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Harris County Resident Suffers Serious Injury to Leg at a Family Dollar Store

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On October 21, 2019, a Harris County resident filed a complaint against Family Dollar Stores of Texas, LLC, Family Dollar Inc., and Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., alleging injuries sustained to his leg.

Family of Parkgoer Paralyzed on Water Slide Sues Universal Studios

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James Bowen, a 47-year-old man from New York alleges he was paralyzed and almost drowned at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay. Bowen decided to race his seven and thirteen-year-old daughters down a ride called the Punga Racers. Bowen climbed to the top of the Punga Racers with his daughters, passing multiple checks on the way. Once arriving at the top of the slide, Bowen followed a Universal Employee's instructions to lie with his stomach on a mat and go down the slide headfirst. When Bowen arrived at the bottom of the slide, his head hit a wall of water that caused his head to snap back violently. The impact caused a compression in Bowen's spine which left him paralyzed, floating face down in the water.

Drunk Driving Arrests Sharply Increase in Houston - A Troubling Epidemic

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Houston has a major problem with the growing number of drunk drivers on its roads. Over 12,000 drunk driving arrests have been made in Houston through September, which is already 1,500 more arrests than were made in all of 2018. Considering that Harris County had the highest number of fatal DWI crashes in 2018, the growth in the number of DWI arrests likely means a growth in the number of DWI-related injuries and deaths, tragic consequences of driving drunk.

In an interview with KHOU11, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, "We definitely have an epidemic here." In response to this epidemic, the District Attorney's office is considering harsher penalties for DWIs, especially for repeat offenders. Officials are also more closely scrutinizing bars and restaurants that sell alcohol to individuals and minors that are already inebriated or should not be drinking at all.

Boeing CEO Grilled by Senate Committee

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Recently, a hearing was held before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee regarding the failure of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This inquiry comes after the crash of two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts within several months of one another. The first crash occurred near Jakarta, Indonesia when a Lion Airlines flight crashed into the ocean in late 2018. Subsequently, in March of 2019, the same model aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed in March of 2019.

General Motors Recalls More Than 650,000 Trucks and SUVs Due to Malfunctioning Brakes

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General Motors is recalling more than 650,000 trucks and SUVs because a software error can activate these vehicles' brake systems, leading to car accidents. This recall covers the 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-2020 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2014-2018 GMC Sierra 1500, and 2015-2020 GMC Yukon models. In total, the problem is estimated to affect approximately 638,000 GM vehicles.

Tesla Door Handles Prevent Driver from Escaping Burning Vehicle

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Tesla is known not just for their use of cutting-edge engineering in the development of environmentally friendly vehicles, but also for its sleek, eye catching vehicle designs. Unfortunately, one of those design features may have been responsible for the death of a man in Florida.

Man Sues Universal After Water Slide Injury

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James Bowen has filed suit after sustaining a serious injury on a water slide at Universal's Volcano Bay.

7 Safety Suggestions For Teen Driving

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The moment your child gets behind the wheel is nerve-wracking for any parent-and for good reason. Your teen is not only new to the roads, but it's also a very dangerous time to be driving. Drivers are more distracted than ever. And despite no-hands laws in many states, including Texas, driver distraction is the cause of 58% of teen driving accidents.

18-Wheeler Driver Falls Asleep and Causes Extensive Damage to Another Vehicle and Building

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On Halloween morning, the driver of an 18-wheeler crashed through a Montgomery County building after reportedly dozing off at the wheel on Interstate 45.

Being a Pedestrian is More Dangerous Than Ever

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Over the last decade, the number of Americans killed while walking increased by 35%, and 2016 was the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1990. According to the "Pedestrian Danger Index," created by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, Texas is ranked as the eighth most dangerous state for pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 619 pedestrian fatalities in Texas during 2018.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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