the risks involved.


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