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E-Scooter Companies Sued for Injuries

Throughout the country, including several cities in Texas, e-scooters are the newest alternative to the usual forms of public transportation. E-scooters are dockless electronic scooters. These scooters allow users to rent them by smartphone app and the rider can leave the scooter wherever they want when they are done. The scooters can travel as fast as 15 miles per hour. The e-scooter companies contend that the scooters offer users an environmentally friendly and efficient means of transportation. However, as the e-scooters increase in popularity, so have safety concerns for both users and pedestrians.

Potential Lawsuit Against Nursing Home for Neglect of Elderly

A visitor of a nursing home posted a photo on Facebook of an elderly woman alleging that she had been sitting in her own vomit for hours. The person who posted the photo stated that when he arrived to visit his uncle around 7:30 p.m., he noticed the woman sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway, asking for help. Around 9:30 p.m., the man alleges that the elderly woman was in the exact same place, still sitting in her own vomit. The man also stated he asked if someone would assist her and was told by nursing home employees they would do so "when they have time." Following the exchange with nursing home staff, he took a photo of the elderly woman and posted it to Facebook.

Lawsuit Alleges LaCroix Contains Ingredients Used in Cockroach Insecticide

Consumer Reports that 73 percent of customers seek out items labeled as natural. The question is, what are they actually getting, and can the product label be trusted? LaCroix is facing claims that their popular product has been falsely advertised as "all natural."

Here are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Houston

As reported by the Houston Chronicle earlier this year, Houston has the deadliest roads and drivers of any major metropolitan area in America. It is no secret that Houston's streets are particularly dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians are significantly more common in Houston than the national average, and we have reported a number of hit-and-run fatalities involving pedestrians in these pages.

Man Settles Universal Lawsuit After Harry Potter Ride Malfunctioned

In November 2015, Tommy Fry was a passenger on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida. Unfortunately, the ride got stuck and Mr. Fry was left hanging upside down for an hour. He filed suit in March 2017 for an unspecified amount of damages.

Motor Vehicle Fatalities on the Decline

According to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, highway fatalities are down for the past two years. The data for the first six months of 2018 further indicates the downward trend is continuing into this year.

California Jury Awards Over $6,000,000 in Wrongful Death Suit

In March of 2016, a pedestrian was struck by a car at the Whittier Uptown Association's Farmers Market. The driver of the vehicle was a vendor at the market, and she struck the pedestrian while backing out of her parking spot. The death was ruled an accident, but the family of the pedestrian sued both the driver and the Whittier Uptown Association.

Toyota Recalls Prius Hybrids Due to Stalling While Driving and Other Toyota Models Due to Defective Airbags

The Japanese automaker, Toyota, announced that it will recall more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a defect that could cause crashes. This recall comes in the wake of another recall made by Toyota in September 2018 that recalled more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires. The Japanese car giant Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.

Lawsuit Alleges Houston Gas Stations' "Enhancement" Pills Contain Viagra and Other Pharmaceuticals

A lawsuit filed in Houston federal court in August claims that at least 15 gas stations scattered throughout the Houston area have been selling pills packaged as over-the-counter "sexual enhancement" supplements that actually contain a number of prescription drugs. Although the pills are marketed with statements like "all natural," "no harmful synthetic chemicals," and "no prescription necessary," the lawsuit alleges that independent lab testing has detected drugs including sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dapoxetine-otherwise known as Viagra, Cialis, Priligy, and Westoxetin, respectively.

Child and Family Awarded $44.5 Million for Paralysis

An Ohio jury awarded a boy and his family $44.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against an Ohio laboratory. The child's parents brought a lawsuit against Athens Medical Laboratory Inc. alleging that a misdiagnosed and improper treatment of an ear infection in turn resulted in a brain infection and ultimately paralysis of a 9 year old boy.

Driver Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter after Horrific Crash

The driver of a white pickup truck that caused a fatal crash involving six vehicles is under arrest. The wreck occurred on Friday night at about 10:30 p.m. News accounts report that Steven Taylor was driving the pickup on Liberty Road at a "high rate of speed" when he smashed into a Lincoln that was stopped for a red light at Bringhurst Street. That initial collision knocked the Lincoln into the path of an oncoming truck. Other motorists at the intersection then were involved in the wreck.

Lawsuit Filed Against Utility Company for Explosions

Earlier this month, more than 80 gas fires and explosions occurred in the Boston area, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen. A family that suffered serious injuries and lost their home in those explosions has filed a lawsuit against Columbia Gas.

Plaintiff Awarded $1.3M for Injuries in Cruise Ship Fall

In December 2014, Joyce Higgs, then 67-years-old, tripped and fell on a cleaning bucket aboard a cruise ship in the eastern Caribbean at Grand Turk. Ms. Higgs claimed injuries to her left arm and shoulder, which included a displaced proximal humerus fracture of her left non-dominant arm, a dislocated humerus head, torn left rotator cuff, and torn left bicep tendon. She sued Costa Crociere S.P.A. Company, the owner of the cruise ship, for negligence. Ms. Higgs alleged she tripped and fell while walking from the cruise ship's breakfast buffet toward her daughter's table. She further alleged the cruise ship failed to properly maintain the vessel in a reasonably safe condition.

Hyundai and Kia Vehicles are Experiencing Fires Without Collisions

The Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the federal government to have the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigate potential non-collision fires in 2.2 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Kia is an affiliate of Hyundai and together they are the world's 5th largest automobile-manufacturer.

A New Drug for Cataract Surgery Leaves at Least 68 People Nearly Blind

A botched knockoff of the drug Tri-Moxi (which is often injected into a patient's eye during cataract surgery) has caused at least 68 people in the Dallas area to suffer partial blindness or worse within days or weeks of being injected in the eye during routine cataract surgery. The original inventors of Tri-Moxi, Imprimis, have maintained that the original formula is safe. The alleged purpose of Tri-Moxi is to prevent swelling, infection, and dryness of the operated eye.

Honda Recalls 1.4 Million Cars to Replace Takata Airbags

Honda is adding 1.4 million cars, SUVs, and trucks to its list of vehicles that should have their Takata airbags replaced. Included in the airbag recall list are vehicles branded as Acura, Honda's luxury brand, according to the automaker.

Supplies of Top Blood Pressure Drug Tainted with Carcinogen

In late July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that several pharmaceutical companies have initiated recalls of the popular blood pressure drug valsartan after discovering that the medication is contaminated with a potentially carcinogenic chemical.

Surfer Dies from "Brain-Eating Ameba"

The Brazos Ski Ranch Cable Park, affectionately referred to as "BSR" by the people of Waco, has voluntarily closed down its surf resort following the death of surfer, Fabrizio Stabile. BSR's surf resort is temporarily closed while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tests BSR's waters for Naegleria fowleri, commonly referred to as the "brain-eating ameba."

In the Permian Basin Oil Boom, Road Safety Should Not be Forgotten

Shale oil in the Permian Basin has been a boon to the West Texas economy, and has been largely responsible for the United States becoming one of the top oil producing countries in the world. However, the citizens of West Texas have paid a heavy price, one denominated in lives lost. Their roads have become some of the deadliest in America.

Report on Driving While Intoxicated

The Department of Transportation has released statistics about driving while intoxicated. In the Houston area, there was an increase from the year 2016 to 2017 in wrecks involving motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated. Thankfully, there was a decline in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Montgomery counties. Nevertheless, the data remain alarming.

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  • 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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