An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Those licensed to heal can cause severe harm

AdobeStock_315923977.jpegIf you are not a licensed medical professional, illness lends itself to turning to your physician for appropriate treatment options, often including the use of prescription drugs. Whether upon admittance to the hospital for supervised care or your return home with pills and a set of instructions, medications intended to help you get better could make matters worse.

Medication errors account for the lives of up to 9,000 Americans each year. Presumably, hundreds of thousands more do not report related complications. Although mistakes can happen during various steps in patient care, these tragic errors are preventable.

Lawsuit Filed Against El Paso Children's Hospital and Prominent Doctor Over Young Girl's Death

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Last month, an El Paso couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages over $1 million and alleging gross negligence against El Paso Children's Hospital and a prominent local doctor over the death of their three-year-old daughter. According to the lawsuit, the family alleges the hospital and doctor intentionally created profit-driven policies that caused extreme delays in the admission and administration of life saving emergent care for young patients. In this case, the couple's daughter suffered from hydrocephalus, a life-threatening but treatable condition where fluid becomes trapped in the brain, and spent nearly fourteen hours uncontrollably vomiting in the hospital's waiting room before the young girl finally went limp, turned blue, and began foaming at the mouth.

Austin Crane Collapses

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A crane collapsed Wednesday morning in Austin, Texas. The construction crane collapsed causing injury to twenty-two people according to news reports. Of the twenty-two injured workers, sixteen people were taken to St. David's Hospital in Austin. Currently, it is reported that all injured workers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Everyone reportedly injured was on the construction site at the time of the incident.

Settlement for Texas 18-Wheeler Driver Rear-Ended by Another 18-Wheeler

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Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Lena Laurenzo have settled a federal court lawsuit arising out of a severe crash involving two 18-wheelers. The crash occurred when an 18-wheeler driver working for an out-of-state company was distracted watching vehicles on the other side of the highway, resulting in him rear-ending a Texas 18-wheeler driver.

Lawsuit Filed Against a Drunk Driver Responsible for Killing a Medical Student

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A 24-year-old medical student Samantha Alison Thomas was recently killed in an accident involving a drunk driver. Ms. Thomas' family has filed a lawsuit against the drunk driver, neurosurgeon named Jonathan Nakhla, who is currently under indictment for the manslaughter of Ms. Thomas.

Lawsuit Filed After Family Loses Son to Fraternity Hazing

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Hazing has been a part of fraternity lifestyle for years, and even though some people enjoy the culture, it can be harmful to its members and their families. In 2019, Sam Martinez was one of these members that lost his life while being hazed during a college fraternity event. After being pressured into drinking a half gallon of rum, Martinez lost consciousness and succumbed to the alcohol poisoning, which was not discovered until the next morning.

Family Sues Apartment Complex for Wrongful Death in High Profile Murder Case

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The family of Botham Jean, the young man who was shot and killed in his own apartment by former Dallas Police Department Officer Amber Guyger two years ago, filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week against the apartment complex where the murder took place. On September 6, 2018, Jean was sitting the living room of his apartment watching a football game, when Guyger walked through his front door and fired two shots at him. Guyger was convicted of murder last year and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

BMW Recalls Motorcycles Over Leaky Front Brake Calipers

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BMW issued a recall for a number of its 2019 and 2020 motorcycles because of faulty front brake calipers because these critical components can leak when parked, which can lead to a dangerous loss in stopping power if the fluid reservoir gets depleted. In addition to the recall, a stop-sale has been issued on new models as well.

You Were Involved In An Accident: Now What?

AdobeStock_264706015.jpegBefore you can get behind the wheel, you are supposed to learn defensive driving techniques.

Alcohol consumption, cellphone use and excessive speed can cause catastrophic harm. Yet, most people never fathom being in a motor vehicle accident.

COVID-19 Enters the Litigation Arena

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As we approach month seven of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are confronted with more questions than we have answers. One question that is becoming progressively common involves the ability of someone adversely impacted by COVID-19 to bring a lawsuit. Although COVID-19 litigation is unknown to our legal system, based on the number of lawsuits already filed, it will not remain unknown for long.

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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