March 13, 2019

Maritime Accident Lawsuits Require Special Legal Training

Q: Who is responsible for maritime accidents? Texas offshore accident attorneys help those working offshore obtain compensation for injuries experienced while working on a shipping vessel, […]
March 13, 2019

Houston Police Encourage Exceeding Bike Safety Laws

During a recent news conference in Houston, Texas, the police demonstrated how they enforce the city’s Safe Passing Ordinance, a law passed in 2013, which requires that drivers give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them.

The police explained that they enforce the ordinance with the use of a C3FT, a device that is mounted on the handlebars of an officer’s bike. The C3FT works by bouncing ultrasonic waves against passing cares to determine how much space they are allowing when passing.

Vulnerable Road Users and Ordinance Enforcement

To date, 53 people have been sited and 33 others have been issued warnings under the law. Since the ordinance has been passed five years ago, 23 cyclists have been killed in Houston.

March 13, 2019

The injury was proximately caused by a wrongful act, omission, or the negligence of a government employee while acting within the scope of employment, if the injury occurred due to the operation or use of a vehicle or motorized equipment; orThe injury was caused by a condition or use of tangible personal or real property, if the government entity would have been personally liable if it were a person.The government entity can further escape liability if it can show the injury was caused by the performance or non-performance of an act that was left to the discretion of the governmental unit. Municipal liability requires adherence to strict notice requirements, with the government entitled to at least six months’ notice following the injury. Contact a personal injury attorney right away for assistance with your government entity related personal injury claim.

Who is liable for accidents occurring on city or state owned property? Water towers stand tall in most towns across Texas, providing a source of water […]
March 13, 2019

Water Tower Accident Kills One in Texas

Who is liable for accidents occurring on city or state owned property? Water towers stand tall in most towns across Texas, providing a source of water […]
March 13, 2019

Dance Lessons Learned in the O.R.

Q: Is dancing in the operating room malpractice or multitasking?

When the music strikes, some people can't resist breaking into a little Texas two-step or other trendy dance moves. But if a surgeon is cutting the rug while cutting the patient in the operating room, a personal injury lawsuit may result.

Recently, a state medical board suspended a surgeon for "being a threat to public health" due to alleged multiple incidents of her hip-hop dancing that were reportedly videotaped during patients’ surgical procedures.

March 13, 2019

Traumatic Brain Injuries Could Now Be Diagnosed with a Blood Test

How can a blood test determine if you have suffered a brain injury?

With millions of Americans suffering from brain injuries every year, diagnosing a brain injury rapidly is of critical importance.  Serious traumatic brain injuries need rapid treatment to prevent potentially long term brain damage or death.  Now, the first blood test designed to diagnose brain injuries has gained approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
March 13, 2019

The Clock Is Ticking

When you have been injured, the only thing you should have to focus on is getting better. But of course that is not how the world works. There are bills to pay, family members to take care of, and the boss wants to know when you will be back on the job.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of life and the struggle to recover you may lose your chance to seek damages from the party that caused your injury. That is why it is critical to talk to an experienced
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March 13, 2019

Texas Dram Shop Laws Impact Personal Injury Lawsuits

What are Dram Shop Laws?

While state laws differ, the general premise of personal injury law holds that those who injure others through their negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions are responsible for the victim’s damages. In a nutshell, if something you did (or failed to do) hurt someone else, you could be civilly sued for monetary damages.

Sometimes, in unique situations, one or more additional persons or entities-- which are a bit further removed from the incident between the victim and the person who injured them-- may also be held partially responsible for the victim’s injuries.
March 13, 2019

Mother Accuses Church of Negligence in Minister’s Molestation of her Son

The mother of a young boy who was molested by a former youth pastor is now suing the church for fraud and negligence, alleging that it aided and abetted the abuse.

Julia Davis’ son was abused by Dalton Lanphier, former youth pastor of Trinity Life Baptist Church. In 2016 he was convicted of multiple felony counts related to child sexual assault and was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

The Abuse Begins

According to Davis’ complaint, Lamphier first began abusing her son when he was in middle school. He allowed him to drive his car and used the opportunity to gain his trust, and abuse him. As the lawsuit states, “through his position as youth minister, Lanphier came to know and gained access to minors and their families. Lanphier then used his position to sexually molest, abuse and assault minors.”

The Church Owed a Duty of Care

Also according to the lawsuit – filed in Dallas County district court in August, and seeking more than $1 million in damages – stems from the fact that the church “owed a duty to protect children from Lanphier, a sexual predator working as a youth minister.” The church has asked to move the suit to federal court.

Lanphier began working for Trinity Life Baptist Church as a youth minister around January 2014. According to the lawsuit, over the next several months, Lanphier used his leadership position at TLBC to routinely visit Brown Middle School in Forney, Texas, during lunchtime, where he would entice students into his vehicle with the lure of allowing them to drive around the campus parking lot” before sexually assaulting them.