January 2018 Archives

Ice Cream and Listeria

Do you love ice cream? You might want to check the brand before you dig in. Fieldbrook Foods, a dairy company, announced a massive recall of ice cream, due to possible listeria contamination. The brand's recall affects "raspberry, orange cream and chocolate-coated vanilla bars" sold in over 30 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including Kroger, Safeway, Aldi, and dozens of other name brand stores.

Two Lawsuits Claim Dallas Mental Health Hospital Held Patients Against Their Will

According to recent lawsuits, two patients claim that they were held against their will at Dallas Behavioral HealthCare Hospital, a well-known mental health hospital operating in DeSoto, Texas. Alexandra Hansen claims that she went to the facility in January 2016 to obtain information on outpatient assistance for severe anxiety. Ms. Hansen says that she was detained after only a brief consultation with a doctor through an iPad. Her mother was reportedly ushered out of the facility as Ms. Hansen was escorted through several doors that locked behind her. Ms. Hansen's family spent nearly two days trying to secure her release from the facility. According to the lawsuit, the facility claimed that they had a court order to involuntarily commit Ms. Hansen, although the order was never presented to the Hansen family. In a similar lawsuit filed last week, D'Undria Warren claims that went to the facility in March 2016 to obtain information about grief counseling following the recent loss of her a child. Ms. Warren alleges that she was involuntarily committed to the facility after a brief iPad consultation with a doctor. Ms. Warren was released nearly 24 hours after she arrived at the facility after repeated requests to sign an "Against Medical Advice" form.

Helicopter Crash Proves Fatal for Two Houstonians

On January 18, 2018, a helicopter crash in New Mexico claimed the lives of two Houstonians. Investor Charles Burnett III and former Pasadena Police Chief, Paul Cobb, were among the dead. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the private UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed at about 6:00 pm in a mountainous and remote area about 15 miles east of Raton Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Teachers and Students Suffer from Harmful Toxins Found in School

Nearly forty families are filing suit against the state of Washington, the Monroe School District, and Monsanto-a chemical manufacturer-after finding highly toxic chemicals in the Sky Valley Education Center. Over one hundred students and teachers have reported health issues resulting from the toxins in the school, including, among other issues, autoimmune problems, neurological disorders, breathing and cardiac problems, thyroid and endocrine disorders, and reproductive disorders.

Former La Espiga De Oro Employee Sues For Relief in Excess of One Million

A Harris County man Jorge Velazquez, filed a complaint in December of 2017 against his former employer La Espiga De Oro, seeking in excess of one million dollars in general and special relief. The injury is due to the alleged negligence and gross negligence of his former employer.

Hundreds of Wrecks, Some Fatal, on Icy Houston Area Roads

On Tuesday, Houston, like most of the South, experienced a winter storm that left ice on roads throughout the area. Area residents were warned to stay off the roads but some, either due to need or due to recklessness, braved the roads anyway. The result was hundreds of wrecks reported on Houston area roads on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A Big Rig Falls Off Southwest Freeway Overpass and Lands on Car

On January 11, 2018, an accident between several vehicles on Interstate 69 caused an 18-wheeler to drive off the overpass at University Boulevard and land on a car on the feeder road below. Investigators believe the incident was caused by the truck driver jack-knifing to avoid another driver and, consequently, flipping off the overpass onto the frontage road at University.

Mentally Disabled Son Dies as a Result of Excessive Use of Force by Port Arthur Police Department

On the morning of August 1, 2016, Manuel Delacruz tragically died as a result of excessive use of force by officers of the Port Arthur Police Department. Manuel was 26-years-old and suffered from severe schizophrenia. On the morning of his death, he went to Medical Center Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas for treatment of his mental disorder. Manuel's parents contacted the Port Arthur Police Department to get a mental health warrant in order for Manuel to be treated at the medical center. The law enforcement officers of Port Arthur Police Department engaged in multiple acts of improper and excessive use of force in trying to detain Manuel, including tasing and striking him, which ultimately ended up killing Manuel.

Families Sue School and Monsanto Over Classroom Toxins

Families outside Seattle filed a lawsuit against local officials and agrochemical giant Monsanto, alleging they allowed the school site to become toxic with the use of the now-banned industrial chemicals known as PCBs.

Nursing Home Care Suffers Due to Corporate Mishandling

In 2009, Martha Jane Pierce's son took a sock off of his 82 year-old mother's foot. He discovered rotting flesh. According to her daughter, "It looked like a piece of black charcoal," and smelled "like death." Mrs. Pierce was ultimately transferred to the hospital, where a surgeon had to amputate much of her leg. She filed suit against Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Batteries on iPhone Overheat

Eleven years after the iPhone was introduced, fifty people were evacuated from an Apple Store. Of those, seven required medical attention, including a store employee. It occurred in Zurich after an iPhone battery overheated and emitted smoke. Store employees put quartz sand over the battery to suppress the smoke, and they ventilated the store.

Two Crashes-One Fatal-Shuts Down 610 North Loop

On December 19, 2017, around 5:45 a.m. all westbound main lanes of the 610 North Loop between I-45 and Airline were shut down after two early morning crashes involving five vehicles. One of those crashes, left one person dead.

Family Molestation Exam Leads to $48 Million Verdict Against Negligent Pediatrician

A jury recently awarded $48 million to Gizzell Ford's family, finding that Chicago pediatrician Dr. Norell Rosado was medically negligent in treating 8-year-old Gizzell during a molestation exam a few weeks prior to her tragic murder.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truckers

Fleet Management Company Zonar, compiled a list of the most dangerous sections of roads before the holiday season. During the holiday season, there is an average increase of 36% in highway traffic. Some of the highways which already have a high danger rating due to the sheer number of crashes and fatalities by volume, like "US-1" for instance can become dramatically more dangerous during the holidays.

Texas Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to $9.6 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

Last month, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which a Houston-based obstetrics and gynecology practice and one of its physicians argue that there was legally insufficient evidence to support a $9.6 million jury award in favor of a woman who sustained a permanent brain injury as a result of alleged medical malpractice. In September 2004, Shannon McCoy was admitted to Woman's Hospital of Texas to give birth to her first child. Upon admission, Ms. McCoy's baby had already died in utero due to placental abruption. Ms. McCoy also developed complications and ultimately suffered brain damage requiring around-the-clock care for the remainder of her life. In 2006, Ms. McCoy's husband filed suit against Debra Gunn, M.D. and her practice, Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates (OGA). According to the lawsuit, Dr. Gunn's negligence in failing to make adjustments to the administration of blood and blood products caused Ms. McCoy's permanent brain injury. A jury returned an 11-to-1 verdict in favor of the McCoys as to Dr. Gunn's negligence and awarded the McCoys $9.6 million. The Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals upheld the jury award in December 2015.

Employees May Profit from Disclosing Their Employer's Fraud

The False Claims Act allows people who are employed by companies receiving federal benefits, such as grants, to file actions against their employer for defrauding the federal government. These claimants are informally known as "whistleblowers." Persons filing under the Act stand to receive a portion (usually about 15-25 percent) of any recovered damages. The Act provides a legal tool to counteract fraudulent billings turned in to the federal government. Claims are most commonly filed by persons with insider knowledge of false claims involving health care, military, or other government spending programs.

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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