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Confidential Settlement Reached for Family of Worker Killed at Construction Site

Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Jonathan Sneed have reached a confidential settlement against Piling, Inc. regarding a fatal incident that occurred on June 27, 2016. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the gross negligence of the company that resulted in the death of their loved one.

Father of Late Football Player Sues Helmet Makers

In 2016, Cody Hamblin, then 22-years-old, died while fishing on Memorial Day with his grandfather. According to a lawsuit filed by his father, Darren Hamblin, he had a seizure while on a boat, fell into the water and died. Mr. Hamblin sued Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. He has alleged negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and wrongful death.

Hospital Sued for Deaths of Babies

Two families filed suit this week against Clear Lake Regional Medical Center over the deaths of their newborn babies. Both allege that the hospital and various doctors were responsible for the "negligent evaluation, treatment, and management" of their infants.

Border Patrol Chase Results in Five Dead Undocumented Immigrants

On June 17, 2018, a tragic crash occurred in a small Texas town resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities. Five undocumented immigrants were killed in a Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents and a sheriff's deputy. The accident occurred in a town near Big Wells about 50 miles from the Mexican border and 100 miles southwest of San Antonio. A total of fourteen people were inside the SUV and many of them were ejected out of the vehicle when it rolled onto the highway.

Jury Awards $12.5M to Reggie Bush for 2015 Injury at Rams Stadium

A St. Louis jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay former NFL running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million after he suffered a severe knee injury in a game at the Edward Jones Dome in 2015. In the lawsuit, Bush claimed he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a game against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 1, 2015. During the game, Bush was returning a punt for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds, then slipped and fell on what his lawsuit called a "concrete ring of death," a strip of exposed concrete about 35 feet behind the 49ers bench. After Bush's fall, the concrete perimeter was covered with rubber padding on November 15, 2015 for the Rams' first home game.

Broken Promises: How to Recover from Sub-Par Contractors Post-Harvey

Following the wake of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of homes were in need of extensive and immediate repair. Before Harvey had even left the state, contractors descended on homeowners. Many of these contractors made promises they could not fulfill-sometimes intentionally-to get these homeowners business.

Kia Recalls Over 500,000 Vehicles

Following news in March that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was looking into reports of defective airbags in vehicles made by Kia and its affiliate Hyundai, Kia has announced it is recalling more than half a million vehicles in the U.S. because of the concern.

Wrongful Death Suits Filed in Wake of Santa Fe Shootings

The parents of Jake Stone, a student killed during the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School last month, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Galveston County against the alleged gunman's parents. Antonios Pagourtzis and Rose Kosmetatos are the parents of Dimitrios Pagourtzis who is the accused gunman of the mass shooting that left at least 10 dead and 13 injured. Dimitrios is currently sitting in Galveston County jail awaiting trial.

Worker Killed in Pearland Industrial Accident

Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. and Associate Kelly Woods will be investigating a recent incident involving a worker who was killed in an industrial accident at Houston Tubulars, Inc. on 13600 Hatfield Road in Pearland, Texas. The site is just west of Mykawa Road and north of Broadway. According to a listing for the National Association of Steel Pipes Distributors, Houston Tubulars is a pipe reconditioning company.

Defective Runaway Dump Truck Causes Severe Injuries

In early February 2018, the driver of a defective dump truck lost control at a high speed and crashed into Barbara Schmidt's vehicle, leaving her with severe injuries. The truck was carrying debris from the recent California fires down a steep hill when the truck's brakes failed, causing the truck to pick up speed until a fiery collision that injured seven victims in total, including three critically.

Door Crushes Cruise Line Employee's Hand

In August 2008, Lisa Spearman was an employee of Royal Caribbean International. She was a marketing and revenue manager on the cruise line's Voyager of the Seas.

The Perils of the Parking Lot

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, a man was attempting to find parking in a crowded parking lot in Northwest Houston. As the man pulled a U-Turn in the Bear Creek Islamic Center parking lot, he inadvertently ran over a child. It appears as though the child was sitting in the parking lot just outside the playground area.

YouTube's Dancing "Dr. Booty Baby" Sued for Medical Malpractice, Invasion of Privacy

Dr. Windell Boutte, a Georgia dermatologist who posted videos on her YouTube channel of herself dancing and mugging for the camera while performing surgery on unconscious patients, has been sued by multiple, both before and after the posting of her videos. The patients allege that they suffered injuries ranging from infections and disfigurement to brain damage following surgery performed by Boutte, and some also allege that they did not give Boutte consent to publish videos of them undergoing surgery.

School Bus Made U-Turn Causing Deadly Crash

On May 17, 2018, a school bus caused a deadly crash when it missed an exit and decided to make a sudden U-turn in a median. The school bus was filled with fifth-graders headed on a class field trip in New Jersey. The bus was carrying 38 students and seven adults from East Brook Middle School in Paramus. As the bus attempted to make the U-turn, it collided with a dump truck. As a result of the accident, one 10-year-old student and one teacher died. Forty-three others were injured, some critically.

Court Upholds $9.3M Verdict against Choctaw Nation Following Fatal Bus Crash

The Court of Appeals for Texas' 5th District unanimously upheld a jury verdict that made the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma liable for $9.3 million of the total $11 million awarded in a wrongful death action resulting from a chartered bus crash in April 2013. The chartered bus was bound for the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma when the charter bus ran off the highway in Irving, Texas and killed two elderly casino patrons, Alice Stanley and Paula Hahn.

Deadliest Car Recalls in History

Car safety recalls can be an inconvenience, especially when you have to take time out of your busy schedule to get it fixed. But, in more serious instances it can lead to accidents and injuries. Sometimes the issues prove fatal. Vehicle recalls in the U.S. have soared in recent years. A record number of recalls in 2016 reached 53.2 million, and the previous all-time high of 51.1 million was set in 2015. The surge in traffic deaths have jumped dramatically.

Doctor Sued for Wrongful Death Caused by Over-Prescribing Pills

Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, an Alabama doctor, is being sued for the wrongful death of one of her patients who died May 15, 2016. The lawsuit was filed by the deceased's administrator and states Dr. Turney began treating Felicia Ann Kelly for "alleged anxiety and chronic pain," back in January 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, Dr. Turney prescribed at least 3,645 oxycodone pills to Kelly, 582 of which were prescribed during the final two and half months of her life. During that time, Kelly was also prescribed several other prescriptions, including opioids and benzodiazepines. Sources say Kelly's toxicology tests detected "fatal levels" of oxycodone and other drugs and that she died from "mixed drug toxicity."

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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