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Water Safety Tips to Get You and Your Children Ready for the Fourth of July

The fourth of July is a day friends and family get together to celebrate America's independence, as well as celebrate her patriotic heritage. There will be fireworks, there will be barbeque, and of course, there will be swimming. As mothers and fathers across this nation prepare for next week's Fourth of July festivities, Americans need to take a brief look at water safety to keep the holiday fun, and accident free.

Texas Jury Awards $37 Million Verdict Against Honda After 27-Year-Old Woman Paralyzed in Crash

A jury in Dallas returned a $37.6 million verdict against Honda in February 2019 after a nine-day trial. The trial surrounded 27-year-old Sarah Millburn, who was left quadriplegic with only minimal use of her arms and hands after an accident in 2015. The crash occurred when Sarah was riding as an Uber passenger in a 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan that was T-boned by a pickup truck.

5-Year-Old Dies Due to Smoke Alarm Failure; $1.6M Settlement Reached

On February 23, 2015, Kai-Lynn McMullin, then 5-years-old, died. It was two days after she was caught in a fire that caused second and third degree burns that covered more than a third of her face and body. Kai-Lynn's mother, Tiffanie Burcham, filed suit and alleged her daughter's death was preventable.

First Ever Diversity Summit for Lawyers and the Community Upcoming

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. We see it every day in all of our activities, and perhaps take it for granted. But diversity has not always been the status quo, or even an encouraged status. But times have changed, and diversity is now an ingrained aspect of our society, and especially so in Houston.

Suit Filed for Sexual Assault of Incapacitated Woman by Long-Term Care Center Employee

A 30-year old woman was repeatedly raped by an employee of a long-term care facility called Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who was dependent on a feeding tube and unable to speak, was the victim of a series of sexual assaults while under the care of the facility. The sexual abuse went unnoticed by the facility until the woman gave birth to a baby boy.

Professional Basketball Player Sidelined After Being Injured When His Cell Phone Exploded

Earlier this year a professional basketball player living in Plano was injured when his cell phone exploded. The injured player, Khouraichi Thiam, is a 31-year-old Senegalese man who plays basketball overseas in countries like Saudi Arabia, Spain, Serbia, Bahrain, and Luxembourg. Mr. Thiam was riding in a friend's vehicle on May 15th of this year, when his LG K20 exploded in his right hand.

2 Dead and 11 Ejected After 2004 Ford Econoline E-350 Van Rollover

A horrific accident resulted in two fatalities when all eleven passengers were ejected from a 2004 Ford Econoline E-350 van after it flipped over. The accident occurred over this past weekend on I-95 in Massachusetts. The van was carrying a Polish American tour group with passengers from New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The van was heading north, approximately 40 minutes from Boston, when it was struck by a Toyota Rav4 and the vehicles entered the median, where the Econoline van rolled over. The nine surviving occupants sustained serious injuries.

Severity of Biologics

Biologics, a short term for biological medication, are typically prescribed to nurse autoimmune skin diseases, joints, and gastrointestinal system. They are one of the few drugs that are not made chemically, but instead are extracted from animal cells in laboratories. They are also given by either injection or IV. These drugs can cost up to more than $40,000 a year and are very established in the market. However, these biologic drugs tend to cause many severe issues to consumer's health, maybe more serious than prior to taking the drug. A list of common biologics are Remicade, Humira, Enbrel, Siliq, and Cimzia.

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay Over $300 Million for Baby Powder Case

Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of popular talc baby powder has lost another case, this time in New York. Several lawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that Johnson & Johnson's talc-based baby powder causes certain cancers. Thus far, only a handful of cases have actually been tried to a jury.

Family of 12-Year-Old Killed in Her Home in a 2018 Natural Gas Explosion Settles Lawsuit with Atmos Energy

The family of Linda "Michellita" Rogers recently settled a lawsuit filed against Atomos Energy Corporation. The subject of the family's suit was a natural gas explosion that occurred in their home resulting in the death of their 12-year-old daughter, Linda Rodgers. The explosion, which occurred on February 23, 2018, was likely the result of a gas leak in the family's home. Linda was up early that morning, getting ready for a cheerleading competition she was to participate in later that day. Linda filmed herself as she prepared and can be seen fixing her hair until the screen fills with fiery sparks, and then goes dark. Linda was found under her dresser drawers by her parents and rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Texas Doctor Sentenced to 20 Years for Overdose Deaths

A North Texas physician was recently sentenced to twenty years in prison in connection with the death of seven patients from 2012 to 2017. Pain management doctor, Howard Gregg Diamond, is the former principal physician at the Diamondback Pain & Wellness Center in Sherman, Texas. In July 2017, Diamond was indicted by a federal grand jury after authorities found evidence that Diamond had written countless prescriptions for addictive opioid medications without a legitimate medical purpose since 2010. In July 2014, Diamond distributed or dispensed morphine, oxycodone, alprazolam, and zolpidem to a patient that resulted in the patient's death just ten days after the medications were prescribed. Law enforcement authorities also linked six other overdose related deaths to prescriptions written by Diamond between 2010 and 2017. The overdose deaths occurred in several cities in both Texas and Oklahoma.

Who is Liable for Injuries Caused by a Self-Driving Car?

Last month, the family of a deceased California man filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla when the vehicle's self-driving systems failed to detect a concrete median, causing the vehicle to accelerate into the barrier. This incident is just one of many cases involving victims injured due to self-driving or "autonomous vehicles."

Two Dead, Four Injured After 18-Wheeler Lets Load of Gravel Loose on Road

On February 18, 2019, the driver of an 18-wheeler that was carrying gravel on 359 West lost its entire load, covering the highway in gravel. The gravel spill resulted in an accident that the 18-wheeler was not even involved in, which left four injured and two dead.

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay Over $300 Million for Baby Powder Case

Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of popular talc baby powder has lost another case, this time in New York. Several lawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that Johnson & Johnson's talc-based baby powder causes certain cancers. Thus far, only a handful of cases have actually been tried to a jury.

Texas Man Files Lawsuit Against Atmos Energy Corporation After Being Severely Burned in a Gas Leak Explosion

Russell McElyea is suing Atmos Energy Corporation after being severely burned when his friend's home exploded due to a gas leak. On May 14, 2017, Mr. McElyea was visiting his friend Raul Pedroza at his home in Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Pedroza was preparing lunch when he lit his stove, causing the house to explode in a gaseous fireball. McElyea managed to grab Pedroza and drag him out the front door just before an additional explosion occurred in the home. McElyea suffered burns to his face and arms and even went into a coma shortly after the incident. Pedroza sustained serious burns to more than 70 percent of his body, eventually succumbing to his wounds. According to the lawsuit, Atmos failed to properly warn Pedroza and himself of the dangers associated with gas leaks.

VA Settles Lawsuit

On June 20, 2016, George Walker, then 75 years old, called the VA's American Lake Division and complained of shortness of breath and chest pain. Mr. Walker was directed to go to the American Lake Urgent Care. Mr. Walker went as instructed the following day. The staff at American Lake Urgent Care had him transported by ambulance to the VA's Seattle Division. He was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, which is a hereditary narrowing of the aortic valve; he needed a replacement. The VA scheduled his surgery for July 5, 2016, and sent him home. On July 1, Mr. Walker died at home. His widow, Peggy Walker, sued.

E-Cigarette Flavors Could Be Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

While e-cigarettes are not considered as risky as regular cigarettes, researchers may have found a link between flavorings and a bad effect on the heart. In laboratory dishes, scientists grew cells that normally line the healthy human blood vessels. They then exposed cells to six different e-cigarette flavorings, testing if the flavors caused any effects. This method eliminated the possibility that nicotine caused any adverse effects. They also analyzed the effects of bathing those cells in blood taken from people right after they had an e-cigarette. Finally, they did a comparison of the cells' exposure to blood from nonsmokers and people who smoked a regular cigarette.

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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