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E-Scooter Injuries Cost City Millions While Bike Share Companies Take Advantage of Safety Gap in Texas Laws

Recent data shows that the use of e-scooters in Dallas, Texas since city approval of bike share companies have caused a $1.4 million hike in hospital costs since June of 2018. The study by Baylor Scott & White seems to blame the high injury rates on the lack of helmets used by riders of these rentable e-scooters.

4 Killed, 1 in Critical Condition After Fatal Rear-End Collision

Three siblings - a sixth grader, an eighth grader, and a junior in high school, died in a wreck on March 29, 2019 in Bastrop, Texas. Their friend, a 2018 Huntsville High School graduate, also died in the wreck. The siblings' mother survived the wreck but is now in critical condition.

Fisher-Price Recalls 4.7 Million Infant Rock 'n Play Sleepers

Fisher-Price has announced a recall of 4.7 million Rock 'n Play Sleepers. The recall is for all models of the infant rockers. The recall states that consumers "should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher." It is estimated that over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in the Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.

Ladder Malfunction Causes Life Altering Injuries to Dump Truck Worker

A dump truck worker sustained injuries on January 10, 2019 after a ladder malfunctioned on the dump truck he was operating. The worker filed a lawsuit on April 16, 2019 in Harris County against Strong Industries, Inc. ("Strong"), the designer and manufacturer of the dump truck.

Four-Year-Old Boy's Family Sues Trampoline Park for Son's Permanent Injuries

On April 7, 2017, a four-year-old boy was seriously injured at Flight Deck Trampoline Park in Fort Worth, Texas. The young boy's family filed suit against the trampoline park for the severe and permanent injuries the boy suffered after losing control on a park trampoline. According to the lawsuit, the child will have to visit an orthopedic specialist every six months until he is 18 years old and will be strictly prohibited from ever playing sports due to the injuries he suffered.

Patients Secretly Recorded at Hospital

Last month, a suit was filed against Sharp Grossmont Hospital on behalf of approximately 80 women who have alleged that around 1,800 patients were recorded during procedures such as childbirth and hysterectomies. Dr. Patrick Sullivan, former chief of anesthesia, claims he can corroborate the claims, and that he was forced out of the hospital after bringing his concerns regarding the filming.

The bus you are on just crashed, now what?

In 2017, public buses transported over 4.7 billion passengers, but not everyone arrived at their destination safely. What would you do if you were a victim of a bus accident or a pedestrian struck by a bus? While no one expects to become a victim of an accident, it happens altogether too frequently. The first step in protecting yourself in this situation begins before you even board the bus. Having some knowledge of the insurance the bus carries may be your first step to mitigating damages should you become a victim of a bus crash.

Another Volkswagen Recall

Volkswagen is under scrutiny again as they have recently announced another recall of over 56,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. This time, the culprit appears to be the rear coil spring that can break without warning and cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the broken spring poses a threat that can cause damage to the tire or become a road hazard. The NHTSA attributes the defect to the parts maker applying the wrong type of material or manufacturing process in the creation of the springs.

"Sorry" Does Not Mean Responsibility

Time and time again, we have helped people injured in car wrecks who thought they did not need to call the police or 911 after a wreck. The other driver is apologetic on scene. The damage seems manageable and luckily the at-fault driver seems to have insurance. No one seems hurt - nothing broken or bleeding - as everyone goes through the motions of exchanging information after being in a wreck.

Parents File Suit Against Carrabba's Italian Grill and Bar Louie Following Son's Death by Drunk Driver

A Galveston couple mourns the death of their 22-year-old son recently killed in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver. The couple has sued two local establishments, alleging the drunk driver became intoxicated after having been served alcoholic beverages for over 6 hours at the establishments.

Honda Recalling More Than 1 Million Vehicles Due to Dangerous Takata Airbag

Honda announced their recall of 1.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles due to defective Takata airbags on the driver's side. The Takata airbags were once thought to be safe, and even replaced older inflators under a recall that began in 2014. The airbags only recently came under scrutiny after an automobile accident and airbag explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda Odyssey. The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) investigation involving the 2004 Honda Odyssey discovered that the driver's airbag inflator ruptured.

Drivers Killed, Passenger Seriously Injured as a Result of Wrong-Way Wreck

A California driver going the wrong way on Texas 183 Highway in Irving collided with another vehicle in late February 2019. The wrong-way driver caused the collision by travelling eastbound on the westbound side of the highway. The wrong-way driver was the lone occupant in that vehicle. The other vehicle included the driver and a passenger.

Doctors Operate on Wrong Kidney

Carla Miller has sued Vanderbilt University Medical Center and alleged the hospital operated on the wrong kidney during surgery. Ms. Miller claims that Vanderbilt doctors were supposed to implant a mesh tube from her left kidney to her bladder. However, physicians mistakenly implanted the tube in her right kidney. As a result of the error, Ms. Miller has claimed her urinary system was permanently damaged and she will now require dialysis for the rest of her life. Ms. Miller has asked for $5.5 million in compensatory damages and another $15 million in punitive damages.

Passenger Safety Article

As the vehicle industry continues to make advances in their designs and with passenger safety being a top priority, it could logically be assumed that newer cars would be safer for passengers. Well, new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that passengers of modern pickup trucks are more at risk of injury or death than the driver. The study found that specifically for two-row pickup trucks, the vehicles failed to maintain their structure when going through crash tests that are designed to recreate the event when the front-right corner of the vehicle crashes into something.

Dieting Driver Kills Woman

In today's world, new diets and weight loss programs are ubiquitous. One such diet trend is called the Whole 30 Diet, which doesn't allow the consumption of milk, cheese, sugar, bread, legumes or alcohol for 30 days. In essence, the Whole 30 Diet strips the most common comfort foods completely from your diet. The diet is intended to restore a healthy relationship with food and your body and promote weight loss.

Serving Responsibly is Just as Important as Drinking Responsibly

If the phrase "please drink responsibly" sounds familiar, it is probably because you hear it at the end of any commercial for beer, wine, or liquor. But did you know that establishments that sell alcohol can be held liable for not "serving responsibly?"

Another Chemical Plant Fire in Harris County Causes Injuries

Just after 11 a.m. on April 2, 2019, a fire erupted at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, forcing the Crosby, Sheldon and Channelview ISDs to each issue a shelter in place for their students and faculty. This plant is located in East Harris County on Ramsey Road just off of Hwy. 90.

Beware of Your Employer After an Offshore Injury

Working offshore or on vessels usually means you have a relatively good income to take care of yourself or your family. Life doesn't stop after you've been injured. If your offshore income is what keeps your bills at bay and house afloat, its easy to want to place faith in your employer after you get injured on the job. The problem is that your employer wants you to trust them for the wrong reasons.

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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