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Harris County Resident Suffers Injuries After a Slip and Fall on Katy Dealership Premises

On August 29, 2019, a Harris County resident filed a complaint against Autonation Ford Katy also known as Texan Ford Inc. in a Harris County district court, alleging injuries sustained as a result of a slip and fall incident on the dealership's premises.

Fisher Price Recalls Dangerous Chair Due to Multiple Infant Deaths

Fisher Price, the company well known for making toys and other products targeted toward babies and small children, recently recalled its Rock 'n Play baby sleeper.

Johnson & Johnson Liable for $8 Billion in Damages

A Philadelphia jury sent a strong message to Johnson & Johnson regarding the company's marketing of its prescription drug Risperdal. A Maryland man filed a lawsuit alleging that the company failed to properly acknowledge known risks that the prescription medication could lead to breast growth in boys.

Pilots Out of Work Due to Grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX Sue Boeing for Lost Wages

As of March 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX has been involved in two fatal accidents resulting in a great outcry over the safety of the planes and causing authorities to ground the 737 MAX across the globe. The grounding of the 737 MAX has wiped out more than 30,000 Southwest Airline flights alone and resulted in the loss of more than $100,000,000 in lost wages for pilots who have been unable to fly.

$100M Trial Against Security Company for Wrongful Death Caused by Armored Truck Settles During Jury Deliberations

In January 2018, an armored truck driver in Arlington, Texas, made an unexpected left-hand turn, hitting and killing a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist's family filed a lawsuit against the security company that employed the driver, arguing that the company had a history of failing to adequately vet, train, and supervise its drivers.

Lyft Driver Attacks Rider, Lawsuit Claims Lyft Failed to Screen

A lawsuit has been filed against Lyft and a Lyft driver for a vicious assault of a would-be rider. In May of 2017, Jonathan Pratt was attacked by his Lyft driver in New York City, New York. Pratt called for a Lyft ride, but the Lyft driver allegedly had issues finding Pratt's pick-up location. As time passed, Pratt eventually attempted to cancel the Lyft ride so he and a friend could take a taxi instead. The Lyft driver then arrived and immediately began berating Pratt, using profanities and aggressive language.

Child Drownings

Currently, Texas is leading the nation in the number of drowning accidents involving children. Particularly, Harris County is the most frequent location of child related drownings.

A 10-Year-Old Girl Died After Being Thrown from Ride

According to the New Jersey State Police, a 10-year-old girl was ejected from a ride called "Extreme" at 6:18 p.m. on October 12, 2019. She suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.

Roof Collapse in New Orleans Leaves at Least Two Dead, Many Others Injured

Anybody working in construction knows that there are certain risks that come with the job. Working with dangerous tools, loose nails, and even falling objects are all well-known risks of being on a construction site. But what about falling roofs?

Boeing Begins Settling Claims Involving the Crash of Lion Air 737 MAX for at Least $1,200,000 Per Claim

Boeing has begun to settle the claims of families whose loved ones were killed in a Boeing 737 MAX crash which occurred on October 29, 2018, in the Java Sea. The crash occurred shortly after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, all 189 of the passengers and crew died.

FDA Investigates Reports of Seizures from Vaping

Recently the Food and Drug Administration announced that it will be investigating over 120 seizure incidents related to the use of vaping pens. The current FDA study regarding vaping is focused on seizure incidents from 2009 to 2019.

GM Recalls 3.8 Million Vehicles for Defective Brakes

General Motors recently issued a recall for 3.5 million U.S. pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that makes braking more difficult and has been linked to 113 accidents and 13 injuries. GM previously issued a recall in Canada for 300,000 vehicles.

A Galveston Vessel Crewmember Suffers Injuries After Falling Through an Open Hatch

A Galveston man filed a lawsuit in the Galveston County District Court against Del Monte Fresh Produce (Texas) Inc., and Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. (collectively "Del Monte") for injuries suffered while working as a crewmember aboard the M/V Star Leader vessel. The incident causing the crewmember's injuries took place in May of 2019 and the lawsuit was filed a few short months later.

Man Dies from Faulty Keyless Ignition System

An Ohio man, Ross Emery, died in his sleep in early September from carbon monoxide poisoning that seeped into his house from the car in his garage. Emery's 2015 Toyota Avalon, like many cars across the country, includes a keyless ignition system. Unlike a traditional metal car key, cars with a keyless ignition system use a remote fob that is detected by the "start-stop" button in the ignition system. Then, all you have to do is get in the car with the fob in your pocket or in your purse and press the "start-stop" button to start the engine. You press it again later to turn off the engine, once you have reached your destination.

$40 Million Verdict in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

A California jury awarded $40 million to a woman suffering from mesothelioma. The lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson alleged that the popular baby powder caused her mesothelioma diagnosis in 2017.

Parents of Boy Rendered a Quadriplegic Playing Football Bring Lawsuit Against Helmet Company

On September 17, 2019, 17-year-old Scott Akins was seriously injured during in a high school football game after sustaining a life-altering brain injury that rendered him a quadriplegic who will never live independently again.

Intercontinental Terminals Company Oil Spill Under Investigation

Intercontinental Terminals Company may be fined for an oil spill at its Deer Park facility on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Currently, the United States Coast Guard is investigating the spill that occurred following a locomotive fuel tank was punctured and leaked an unspecified amount of diesel into a storm drain. It ultimately closed the Houston Ship Channel for nearly three hours. The extent of the spill is unknown, but an ITC representative indicated the company alerted the Coast Guard, who in turn deployed vacuum trucks, skimmers and a containment boom to isolate and clean up the spill. The Coast Guard will also continue to monitor the potential impact on the area and the recovery efforts.

Pregnant Mother and 2-Year-Old Son Tragically Killed in Crash Caused by Suspected Drunk Driver

On August 30, 2019, a 20-year-old man was driving eastbound at a high rate of speed on State Highway 11, when he drove into the westbound lanes, crashing into a second truck that was towing a trailer. The second truck was being driven by a 39-year-old man whose 7-month-pregnant wife, 3-year-old son, and 2-year-old son were also in the truck with him.

Offshore Injuries: Companies Want You to Trust Them While They Work Against You

It is no secret that working offshore can be very dangerous work. Because the maritime industry has been around for centuries, the law in the United States has been able to develop so that there are a lot of rules and regulations governing the responsibilities maritime companies must uphold to keep their offshore workers safe. These companies have the advantage of knowing their responsibilities, but that doesn't mean they share this knowledge with their employees. What that means is that many maritime workers who become injured do not know their rights and simply trust in their employer to "do the right thing."

E-Cigarettes Can Be a Ticking Time Bomb in Your Pocket

E-cigarettes, also called "e-cigs" or "vapes," are relatively new products intended to replace traditional cigarettes. Since 2008, e-cigarette sales have exploded from $20 million in annual sales to a $4 billion market. Given the increasingly popularity of e-cigarettes, many companies have attempted to jump on the band wagon by releasing their own devices to capture some of the market. However, as is often the case, concerns about product safety take a back seat to the quest for big profits.

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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