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Victims of Family Violence or Misconduct Shouldn't Ignore Their Tort Claims

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The commission of an actionable tort frequently occurs in the context of, or is the impetus for, a divorce or child custody proceeding. Some examples of potential torts that you may encounter are: (1) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; (2) Assault and Battery; (3) Defamation of Character; and (4) Invasion of Privacy. In Texas-unlike some states-tort and matrimonial actions can be joined in one action. In other words, you may be able to recover for your physical and emotional injuries in the same proceeding as the divorce.

What to Do if You Are Hurt on the Job and Your Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Comp

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In most states and with most employers, if you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits under most circumstances regardless of who was at fault for the injury. However, Texas is the only state that does not require employers to provide workers' compensation benefits to their injured employees.

Shooter Opens Fire on Church's Sunday Service

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On November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles outside of San Antonio. This mass shooting took place during the church's Sunday service. The shooting killed 26 people and injured 20 others and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

Truck Rollover Snarls Traffic

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Recently, a tractor-trailer overturned while taking the ramp from inbound on the Southwest Freeway to southbound on the West Loop 610. Fortunately, the driver was not injured, but his load of cotton was strewn upon the highway, and some fell to the ramp below, blocking traffic for five hours.

AAA Study Reveals Dangers of Touch Screen and Voice Command Vehicle Technology

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According to a recent study funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study, drivers using in-vehicle technologies such as touch screens and voice commands take their eyes and mental focus off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time. The technology, referred to as infotainment technology, allows drivers to use touch screens or voice commands to provide directions, play music, and place phone calls, among other options. Many of the latest systems also now allow drivers to perform tasks unrelated to driving like surfing the web, checking social media, or sending a text message.

Former OU Student and Son of Cowboy's Legend Sues Fraternity for Brain Injuries

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Blake Novacek, son of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, is suing Oklahoma University-based fraternity Beta Theta Pi and affiliated organizations for significant injuries he sustained after he was hit by a baseball bat in a hazing ritual. According to the lawsuit, Novacek is seeking monetary relief of more than $150,000 from Beta Theta Pi, Beta Theta Pi Corporation of Oklahoma, the Gamma Phi (OU) Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, as well as Shane Muselmann and Gavin Martindale, two members of the Gamma Phi Chapter who were allegedly involved in the incident.

Man Sues Pharmacy Over Wrong Prescription

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In 2013, Anthony Gonzales was injured in a car wreck. He was prescribed cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. In 2014, Mr. Gonzales had his prescription filled at Walgreens. According to his lawsuit, the pharmacist instead gave him Xanax, which belonged to another man with the same name. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It has been linked to suicidal tendencies in some individuals.

How Safe Is Your Child's Day Care?

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Millions of parents across the country drop their children off at day care every day.

Choosing a day care or child care facility is a decision that most parents make with extreme care. Many factors may go into make that decision: location, cost, number of children, ratio of staff to children, ages of children, and most important, safety.

Steering Wheel Issues

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Steering wheels are used every single time we drive around town. However, many of us just assume that this critical component on our cars will operate safely. Every day, we rotate them to the left and right to guide our vehicles where we intend for them to go. Not once do we consider the fact that our steering system is comprised of mechanical parts that can potentially fail. Imagine if your steering wheel were to fail, you would have absolutely no control over where your vehicle was heading. While this is a scary thought, you may be telling yourself, "that will never happen!" You may need to think again.

Ford Recalls Over 1 Million Trucks

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Ford is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.A, Canada, and Mexico because of a defect that causes a door to open while driving, placing customers at serious risk of injury. The company reported that a frozen door latch or a bent actuation cable may prevent a door from closing or opening. However, if a customer is able to open and close such a door, the door may appear closed while the latch is not fully engaged, allowing the door to open while driving. This defect only affects F-150 and Super Duty Ford Trucks.

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