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Deaths from Drivers Running Red Lights Reached a 10-Year High

According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the last full year numbers are available and show the number of people killed due to someone driving through a red light reached 939 in 2017. This is a 31% increase from a low of 715 in 2009. The study tracked anyone who was killed, which includes the driver, passengers, people in another vehicle or people outside of a vehicle.

Man Brings Lawsuit Against DoorDash After Being Stabbed by DoorDash Driver

Fabio Coppola filed a lawsuit against DoorDash after one of its drivers attacked him in his restaurant. Coppola is the owner and operator of Roma Deli. One evening Mackie Allen was waiting in his car outside of the Roma Deli for a DoorDash order to be prepared. Allen entered Roma Deli and began yelling obscenities at Coppola, who tried to calm Allen down but to no avail. Coppola informed Allen he would be filing a complaint with DoorDash due to Allen's behavior, at which point Allen produced a pocketknife and slashed Coppola's left hand. Coppola then turned to run from Allen but was caught and stabbed in the ribs just below the heart as well as stabbed in the back multiple times. Following the stabbing Allen then completed his DoorDash delivery.

Jury Awards $2.055 Billion to Cancer Victims: Couple Used Roundup and Both Developed Cancer

Last year, the first verdict against Monsanto, the primary manufacturer of Roundup came in for $289 million. DeWayne Johnson, the first of hundreds of litigants nationwide to be heard in court for their claims against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, is currently dying from his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Years of exposure to Roundup were found to be a significant contributing factor. The cost to uninformed consumers significantly exposed to Roundup has been the development of cancers including NHL and multiple myeloma (a bone cancer). This verdict has paved the way for what promises to be years of contentious litigation for Monsanto, and potentially extreme costs for their product.

$80 Million Verdict in Lawsuit Alleging Falsified Logbook

A Hidalgo County jury recently issued an $80 million verdict to a truck driver who fell asleep while driving along I-59 in Alabama in 2015. The plaintiff, Lauro Lozano, sued his bosses for forcing him to falsify his logs and continue driving when he should have taken a 34-hour restart.

A Houston Customer Suffers Leg Injury After a Slip and Fall Incident at Kroger

A Kroger customer filed a lawsuit in Harris County against the grocery store for injuries suffered while shopping there. The lawsuit, filed on August 19, 2019, pertains to the customer's slip and fall incident that took place in July of 2018.

Texas Man Sues the Texas Gas Services After His Home Exploded Due to a Gas Leak

Austin resident, David Passman, is suing propane provider, Texas Gas, following a residential gas explosion that occurred on October 27, 2018. The explosion completely destroyed Passman's home and took the life of his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Burton. Just prior to the explosion, Burton turned on the home's oven to make a pizza, which caused a large amount gas that had accumulated throughout the home to ignite. A neighbor managed to drag Burton from the burning home, but she soon succumbed to her injuries. Passman woke up in a local hospital nine days later after sustaining a severe concussion and burns over his body. Since the explosion he has undergone nine surgeries and is expected to undergo more as he continues the slow journey to recovery.

$17 Million Verdict for Girl Injured by Railway Company

A Missouri jury awarded $17 million to a girl who suffered brain injuries, a torn aorta, kidney damage, and several fractures as the result of a train accident.

Court Rules That Insurance Company Must Cover Accidents Caused by DWI

Recently, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office reported that more than 750 people were arrested on various drunk driving charges between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day, a period it calls the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer."

Chrysler Recalls Additional 693,000 Vehicles

Recently, Chrysler announced they would be recalling an additional 693,000 trucks due to issues with the tailgates. Some of the recalled tailgates potentially can open on their own during transit. The recall includes Ram Models 1500, 2500, and 3500 manufactured in 2013 and 2014.

Jury Awards $242 Million Verdict Against Toyota After Finding Defects Caused Children to Suffer Permanent Head and Brain Injuries

In August of 2018, a Dallas County jury awarded more than $242 million to a family after finding manufacturing defects in the family's Lexus vehicle had caused their children to suffer skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries after an otherwise minor collision.

Man Files Suit Against Texas Gas Service After Home Exploded

On October 27, 2018, a gas explosion occurred in David Passman's home in Austin, Texas. His longtime girlfriend, Nicole Burton, died. Mr. Passman has spent the last year in and out of the hospital; he's had nine surgeries to date and faces many more. Mr. Passman and the estate of Ms. Burton have filed suit against Texas Gas Service.

Study Results: Deaths Due to Running Red Lights at 10 Year High

There is an epidemic on American roads because more people are being killed as a result of drivers running red lights. In 2017 alone, at least 939 people were killed because of a driver who blew through a red light, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study. That figure has been increasing since 2012. What this means is that at least two people are killed every day at the hands of drivers running red lights.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Lyft

The family of a deceased man is suing Lyft after one of its drivers caused his death in a car accident. Accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by the negligence of drivers that work for ridesharing companies such as Uber or Lyft have become quite common. Further, these accidents do not only harm passengers; pedestrians have been hit, people abducted, and valuables stolen. Due to these incidents, Uber and Lyft maintain relatively large liability insurance policies so they have the insurance funds available to compensate those injured or harmed by their drivers.

Women Are Most Likely to Suffer Injury in New Cars

Women wearing seat belts are significantly more likely to suffer injury than their male counterparts. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics shows that belted female auto occupants have 73 % greater odds of being seriously injured in frontal car crashes compared to belted males. The difference in risk is greatest for injury to the lower extremities, but also occurs with several other types of injury.

Geico Refuses Its Insured's Claim Despite Underinsured Motorist Coverage

On August 5, 2019, a Texas resident filed a lawsuit in Harris County Civil Court against Geico County Mutual Insurance Company ("Geico"), alleging breach of contract and bad faith.

The Increased Dangers of Vaping

The evidence is growing on the dangers of vaping. The New York Times has just reported a second death of a person has occurred due to severe lung illness that developed after vaping. This death occurred in Oregon and the investigation revealed the individual who died apparently became sick after vaping T.H.C. [tetrahydrocannabinol] from a product purchased at a recreational marijuana shop in the state. The lead investigator, Dr. Ann Thomas, "said that the doctor who treated the patient recognized several weeks later that the patient's lung infection was consistent with a syndrome thought to be connected to vaping that has affected more than 200 people around the country this summer, according to federal health officials."

$55.9 Million Verdict for Woman Injured After Spinal Surgery

A New York jury awarded $55.9 million to a woman and her spouse in a lawsuit that alleged a spinal surgery left her paralyzed.

Recent AAA Study Reveals Increasing Number of Fatalities Associated with Drivers Running Red Lights

According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA), 939 people lost their lives in 2017 from drivers speeding through red lights. That number has continuously increased since 2009. The study also revealed that many Americans admittedly disregard red lights and nearly one in three confessed to running a red light within the thirty day period preceding their interview. The fatalities included drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

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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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