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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Greek Life and Wrongful Death


Who is liable when a fraternity or sorority member dies at the fraternity/sorority house?

The family of a Texas A&M University student who died as a result of an overdose recently filed suit against the Sigma Nu fraternity house.  In the wrongful death lawsuit, the family of the deceased student named the fraternity itself and several of its members as defendants.  Anton Gridnev was found dead inside the Sigma Nu chapter house.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Texting While Driving Law Change in Texas

Q: Will the new texting while driving law reduce accidents and personal injury claims?

Texas car accidents can be caused by a number of factors including driving while intoxicated, speeding, aggressive driving, weather conditions, mechanical defects, and more.


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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bar Owner Liability: Dram Shop Law Basics in Texas


Liability in a drunk driving accident may go beyond the driver him or herself. Legal responsibility may extend to those who provided the driver with alcohol in some situations. This is important because some insurance companies will not pay for claims when their insured was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In those situations, the driver may not be able to personally pay for all of your losses associated with the accident.

Texas, like all other states, will hold a bar or other drinking establishment legally responsible for a drunk driving accident if certain conditions are met.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Calculating Damages for Pain and Suffering in Texas


Many of the damages in personal injury cases are the same. They usually involve medical bills, lost wages from being away from work, and pain and suffering. You may also have other damages as well, such as property damage and loss of enjoyment of life.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Texas Chemical Plant Explosion Raises Safety Questions


Could the Crosby, Texas chemical plant explosion have been prevented?

Following Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a devastating Category 4 storm, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas was rocked by two explosions.  The plant produces liquid organic peroxides that are used mainly in the making of plastic.  Due to the nature of the peroxides, when the molecules become heated enough, they start to break down, generating heat and leading to fires.  After Harvey, the floodwaters caused the plant to lose power.  Its backup generators failed, and everyone in the immediate vicinity was evacuated.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Houston Insureds, We Have a Problem

Q: How will a new Texas insurance law impact Hurricane Harvey victims?

“Texas” and "Big" have always gone together. So, it didn't surprise any locals that in response to the catastrophic damage Hurricane Harvey dealt to the Houston area, Texans showed the world how big our hearts are by coming together to help our neighbors.

But will our insurance companies be there for us?


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Preserving Your Claim After a Car Accident


If you have been involved in a car crash that was the fault of someone else, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses related to the accident. However, getting compensated for your damages or losses is not automatic. You must present and prove your case to show the court (or an insurance company) that you are entitled to relief. This process can take considerable time and effort, and failing to show just one element of your claim can completely undermine your case.

It is critical to take the time to collect evidence and information regarding your accident as soon as you can after the collision occurs.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Dangers of Eating While Driving

Is it illegal to eat and drive in Texas?

Eating while driving is an often unrecognized danger for drivers across Texas and the rest of the nation. While most of us realize that texting and driving is illegal and hazardous, we may not be aware that we can put ourselves and others in immense danger by attempting to eat and drive.  Distracted driving is said to be the cause of about a quarter of all car accidents, but many believe the true figure is far higher due to difficulties in identifying distracted drivers.  Before you eat while driving again, take a look at some frightening facts about eating and driving below.  If you or a loved one is injured in a distracted driving car accident...


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Texas Lawmakers May Soon Eliminate Local Texting Laws


Is it illegal to text and drive in Texas?

While most other states have had a ban on texting and driving in place for years, Texas has just recently adopted such a measure.  Texting while driving is known to be incredibly dangerous, not just for the texting driver, but for all other road users as well.  According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 1,600,000 accidents are caused by texting each year, resulting in over 330,000 injuries and thousands of deaths.  Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash.  Yet despite widespread knowledge of the dangers of distracted driving, drivers of all ages continue to engage in this hazardous behavior.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Golf Cart-Related Injuries


Golf carts are slow-moving vehicles, but that does not mean that they cannot cause injuries. In fact, golf car accidents are more common than you might think, and they can result in severe and even life-threatening injuries. If you have been injured while riding or driving a golf cart, you may have a legal claim. Our team can help you understand your options.

Prevalence of Golf Cart Accidents

There are approximately 15,000 golf cart accidents in the United States every year that lead to a trip to the hospital.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Wrongful Death at Denny’s?


Q: Can a wrongful death lawsuit stem from a criminal activity?

Someone going to a Denny's restaurant might order a slam from the menu. What they would not expect would be a fatal chokehold on the side. But that's exactly what was reportedly served up to one man at the popular chain one night. And it wasn’t delivered by the staff.

The


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