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BP Admits to Causing Deaths

According to an article from the Houston Chronicle, a federal judge has approved a deal that allows BP to plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. BP has agreed to a $4 billion fine, probation and independent monitoring. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance's decision came during an emotional hearing in New Orleans and was issued over the objections of victims of the disaster and relatives of some of the 11 workers who were killed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. "The government has caught the bank robber and cut a deal with the criminals for return of the money and left the people shot in the bank robbery to fend for themselves," said rig survivor Buddy Trahan, who suffered extensive injuries in the blast but hasn't been compensated by BP. Trahan was among eight victims of the disaster, including the widows and fathers of some of the rig workers who were killed and people who were affected by the spill, who spoke of how BP's negligence changed their lives.

Studying The Health Hazards Of Hydraulic Fracking

Attempting to capitalize on the "microcosm" created by the Marcellus Shale boom in Pennsylvania, researchers across the United States are finally trying to determine the true effects of hydraulic fracking on the people and the environment in which its happening. It may have taken five years to put together a comprehensive study of the side effects of fracking, but the coalition of academic researchers involved in the project hope to answer:

Fatal On-The-Job Crashes More Likely For Oil & Gas Workers

Men and women working in the oil and gas industry are more than eight times more likely than workers in other professions to be involved in a fatal on-the-job motor vehicle accident. Historically, more than one-third of those in the oil and gas who were killed in fatal workplace crashes worked right here in Texas.

Implus Footcare Recalls Resistance Bands Due to Injury Hazard

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Implus Footcare has recalled their Perfect Resistance Bands due to an injury hazard. The Perfect Resistance Bands are rubber tubes connected through a hole and secured by grommets to cloth sewn into loops. The resistance bands can be used alone or in conjunction with optional handles, which are sold separately. The bands are approximately 40 inches long and are used for exercises described on the product packaging card as well as in a Workout Chart available on Implus Footcare's website. The recall was prompted by reports that the resistance bands are able to detach from the mesh cloth loops, posing an injury hazard to the user as well as those in the surrounding vicinity.

Oil and Gas Workers Are at Higher Risk for Injury

In astudy recently released, it was found that oil and gas workers are 8.5 times more likely to die in motor vehicle collisions on the job than people working in industries overall. In fact, the study found that oil and gas workers were more likely to die in on-the-job accidents than almost every other industry except for transportation and warehousing. And with so many smaller oil and gas firms (including well-servicing companies) in business, those employees working in the smaller companies are at an even higher risk.

School Bus Runs Over Toddler

The parents of Arra Preciado will never celebrate her second birthday. That is because the 15-month old girl was killed on Tuesday afternoon by a school bus near Tyler, Texas. The driver had offloaded children at a bus stop. She never saw the toddler, who ran past an open gate and into the path of the bus as it started moving. Initially, the driver did not realize she had hit the child. But many bystanders, including children who had gotten off the bus and their parents witnessed the horrific event. They banged on the bus as it was driving away, about 75 feet from the location, to get the driver to stop.

Depuy and Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Update: Manufacturers Knew of High Failure Rate

In an article published just yesterday by The New York Times, we learned that newly disclosed court records show that Johnson & Johnson, and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., were aware of an alarmingly high failure rate in their metal on metal hip implants back in 2011. According to the article, the manufacturers conducted an internal analysis in 2011 that revealed nearly a forty percent (40%) failure rate in the metal on metal hip implants within five years of implantation. In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy recalled both the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System after data revealed that both DePuy ASR hip replacement products have excessively high failure rates. The manufacturers are facing thousands of lawsuits consolidated in several courts across the country.

It Has To Be A Text Free Texas, If We Really Want To Save Lives

The dangers of distracted driving are no secret: more than 6,000 people are killed each year in distracted driving accidents with cell phones being the most common source of accident-inducing distraction. The Texas Legislature attempted to address the dangers of texting while driving by banning the reading and sending of text messages while behind the wheel.

New Dreamliners Grounded Due to Safety Concerns

Touted as the most technologically advanced commercial jet available, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is under scrutiny in America and Japan. Domestically, Federal officials with the Federal Aviation Administration have temporarily grounded all Dreamliners until further notice because of a potential for battery fires. The FAA issued an emergency safety order on the matter.

Tracking Fracking - Adding Tracers To Find The Cause Of Contamination

Scientists are hard at work trying to develop an additive that will allow investigators to track what well and what oil and gas company is responsible when hydraulic fracking leads to groundwater contamination. Although debate continues on as to the environmental damage caused by fracking - oil and gas companies assert that it is safe while many homeowners have found their drinking water no longer potable after fracking occurs nearby - scientist hope that the use of traceable footprints will lead to an answer.

Is Texas Doing Enough To Prevent Motor Vehicle Accidents?

It's been over 12 years since Texas went a day without a fatal accident occurring on some part of its 80,000 miles of highways and byways, according the Texas Department of Transportation. That is at least part of the reason that Texas recently ranked near the bottom of a survey of highway safety improvements conducted by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

Recall of Several Popular Subaru Vehicles

The International Business Times reported that Subaru has recalled almost 634,000 vehicles, including late model Outback and Legacy cars (2010 and 2011) and Tribeca (2006-2012) and Forester (2009-2012) SUVs. According to sources at Subaru, the "puddle lights" on these vehicles, when exposed to moisture from certain road water spray, can short circuit. This could cause enough heat to melt the plastic in the mirror housings and result in smoke or a fire. No accidents or injuries have been reported - only one report of smoke.

16.2 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2012

A total of 16.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday. Interestingly, more than half of the recalled vehicles were manufactured by Toyota and Honda. Toyota had 12 recalls covering 5.3 million vehicles, more than all of the U.S. automakers combined. Honda and its Acura luxury brand came in second place with 16 recalls affecting almost 3.4 million vehicles. General Motors was third with 17 recalls and 1.5 million vehicles; Ford was fourth with 24 recalls involving 1.4 million vehicles, and Chrysler was fifth with 13 recalls affecting 1.3 million vehicles. In 2011, Honda led the pack with Toyota coming in second. In 2012, they switched positions. While the agency stated these numbers "should not be interpreted as an indication of what NHTSA thinks of any particular manufacturer or its products," the numbers speak for themselves.

Tank Battery Explosion Injures Two

According to the Associated Press, two men were injured in an explosion at an oil well site southeast of Grenora at about midday Friday. The tank battery explosion left one man burned and the other with a broken leg, though further information on their conditions was not released Friday night, according to the Associated Press.

Tank Battery Explosion Injures Two

According to the Associated Press, two men were injured in an explosion at an oil well site southeast of Grenora at about midday Friday. The tank battery explosion left one man burned and the other with a broken leg, though further information on their conditions was not released Friday night, according to the Associated Press.

Fracking Contamination Confirmed Then Denied By EPA

A Weatherford, Texas, community has been left without a clean supply of drinking water after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed its original stance that fracking was to blame for the contamination. Within a year of issuing an emergency order related to a well contaminated by hydraulic fracturing, the EPA changed its mind with no explanation.

North Houston Fatal Crash Caused By Drunk Driver

While one family is mourning the loss of a loved one to a sudden, unexpected fatal accident, Jose Ramirez is facing intoxication manslaughter charges for causing the crash. According to reports, Ramirez was travelling in the wrong direction on Tidwell when he slammed into another vehicle, fatally injuring his own passenger.

Study Shows Texas Lacks Key Driving Safety Laws

According to an annual report released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Texas ranks as one of the worst states for passing highway safety laws. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released the "Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" grading all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance based on 15 basic traffic safety laws.

KTM North America Recalls Motorcycles Due to Fuel Leak, Fire and Crash Hazard

On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with KTM North America, announced a voluntary recall of KTM Enduro motorcycles manufactured by KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG in 2012 and 2013. The recall was prompted by reports that the pre-formed fuel hose can develop small holes or cracks at the ends of the hose, allowing fuel to leak from the motorcycle. The fuel leak poses an extremely dangerous fire and crash hazard to the motorcycle rider as well as bystanders.

Helpful Tips to Consider for Your Medical Care

I recently read an article that gave several tips about medical care that may be helpful. The publication was from the Bottom Line - Personal, and it was in the January 15, 2013 edition.

Supreme Court Protects State in Case of Dangerous Roadway

Once again, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Department of Transportation, and against the family of a deceased motorist, in the case of a dangerous highway. The decision was issued in Texas Department of Transportation v. Perches, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2012).

Space Companies Attempting to Limit the Rights of Individuals to Recover for Their Injuries

There has been a recent boom in the attempts to commercialize space flight. With NASA no longer sending people into space on its ships, attention has turned to new companies like Space X and Virgin Galactic. These companies are on the verge of making commercial space travel an affordable and common practice. Virgin Galactic, for example, has begun selling tickets to space tourists for as early as 2014. Unfortunately, the laws protecting those future passengers are already under attack.

Houston Fatal 3-Car Crash Caused By Drowsy Driver Asleep At The Wheel

Just last week we wrote about the results of a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Study that reported how too many people, especially Texans, were driving drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel.

Pipeline Safety Checks Part Of Recent San Bruno Explosion Settlement

Forty-four-year old Jacqueline Greig and her 13-year-old daughter Janessa were among the eight people killed after a pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California in 2010. Their surviving family members recently reached a settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), owner of the burst pipeline.

Lexus Unveils Car that Anticipates Road Danger

This past week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota's Lexus luxury brand gave the public its first look at Toyota's advanced active safety research vehicle (AASRV). According to Toyota officials, the AASRV is designed to test and demonstrate a variety of automated vehicle safety technologies that Toyota could use in production vehicles in the near future.

GM Issues Recall for Nearly 69,000 Vehicles

General Motors (GM) has recently issued a recall for nearly 69,000 of its vehicles due to the risk of the vehicles unexpectedly rolling away. This recall applies to almost 55,000 vehicles in the United States and another 14,000 in Mexico, Canada, and other parts of the globe.

Tanker Rolls At Texas Oilfield, Fatally Injures One

A worker at a West Texas oilfield was catastrophically injured when he was struck by a tanker. During the process of loading the tanker onto a trailer, the tanker rolled, striking Thomas Stewart and causing a serious head injury in the workplace accident.

Transocean to Settle Deepwater Horizon Claims with Government

According to the Washington Post, Transocean, the driller whose floating Deepwater Horizon rig blew up in 2010, has agreed to settle civil and criminal claims with the federal government for $1.4 billion. The Deepwater Horizon exploded, burned and sank in April 2010. Eleven men were killed as a result. The Macondo well was owned by British oil giant BP, which settled its criminal charges and some of its civil charges in November for $4.5 billion. While this settlement resolves the government's claims against Transocean, that company and the others involved in the spill still face the sprawling, multistate civil case, which is scheduled to begin in February in New Orleans. In a deal filed in federal court in New Orleans, a subsidiary, Transocean Deepwater, agreed to one criminal misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act and will pay a fine of $100 million. Over the next five years, the company will pay civil penalties of $1 billion, the largest ever under the act. Transocean also agreed to pay the National Academy of Sciences and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $150 million each. The agreement will be subject to public comment and court approval. The company agreed to five years of monitoring of its drilling practices and improved safety measures. Under a law passed last year, 80 percent of the penalty will be applied to projects for restoring the environment and economies of gulf states.

Here In Texas, More Drivers Asleep At The Wheel

Anywhere from three to thirty-three percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents that happen each year are connected to drowsy drivers. And, according to the results of a study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drivers in Texas are more likely than drivers in any other state to fall asleep while driving.

Hyundai Recalls 2012 Veloster

According to an article published by Reuters, Hyundai Motor Company is recalling about 13,500 of its 2012 Veloster models. United States safety regulators have reported that the Veloster's sunroof may shatter while the car is moving.

No Vote Taken on Hurricane Sandy Funding

On Wednesday night when the House of Representatives passed the 'fiscal cliff' deal, they failed to vote on billions of dollars in aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. Superstorm Sandy killed at least 113 people in the United States and left millions of people without power after running up the East Coast in late October. The storm hit hardest in New York and New Jersey.

GM Recalls Pickups Over Hoods Flying Open

According to the Associated Press, General Motors is recalling over 145,000 pickups trucks because the hoods can unexpectedly fly open and block the driver's vision. The recall affects Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years. The majority of the trucks were sold in North America.

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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