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Friday, December 15, 2017

What is a Subpoena?

A subpoena is a formal demand to appear in court, appear for a deposition, or provide documents. It is an order of the court that must be followed. Failure to adhere to the requirements of a subpoena may result in a civil contempt of court proceeding, which is both time-consuming and may result in fines.

If you read the subpoena carefully, it should provide all of the instructions and information you need to comply.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Black Friday Accidents


How can I protect myself from Black Friday injuries?

Black Friday, the number one shopping day of the year, can draw thousands of frantic shoppers to malls and other popular retail stores.  As you hunt for a parking spot and fight your way through the holiday crowds, you should remain aware of the possibility of injury.  The following is a look at some of the most common Black Friday accidents and how you can protect yourself.

  1. Parking lot car accidents:  According to Farmers Insurance, the number of parking lot accidents increases 25 percent on Black Friday, when compared to an average Friday.  Black Friday leads to crowded parking lots and parking chaos.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Texas Dram Shop Lawsuit after Drunk Stripper Kills Cop


Q: Is a bar or tavern owner liable for a drunk driving death caused by one who drank there then drove?

He died while on duty when his patrol car was struck "nearly head on by a drunken driver" who had just left her shift as a stripper. The hero police officer reportedly "took the hit for another citizen who was coming behind him."  He is survived by his reported common-law wife and their young son, who have commenced a wrongful death lawsuit against the stripper and the strip club owners.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Texas


Virtually every legal cause of action has a “time limit” by which you must assert your claim. Failing to bring your legal case before this time runs out will bar your claim forever. This time limit is commonly known as the “Statute of Limitations,” because the restriction is specifically set out by statute. 

The amount of time that you have to sue the defendant will vary depending on the type of claim that you want to assert. Read more . . .


Friday, November 17, 2017

Head Injuries in Car Accidents


Car accidents commonly cause head injuries. These injuries can range in severity from extremely minor to those that may even result in death. In fact, more than half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an auto accident.


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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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