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Insurance Premiums Expected to Go up After Hurricane Harvey and Irma

The hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida are already estimated at billions of dollars. Thousands of small businesses, even those with insurance coverage, face a long process of claims and rebuilding that could take years. Insurance companies are set to pay out large claims, however many experts say that this is an opportunity for insurance companies to raise premiums.

Hurricane Harvey Lawsuits

Less than a month after Houston took a devastating hit from Hurricane Harvey, Houston residents are bringing to light yet another major problem. Thousands of businesses and houses were intentionally flooded, due to a decision made by government officials to release an unprecedented amount of water into the Buffalo Bayou. On the early morning of August 28, 2017, the controlled release of water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs flooded about 4,000 homes in the surrounding areas, sadly forcing thousands of families to evacuate their homes.

Baylor University Reaches Confidential Settlement in Title IX Sexual Assault Case

Last week, Baylor University and an alleged victim of a gang rape by then-Baylor University football players announced that they had reached a confidential settlement in a Title IX lawsuit the woman filed in January. The victim, referred to in court documents as Elizabeth Doe, alleged that she was raped by Baylor football players Tre'Von Armstead and Myke Chatman in April 2013 after an off-campus party. Both men are currently awaiting trial on criminal charges arising from the incident. Elizabeth Doe's lawsuit is the fourth Title IX lawsuit Baylor has resolved related to its sexual assault scandal. In July, Baylor announced that it had reached a settlement with another former student who alleged that she was assaulted in 2015. Baylor has also reached settlements with at least three other alleged victims of sexual assault who did not file lawsuits. Each of the pending lawsuits includes claims that the school's discriminatory policies and inadequate response to allegations of sexual assault created a heightened risk that students would be sexually assaulted.

Six Flags Great America Responsible for Mother's Injury

In the U.S., millions of people of all ages visit theme parks each year. The initial fear of a ride usually stems from a possibility of accidents or the feeling of being out of control. Most people overcome their fears by assuring themselves that the rides offer a "safe" thrill. This unfortunately was not the case for Shatoya Meeks, who visited Six Flags Great America in July 2011, one of the nation's largest theme parks. Meeks was taken to the hospital after she sustained injuries to her wrist and hands while riding Wahoo Racer at the Gurnee at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. Meeks' attorneys claimed that Six Flags personnel failed to operate the slide properly, failed to inspect the ride prior to opening, and failed to warn park customers of the present dangers.

Court Upholds $1.5M Judgement for Waterslide Injury

Shatoya Meeks filed a lawsuit and claimed that in July 2011 she suffered cuts and torn ligaments to her wrist and hands while riding the Wahoo Racer. The Wahoo Racer is a ride at the Gurnee amusement park's Hurricane Harbor water park. In her suit, Ms. Meeks alleged that amusement park workers negligently operated the slide, failed to inspect the ride properly before its operation, and failed to adequately warn riders. Attorneys for the water park countered Ms. Meeks lawsuit and claimed that she should have been more attentive while on the ride and that her own negligence contributed to the accident.

Family of Boy Who Died at Waterpark to Receive $20 Million in Settlement

On August 7, 2016, Caleb Schwab visited the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas with his three brothers and parents. Unfortunately, due to a horrific incident on the Verrückt-deemed the world's tallest waterslide-Caleb never returned home.

The Haverstock Hill Apartments' Shootings

Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. of the law offices of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is currently investigating the mass shooting that occurred at the Haverstock Hill Apartments located at 5619 Aldine Bender Road, Houston, Texas 77032, on Sunday, that left 2 dead and 4 others, including a former America's Next Top Model contestant, in critical condition.

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