April 2014 Archives

Jury Finds Fracking Company Liable for Landowners' Illnesses

A Wise County couple who sued Plano-based Aruba Petroleum, claiming that natural gas operations near their 40-acre ranch made them sick, received a $2.9 million jury verdict in Dallas County.

Chicago Suburb Rocked By Natural Gas Explosion

An affluent suburb of Chicago was recently rocked by a suspected gas explosion.

The explosion happened last Friday in the village of Long Grove, which is approximately 35 miles north of Chicago. The blast happened in the prestigious Royal Melbourne subdivision of the village.

Partial Claims Dismissed in GranuFlo Suits

GranuFlo a product used in dialysis causes a high risk for cardiac arrest when not prescribed properly. A judge in Colorado, dismissed some claims against DaVita Healthcare partners because the company did not manufacture the products, they simply added water to the products when used. The product liability and breach of warranty claims were also dropped against DaVita.

Australian Texting Driver who Nearly Paralyzes Cyclist: "I just don't care."

Late last year, Kimberly Davis, 21, hit a bicyclist while driving and texting near Koroit in western Victoria, Australia, causing the cyclist to suffer a spinal fracture that nearly paralyzed him and required a three month hospital stay. While serious injuries due to driving while texting are an all-too-common occurrence, what garnered media attention in this case was Davis's shockingly callous reaction when being interviewed by police two days after the accident:

Exploding Exercise Ball Causes Permanent Injuries

Darold Borman, 70 years old, fell from an exploding exercise ball while working out. He is suing the product's manufacturer, Easton Bell Sports, for negligence.

Nursing Home Lawsuit Filed for Inadequate Care

A lawsuit was recently filed in a Texas court alleging a nursing home failed to provide appropriate health care for three different residents. The families of the three victims sued Parklane West Healthcare Center for negligence in the management and staffing of the facility, as well as negligence for the care of the patients - often called residents. Many of the complaints, injuries and deaths often are as a result of a culture of lack of caring, which is almost always caused by the nursing home owner's attitude of putting profits over proper care.

Cycling Safety Encouraged in the City of Houston

With summer just around the corner, many Houstonians will be taking to the streets on their bicycles in search of recreational fun or sport. With this increased number of cyclists comes the increased risk of injury. According to a study by the Transportation for America, in 2013, Houston ranked ninth out of the top ten most dangerous cites in the United States for bicycle riders.

Boston Home Explosion Linked to Gas Leak

A recent home explosion in Boston has been linked to a gas leak.

Investigators say that two elderly Boston residents are in critical condition and nine others were injured when the home exploded last Wednesday night.

Helicopter Crashes

When a helicopter crashes, the wreckage can leave a trail of clues that leads all the way back to the aircraft's design and manufacturer. In 2012, civil helicopters flew more than 3 million hours in the United States, resulting in 153 accidents. Of that number, 22 were fatal and 23 resulted in serious injuries. Prompt investigation of the crash site and knowledge about common causes of these crashes are critical. Abraham Watkins has handled many aviation cases through the years.

Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson Liable in Mesh Trial

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) was ordered by a Texas jury to pay $1.2 million to a woman who alleged one of the company's lines of vaginal-mesh implants to treat incontinence was defectively designed, in the first verdict against the company over those devices. Jurors in Dallas determined the design of the TVT-O mesh sling implanted in Linda Batiste was flawed. The jury found $1.2 million in compensatory damages.

GM Defect Claims 13 Lives and Causes Loss of Houston Woman's Legs

A defective ignition switch installed in General Motors vehicles has caused thirteen deaths and severely injured a Houston-area woman. Tiffany Adams, a 30 year old Sam Houston State University graduate, was traveling on U.S. 59 on December 23, 2013. A defective "ignition module" caused her key placed in the ignition to inadvertently switch from the "run" to the "off" or "accessory" position. As a result, Adams' 2007 Pontiac Solstice spun out of control, hit a tree and prevented Adams' airbags from deploying. The impact left Adams with a broken neck, broken ribs and injuries to both of her legs that required amputation. About two months after the accident that took her legs and broke her spine, Ms. Adams received a letter from GM informing her that her vehicle was being recalled.

Toyota Recalls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide

A total of 6.39 million vehicles are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp., a Japanese based car manufacturer. Roughly 30 models globally have been affected.

One Dead, One Injured in 18-Wheeler Explosion and Fire on Hwy 290

As reported by KPRC, the fuel tanks of an 18-wheeler caught fire and exploded after the truck overturned on Highway 290 in Northwest Houston early Tuesday morning. The driver of the truck was killed in the fire, but a passenger in the sleeper car was able to escape with minor injuries.

Report: Plymouth Gas Explosion Caused by Rupture

Officials from Northwest Pipeline say that last week's dramatic explosion at an East Washington storage facility was caused by a pressure vessel rupture.

The Washington Post reports that the rupture occurred on a vessel that removes the carbon dioxide from the gas prior to liquefaction.

Widow Receives Verdict Against Hospital

On November 9, 2010, Thomas Haskell, then 63 years old, underwent cardiac bypass surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Ellsworth, Maine. Due to complications, Mr. Haskell died four days later.

GM Ignition Defect Leads to Death

A recent interview on CNN focused on a young woman who was killed in a GM vehicle on her 29th birthday in Georgia. Brooke Melton's parents hired a lawyer in Georgia to investigate the claim and their expert (not GM's) found a .90 cent defective part that had been installed in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Brooke had the same problem four days before her death when her ignition shut off, and she lost control of her power steering and her brakes. She took it in for service and the GM dealer returned it to her, telling her it was all fixed.

Gas Explosion Reported in Eastern Washington

Authorities reported that there was an explosion at a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington last Monday.

Komo News reports that no one was killed despite 250-pound pieces of steel being thrown into the air.

Another Cyclist Killed

Cyclist Isidro Martinez Campos died on April 2, 2014, when a pickup truck hit him shortly after 8pm on a street in Galena Park. The impact of the collision threw Campos from his bike and onto the shoulder of the street. His bicycle remained wedged in the truck's bumper. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital where he died.

Nissan Recalls 1 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Glitch

In the fifth huge recall for automakers this year, Nissan Motor is recalling 1 million vehicles in the United States and Canada. The problem in the 2013-2014 model years stems from a federally mandated system intended to determine whether the front passenger seat is occupied. The sensors are supposed to tell if an adult or a child is sitting in the front seat. Because the risk of injury or death to a child is greater from an airbag than from an accident itself, if the system senses there is not enough weight in the front passenger seats, the airbag will not deploy. Abraham Watkins has experience in dealing with accidents involving faulty airbags.

Galveston Oil Spill Affects Houston Ship Channel

The Houston Ship Channel, a 50-mile waterway that transports some of the world's largest quantities of petroleum and chemical products remains shut down due to a massive fuel oil spill in the Galveston Bay. Over 150,000 gallons of oil, a vital source of the Texas economy, spilled into the bay on March 22nd.

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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